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Tarzan and the Great River (1967)

Tarzan is summoned to Brazil by an old friend to stop an evil tribal cult from destroying native villages and enslaving the survivors. The Lord of the Jungle is accompanied on his quest by ... See full summary »


Robert Day


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Complete credited cast:
Mike Henry ... Tarzan
Jan Murray Jan Murray ... Captain Sam Bishop
Manuel Padilla Jr. ... Pepe
Diana Millay ... Dr. Ann Philips
Rafer Johnson ... Barcuna
Paulo Gracindo ... Professor


Tarzan is summoned to Brazil by an old friend to stop an evil tribal cult from destroying native villages and enslaving the survivors. The Lord of the Jungle is accompanied on his quest by a pretty blonde doctor, a boy and a grizzled sea captain. Written by Marty McKee <mmckee@wkio.com>

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native | tarzan | jungle | riverboat | lion | See All (23) »


More action... More thrills... More heart-stopping adventure than anything now on the screen! See more »


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September 1967 (USA) See more »

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Tarzan and the Big River See more »

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Color (Eastmancolor)

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2.35 : 1
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In the second week of filming, Dinky the chimp bit Mike Henry on the jaw. It took 20 stitches to repair the wound. Henry had monkey fever delirium for three days, and took three weeks to recuperate. The chimp was destroyed and replaced. Henry later sued the production company for negligence. He won the suit, but the amount was not made public. See more »


Three cult natives are shown rising from brush to attack Captain Bishop (Murray) on the boat. Tarzan side-tackles all three and knocks them all down. Then Tarzan dispatches two of them and one is seen fleeing away. However, the next scene shows three natives on the ground. See more »


Barcuna: Take him to the pit.
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Follows Tarzan's Three Challenges (1963) See more »

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Tarzan Takes On Jaguar Jungle Cult
5 November 2011 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Mike Henry is Tarzan in Tarzan And The Great River, the great river of course being the Amazon. Tarzan is on a mission in the Amazon head waters country taking on a Jaguar jungle cult that is headed by Olympic athlete Rafer Johnson. Henry is in Brazil at the behest of an old friend Paulo Gracindo. When Gracindo is killed Henry doubles in his resolve to put an end to Johnson who is enslaving whole villages in the area.

Tarzan's traveling companions are Jan Murray who has an African Queen boat delivering medical supplies to Dr. Diana Millay. Murray does some of his borscht belt shtick in the role of the captain and he has a young kid Manuel Padilla who travels with him.

Henry and Johnson have a dandy climatic fight scene when Tarzan overcomes the many obstacles put in his path. I do so love when Tarzan provides those South American crocodiles called kamen some lunch with some of Rafer Johnson's warriors.

This is an amusing entrée in the Tarzan series, but one better suited for the juvenile trade.

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