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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.

Director:

John Guillermin

Writers:

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

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
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Storyline

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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Part Animal. Part Legend. All Woman. See more »

Genres:

Adventure | Fantasy

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 August 1984 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Sheena: Queen of the Jungle See more »

Filming Locations:

Kenya

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Box Office

Budget:

$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,950,114, 19 August 1984

Gross USA:

$5,778,353
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Another problem the filmmakers faced was the length of time it took to get the dailies back from London, which was the closest place to have the film processed. It took two weeks before the dailies arrived back in Africa and by that time the crew would have moved on to another location. Director John Guillermin and his crew had to hope that everything they shot was right the first time around. See more »

Goofs

During most of the movie, Sheena is barefoot. When she gets to the Zambuli after escaping from the crashing helicopter, she has sandals. She is wearing those sandals when she pursues Otwani while riding on her zebra. After Otwani makes her fall from the zebra, she is barefoot again - the sandals disappear forever. See more »

Quotes

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 »

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Marika And The Water Deer
Composed and Conducted by Richard Hartley
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A great movie for all children. See Africa and it's animals on film....
29 October 1999 | by havana-2See all my reviews

This film is visually spectacular. The locations in Africa are really amazing, and so are the scenes with the animals. I don't think that I have seen anything like this before. I must say that this is mostly a children's film. Although Sheena (Tanya Roberts) is sexy and scantily clad, the film is about a young girl, brought up by native Africans, who has special kinetic powers and can communicate with animals.

I don't feel that this film has ever really been seen on a wide scale, and although it isn't perfect, it is worth a watch. The music and cinematography definitely make up for the holes in the story and the direction.


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