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Amazon (1990)

Widowed and broke Finnish businessman Kari takes his two teenage daughters with him to Brazil. A bush pilot introduces him to the idea of gold mining in the jungle, but a beautiful and ... See full summary »

Director:

Mika Kaurismäki
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1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Credited cast:
Kari Väänänen ... Kari
Robert Davi ... Dan
Rae Dawn Chong ... Paola
Minna Sovio Minna Sovio ... Nina (as Minna)
Aili Sovio Aili Sovio ... Lea
Ruy Polanah Ruy Polanah ... Julio Cesar (as Rui Polanah)
Pirkko Hämäläinen ... Susanne
Expedito Barreira Expedito Barreira ... Dealer
Luis Otavio Luis Otavio ... Money Changer
Sidney Martins Sidney Martins ... Thief
Ana Mel Ana Mel ... Black Whore
Abimael Tosin Abimael Tosin ... First Flight Customer
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Neil Barton ... Bartender
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Storyline

Widowed and broke Finnish businessman Kari takes his two teenage daughters with him to Brazil. A bush pilot introduces him to the idea of gold mining in the jungle, but a beautiful and educated local woman warns him about the possible consequences to the rain forest. Kari has mixed feelings about the project, until an accident puts him in the care of a local Indian tribe. Written by Markku Kuoppamäki

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Adventure in a world where every man has his limits... and every dream its price.

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Drama

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
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Crazy Credits

Alligators in this film were neither killed nor mistreated. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Haapasalo Goes America: Episode #1.8 (2014) See more »

Soundtracks

Amazon
Sung by Milton Nascimento
Composed by Nana Vasconcelos and Matthias Gohl
Lyrics by Duncan Lindsay
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Interesting if imperfect jungle film
28 June 2001 | by JohnSealSee all my reviews

Contrary to the only other 'review' of this film, Amazon is a fairly interesting and serious attempt to blend the adventure and art genres.

Director Mika Kaurismaki has clearly learned a lot from the Werner Herzog playbook, as there are many echoes of both Fitzcarraldo (with the Caterpillar filling in for the riverboat) and Aguirre. Amazon manages to make a decent case for rain forest preservation without bashing us over the head with that thesis. The film's major weakness is,predictably, its star turn by the acting-challenged Rae Dawn Chong, who fills in needlessly as the love interest. Otherwise this is a leisurely-paced but intriguing look at the greed driving the (presumably still ongoing) deforestation of this ecological landmark.


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English | Portuguese | Finnish

Release Date:

14 December 1990 (Finland) See more »

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Budget:

FIM15,358,089 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

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2.35 : 1
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