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Mozambique (1964)

Not Rated | | Action, Crime, Drama | 9 February 1966 (USA)
An out-of-work and penniless American pilot is offered work in Mozambique and promptly becomes an unwitting pawn in a world of drug smuggling, kidnap and murder.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Brad Webster
... Ilona Valdez (as Hildegarde Neff)
... Commaro
... Christina
... Da Silva
... Henderson (as Dietmar Schonherr)
... Carl
Gert van den Bergh ... The Arab (as Gert Van Den Bergh)
Vic Perry ... Sgt. Rodrigues
Harold Berens ... Banker
Peter Maxwell
Sophia Kammara ... (as Sophia Spentos)
Bill Levisohn
Josh du Toit ... Policeman (as Josh Du Toit)
Madeleine Usher ... Solo dancer
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An out-of-work and penniless American pilot is offered work in Mozambique and promptly becomes an unwitting pawn in a world of drug smuggling, kidnap and murder.

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Mozambique. Where love and murder meet by night ... and explode by day! See more »

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9 February 1966 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Blonde Fracht für Sansibar  »

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(RCA Sound Recording)

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2.35 : 1
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Final film of Steve Cochran. See more »

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When the passengers are getting off the aeroplane when it arrives in Mozambique, the covers are on the engines. It is highly unlikely they would have been put on immediately after landing. See more »

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Texan Twist
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Music by Johnny Douglas
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Exotic African Location
23 December 2016 | by See all my reviews

I would not be surprised if the film Mozambique came about because of Great Britain throwing a little tourist trade and publicity to the Salazar government in Portugal at the time. The British had divested themselves of most of their African colonies at the time, but Portugal was holding on, in the end futilely to both Mozambique and Angola. I think this British film shot in part in Mozambique was to drum up a little tourist business for the place by shooting a nice action adventure film there. And of course an obligatory American lead for that huge market.

By 1964 you could never use studio back lot jungle sets any more. Even for a routine action adventure film realism was required. The best thing that Mozambique has going for it is the location shooting in a new and modernizing Africa. The climax chase scene at Victoria Falls is quite well done and offers the world a view of one of its great natural wonders. I can appreciate living as close as I do to Niagara Falls.

Steve Cochran like so many American players having trouble finding work probably took this film for an African tour and a paycheck. He's an American pilot who for a past accident is having trouble finding work. After a dust up in a bar in Lisbon Cochran gets an offer from the Portugese police to take a job in Mozambique or spend several months in their pokey.

Once in Mozambique Cochran is hired by casino owner Martin Benson as a pilot for some smuggling. After that it's all kind of intrigue until some unsolved homicides and a couple of new ones are cleared up by the Portuges cops.

One thing about this was the white slavery racket involving young and beautiful Vivi Bach who some Arab sheik wants to add to his harem. Cochran risks all to rescue her in a rather improbable sequence from the palace of this Snidely Whiplash Arab. Of course one look at her and you can see why both villain and hero are with hormones in overdrive.

Hildegarde Knef is the widow of Cochran's original employer and Paul Hubschmid plays the cop. Nothing but the great scenery and the final action climax however is worth looking at in Mozambique.

Of course there's Ms. Bach as well.


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