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Jungle Raiders (1985)

La leggenda del rubino malese (original title)
PG-13 | | Action, Adventure | August 1985 (USA)
An expedition enters an unexplored jungle to search for a legendary ruby.

Director:

Antonio Margheriti (as Anthony M. Dawson)

Writers:

Giovanni Simonelli (screenplay), Giovanni Simonelli (story)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Christopher Connelly ... Captain Yankee
Marina Costa Marina Costa ... Maria Janez
Lee Van Cleef ... Warren
Luciano Pigozzi ... Gin Fizz (as Alan Collins)
Dario Pontonutti Dario Pontonutti
Mike Monty Mike Monty ... Professor Lansky
Rene Abadeza Rene Abadeza ... Alain
Cirillo Vitali Cirillo Vitali
Francesco Arcuri Francesco Arcuri
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Storyline

Malaya 1938. Captain Yankee and his friend Gin Fizz make a living by selling dreams to rich foreigners. With the help of some natives they let their clients think to have lived fantastic adventures. One day Maria Cortez, a Columbian museum director, arrives to search for a fabulous ruby and Captain Yankee is blackmailed by Warren into accepting the task. It won't be easy. Written by Baldinotto da Pistoia

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Action | Adventure

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Country:

Italy

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

August 1985 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Captain Yankee See more »

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Production Co:

Immagine S.r.l. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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The movie opens with a title reading, "Malaysia, 1938." There was no such country at the time; the Federated Malay States adopted the name in 1963. See more »

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Jungle Raiders - Please Kill me Now
27 July 2001 | by andymrasSee all my reviews

Golan-Globus were shameless ripoff artists of the 80s who could take a formula from a successful film then turn it into atrocious cinema. How anyone outside of the third world could have been suckered into seeing Jungles Raiders, instead of Raiders of the Lost Atk, from which most the whole concept comes, is beyond me.

Bela Lugosi was to Ed Wood, what Lee Van Cleef is to this film – the only recognizable actor, past his prime but clearly content to collect a paycheck for the grandkids. For the most part the rest of the actors were Italian hacks whose dubbing is almost (but not quite) laughably bad. My favorite feature of the looping is what would appear to be a rule: all actors that are onscreen at any given moment must be talking or at least making utterances. Never mind that their mouths may now be closed, or that there is no reason for them to be talking – they are gonna make some noise and there's nothing you can do about it.

It's like bad porn, where the girl is moaning with her mouth shut (or occupied). Furthermore, these Italians must go to the School of Gusto Laughs where all male actors are taught to end all dialog lines with a hearty pirate's laugh. Just watch – it could make a good drinking game.

In a nutshell, however, this movie is bad – with a capital A. Not bad enough to be good, as I had hoped, but just plain bad. No story (and the story elements there are are taken directly from Raiders of the Lost Ark), no acting – lots of action with no motivation or reward in the last 20 minutes of the film.

Although some companies take great pains to maintain the quality of their film stock archives, noone should shed a tear if the entire Golan-Globus stock were to go up in flames tomorrow. The shelfspace is worth more.


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