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Skullduggery (1970)

PG | | Adventure | 6 March 1970 (USA)
The missing-link is found on a safari in New Guinea. Is it human or animal?

Directors:

Gordon Douglas, Richard Wilson (uncredited)

Writers:

Nelson Gidding (screenplay), Vercors (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Burt Reynolds ... Douglas Temple
Susan Clark ... Dr. Sybil Greame
Roger C. Carmel ... Otto Kreps
Paul Hubschmid ... Vancruysen
Chips Rafferty ... Father 'Pop' Dillingham
Alexander Knox ... Buffington
Pat Suzuki Pat Suzuki ... Topazia
Edward Fox ... Bruce Spofford
Wilfrid Hyde-White ... Eaton
William Marshall ... Attorney General
Rhys Williams ... Judge Draper
Mort Marshall Mort Marshall ... Dr. Figgins
Michael St. Clair Michael St. Clair ... Tee Hee Lawrence
Booker Bradshaw ... Smoot
John Kimberley John Kimberley ... Epstein
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Storyline

An expedition into the interior of Papua New Guinea comes across a tribe of ape-like people who may or may not be ancestors of early man. However, the influence of modern man is to have devastating effects upon these forgotten people. Written by Jonathon Dabell <barnabyrudge@hotmail.com>

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A band of adventurers matches raw courage against the terrors of the New Guinea jungle...to bring back the creature that has haunted science for centuries! See more »

Genres:

Adventure

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 March 1970 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Abenteuer in Neuguinea See more »

Filming Locations:

Samoa See more »

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Budget:

$4,500,000 (estimated)
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Universal Pictures See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Original director Richard Wilson was fired and replaced by Gordon Douglas. See more »

Quotes

Douglas Temple: Sybil, I'm going to tell you something I've never told a woman before; your fly is open!
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Connections

Version of Zoo ou L'assassin philanthrope (1977) See more »

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Burt Reynolds Shows Promise For More Important Roles
2 March 2015 | by slightlymad22See all my reviews

Continuing my plan to watch every Burt Reynolds movie in his filmography in order, I come to Skullduggery.

Plot In A Paragraph: Douglas Temple (a likable Burt Reynolds) manages to wrangle his way on to a jungle expedition in New Guinea when anthologist Sybil Greame (Susan Clarke) lands in his territory. While she searches for old bones, he searches for phosphor (which is used in the "new" colour TV's) they not only discover both, but a whole lot more.

I'm amazed by what I read on here sometimes, as some of the people rating this movie 2/10 or worse 1/10 clearly just didn't get it. Even if it was made today this movie would still ring true.

Burt Reynolds is incredibly likable and shows great promise for more important roles. However "Skullduggery" winds up a bit of a mismatch due to an inconsistent mix of humour and human drama. That's down to bad editing and poor direction.


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