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Sheena (1984)

Sheena grew up in the African wild, raised by a mystical witch woman. When her foster mother is framed for a murder Sheena is forced to flee, helped by her ability to talk to animals and her knowledge of the jungle.


John Guillermin


David Newman (screenplay), Lorenzo Semple Jr. (screenplay) | 2 more credits »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Tanya Roberts ... Sheena
Ted Wass ... Vic Casey
Donovan Scott ... Fletcher
Elizabeth of Toro ... Shaman
France Zobda France Zobda ... Countess Zanda
Trevor Thomas Trevor Thomas ... Prince Otwani
Clifton Jones ... King Jabalani
John Forgeham ... Jorgensen
Errol John Errol John ... Bolu
Sylvester Williams Sylvester Williams ... Juka
Bob Sherman Bob Sherman ... Grizzard
Michael Shannon ... Phillip Ames
Nancy Paul Nancy Paul ... Betsy Ames
Kathryn Gant Kathryn Gant ... Child Sheena
Kirsty Lindsay Kirsty Lindsay ... Young Sheena


Sheena's white parents are killed while on Safari. She is raised by the mystical witch woman of an African tribe. When her foster mother is framed for the murder of a political leader, Sheena and a newsman, Vic Casey are forced to flee while pursued by the mercenaries hired by the real killer, who hopes to assume power. Sheena's ability to talk to the animals and knowledge of jungle lore give them a chance against the high tech weapons of the mercenaries. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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She is an ancient prophecy fulfilled. A golden God-child possessed with a mystic gift. A gift which grew in strength as she grew in years. A gift about to be put to the ultimate test: Innocence against Evil. See more »


Adventure | Fantasy


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Release Date:

17 August 1984 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Sheena: Queen of the Jungle See more »

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Box Office


$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,950,114, 19 August 1984

Gross USA:

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Color (Metrocolor)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Several trained animals were flown to Kenya from Hollywood and it was important to see that these tamed animals were not harmed by those which roamed wild around the set. According to Animal trainer, wrangler & coordinator, "we flew over an elephant, a rhino, five lions, four leopards, four chimpanzees, five horses, and sixteen birds. It was probably the largest shipment of animals back to Africa for a film, and just getting all the necessary permits to bring them in and out of the country was a superhuman task". See more »


After the elephant crashes through the wall of the jail, the guards try to leave the room. Monkeys trying to trip the guards with a gun, drop the gun before the guards can trip on it, but the guards still fall. It happens about 36 minutes into the movie. See more »


Sheena: See! See! Even in chains, we can defeat them! Turn your minds back, oh my people. Remember yourselves- a thousand, a thousand moons ago! Bring your bows! Chief Harumba- Attack!
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Alternate Versions

In order to obtain a "PG" rating in the UK, 14 seconds were cut from the original theatrical release to edit the stabbing of a man's throat with a spear and a shot of a man on fire. The video release, rated "15" in 1986 restored the cinema cuts but lost a compulsory BBFC cut to a shot of a zebra being tripped over. See more »


Featured in At the Movies: The Stinkers of 1984 (1985) See more »


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The feminine side of Tarzan.
18 February 2008 | by lost-in-limboSee all my reviews

I could watch the wonderfully appealing Tanya Roberts all day in slow motion riding that horse… Ah I mean zebra and swinging through the jungle. Who wouldn't? She looked great. However with the acting, I just don't know if that was her natural abilities shinning through because it seemed to be taking a lot out of her with her constant head grabbing. No that's right, she's telepathically communicating with the animals ala "The Beastmaster". As for the film itself… of epic proportions. Director John Guillermin kind of shoots himself in the foot. The material tries to be fashionable with it's comic-book origins that's based upon S.M. Eiger and Will Eisner's comic strip books "Sheena, Queen of the Jungle", but transcends into campy goofiness and lazy story-telling with an awkward sexual allurement. I don't know who this was aimed at. It pushes the boundaries of juvenile silliness that seems to be aimed at children, but its free flowing t&a (thankyou to a nekid Tanya) rules out that possibility. But how, this one has a family feel to it. The action set-pieces are often poorly staged and eye-boggling, with a rough around the edges quality coming through. Other than Roberts being pretty much eye-candy, the stunning Kenya locations managed to give the film a sense of place with Pasqualino De Santis' handsome widescreen photography being smoothly protracted. On the other side of the coin Richard Hartley's music score was relatively ham-fisted and out-of-place. Even the script tackles many issues in a tacky, forced one-note mode that's quite rib-tickling or pain-staking depending on the mood of the viewer. The romance between Roberts and Wass is pitiful. Starring opposite of Roberts is Ted Wass, who's capably charming in his role. Donovan Scott is given free reign in the comic part. I don't think this film is that awful, as its made out to be, but it has quite a few bad elements that'll give it a hard time in trying to fight off that stinker tag. At least the laughs keep on coming. Unintentional or not, is the question?

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