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River of Death (1989)

An adventurer (Hamilton) decides to go in search of the lost city in the Amazon jungle. A motley crew of other people with reasons of their own decide to join him for the wealth of the lost... See full summary »

Director:

Steve Carver

Writers:

Alistair MacLean (novel), Andrew Deutsch (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Dudikoff ... John Hamilton
Robert Vaughn ... Dr. Wolfgang Manteuffel
Donald Pleasence ... Heinrich Spaatz
Herbert Lom ... Col. Ricardo Diaz
L.Q. Jones ... Eddie Hiller
Sarah Maur Thorp Sarah Maur Thorp ... Anna Blakesley
Cynthia Erland Cynthia Erland ... Maria
Foziah Davidson Foziah Davidson ... Dalia
Victor Melleney Victor Melleney ... Doc Blakesley
Rufus Swart Rufus Swart ... Pare
Gordon Mulholland Gordon Mulholland ... Fanjul
Alain D. Woolf Alain D. Woolf ... Serrano (as Alain Woolf)
Lindsay Reardon Lindsay Reardon ... Kellner (as Lindsey Reardon)
Goliath Davids Goliath Davids ... The Shaman
Ian Yule ... Long John Silver
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Storyline

An adventurer (Hamilton) decides to go in search of the lost city in the Amazon jungle. A motley crew of other people with reasons of their own decide to join him for the wealth of the lost city. But to their horror they find out that they have bit off more than they can chew. What with a nazi doctor still doing his experiments on people in the same place. Written by <sameeru_01@yahoo.com>

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Taglines:

Adventure, Mystery and Revenge.

Genres:

Adventure

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 September 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Alistair MacLean's River of Death See more »

Filming Locations:

Port St. Johns, South Africa See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$535,031
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Ultra Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The film's opening prologue states: "Germany. The Eastern Front. April, 1945". See more »

Goofs

The troops guarding Manteuffel's lab at the beginning of the film are improperly uniformed. They wear the Nazi party swastika armbands although they are clearly wearing Wehrmacht army uniforms. The armband was only work by SS troops and Nazi officials and, by this point in the war, only with full dress uniforms and not in the field. See more »

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Guten Abend Mein Herr
Music and Lyrics by Miles Shorter
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What A Serial This Would Have Made
20 November 2008 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

I'm sure that the original novel by Alistair McLean was a whole lot better than this film would indicate. It would almost have to be. This is a style of film making not seen since the pleasant days of Republic and Monogram Pictures were active. It's almost like a bad serial without as many chapter breaks.

A Mengele like scientist played with relish by Robert Vaughn as the Allied armies are closing in on both sides of Nazi Germany has to flee. Those concentration camp inmates, wonderful subjects for experimentation are going to become unavailable shortly and he wants to continue his research. He kills a Swiss investigator and his SS backer Donald Pleasance he merely wounds in a rather stupid double cross.

Fast forward twenty years to the Sixties and two fisted adventurer Michael Dudikoff is looking for a lost Inca city in the Amazon head waters where all kinds of strange things have been happening to the natives. All sorts of other people want to get to the city as well for varying motives. They team up with the intrepid Dudikoff leading the motley expedition.

River Of Death is a throwback to those old action adventure films that used to be churned out of those B studios by the bucket load. That's not necessarily a good thing. It might have been better had this been a satire of same, but River Of Death is as serious as a crutch.

What a serial this could have been, river pirates, corrupt police, lost city, Nazi scientists, what more could you want?


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