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The Southern Star (1969)

In 1912 West Africa, diamond tycoon Kramer hires penniless American fortune hunter Dan Rockland, who's posing as a geologist, but when a huge diamond is found, everyone wants to steal it.

Directors:

Sidney Hayers, Orson Welles (uncredited)

Writers:

David Pursall (screenplay), Jack Seddon (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
George Segal ... Dan
Ursula Andress ... Erica Kramer
Orson Welles ... Plankett
Ian Hendry ... Karl
Johnny Sekka ... Matakit
Michel Constantin ... Jose
Georges Géret ... Andre
Sylvain Levignac Sylvain Levignac ... Louis (as Sylvain)
Charles Lamb Charles Lamb ... Todd
Guy Delorme Guy Delorme ... Michael
Harry Andrews ... Kramer
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Storyline

Comedy adventure based on a Jules Verne novel about the ups and downs of jewel thieves in the wilds of Africa circa 1900. George Segal is the appealing hero-heel and Ursula Andress is visually stunning as the lady in the proceedings. Orson Welles has a small role. Written by alfiehitchie

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Country:

UK | France

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 May 1969 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor: France)| Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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The film was the 18th most popular movie at the UK box office in 1969. See more »

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Plankett: Sound the fall-in!
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Fight In The Saloon
Written and Performed by Georges Garvarentz Et Son Orchestre
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African adventures with a phenomenal casting and based on Jules Verne's novel
24 October 2006 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

The picture is set in West Africa where we find a roguish geologist adventurer ( George Segal ) and his helper ( Johnny Sekka ), there both of whom encounter a hot rock . But the gem is nevertheless ownership a magnate ( Harry Andrews ) whose gorgeous daughter ( Ursula Andress )is enamored the rogue adventurer . The chief ( Ian Hendry ) of his private troops schemes to get the girl and the diamond . Besides , an ex-security chief ( Orson Welles ) equally tries to steal the precious gem .

This amusing film displays action , adventures , humor , rip-roaring and lots of fun . The movie is narrated by means of a continuous pursuit in the jungle and we are seeing several African animals although the most by an excessive use of stock-shots , thus stampeding buffalo , elephants , gnus, lions , snake... and a peculiar thief ostrich . This unknown motion picture obtained limited success in spite of a first-rate cast and result to be immensely agreeable . The tale based on Jules Verne novel is regularly directed by Sidney Hayers . Rating : Average but entertaining . It's a good stuff for young people who enjoy enormously with the extraordinary adventures in the lush jungle.


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