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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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Taglines:

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 »

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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The name of the capital city of the fictional African nation of Tigora was "Azan". 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 »

Connections

Referenced in The Cinema Snob: Friday the 13th: A Nude Beginning (2015) See more »

Soundtracks

African Ballet
Composed and Conducted by Richard Hartley
Additional Performance by Ballet Africaines du Guinea
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Jim can't fix it for the bad guys
25 May 2002 | by heedarmySee all my reviews

Although Tanya Roberts is a terrible actress, "Sheena" isn't unenjoyable. The photography is beautiful, there's a nice score by Richard Hartley and you can get a laugh at the scene where a helicopter is downed by some very obviously fake birds. British viewers will be intrigued by actor John Forgeham (who plays the evil Colonel Jorgensen) - he's a dead ringer for ageing DJ Jimmy Saville (of "Jim'll Fix It" fame).

Rather amusingly, critic Pauline Kael, ruthless scourge of many films better than this, actually liked "Sheena"!


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