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Green Mansions (1959)

A young man in the jungles of Venezuela meets a strange girl of the forest and falls in love with her.

Director:

Mel Ferrer

Writers:

Dorothy Kingsley (screenplay), William Henry Hudson (novel)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Audrey Hepburn ... Rima
Anthony Perkins ... Abel
Lee J. Cobb ... Nuflo
Sessue Hayakawa ... Runi
Henry Silva ... Kua-Ko
Nehemiah Persoff ... Don Panta
Michael Pate ... Priest
Estelle Hemsley Estelle Hemsley ... Cla-Cla
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Storyline

A young Venezuelan idealist flees his native land to escape a revolution. Hoping to find peace, he goes to the mountains and the forests of the Amazon. There he encounters Rima, the Bird Girl, an orphan living a life of nature. It is all an admirable romance telling a tale of "quest, love, and violence." Written by alfiehitchie

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Taglines:

...the forbidden forests beyond the Amazon See more »


Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 September 1959 (West Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Tropenglut See more »

Filming Locations:

Santa Clarita, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$3,288,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$1,190,000, 31 December 1959

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,390,000, 31 December 1959
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

4-Track Stereo (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Vincente Minnelli originally started filming with Pier Angelli and Edmund Purdom starring, but MGM chiefs hated the footage, and cancelled the production. See more »

Goofs

While walking through the forest looking for her grandfather, Rima's hair changes from being in front of to behind her shoulders between shots. See more »

Quotes

Nuflo: When I was a young man I fell in with bad companions. By the time I was 40 I had sunk to ranging the countryside with a gang of ruffians. Oh, I flattered myself I was the least offensive of the lot. I never killed anyone, never stole - except to live.
Abel: Did you steal the gold from Riolama?
Nuflo: It was to be simple theft and flight. It was a massacre. They killed... they killed, and pillaged, and raped...
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Connections

Referenced in Free Radicals: A History of Experimental Film (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

Song of Green Mansions
Music by Bronislau Kaper
Lyrics by Paul Francis Webster
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An impossible story to film, but Mel Ferrer almost brings it off.
13 March 2000 | by jamil-5See all my reviews

When I read Hudson's "Green Mansions" I thought, "Well, they'll never make a movie out of this!" But director Mel Ferrer gives it a good try and might have had even more success if he had cast a stronger actor than Anthony Perkins as the male lead. Audrey Hepburn is marvelous as Rima, the bird-girl (Who else could have played the role?) and the rest of the cast is strong, especially Henry Silva as a virile, villainous Indian. There's an imaginative use of Cinemascope and the score (mostly Bronislaw Kaper but some Heitor Villa-Lobos) is atmospheric and sensuous. The revised ending (Is she dead or isn't she?) fails but the book's conclusion isn't any better. For the Romantics among us. I've seen this movie several times and never fail to enjoy it.


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