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The Lost Tribe (1983)

An anthropologist disappears in New Zealand while looking for a lost tribe, so his wife and little daughter as well as his shady twin brother who's in love with his sister-in-law go to look... See full summary »

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... Edward / Max Scarry
Darien Takle ... Ruth Scarry
Don Selwyn ... Sergeant Swain
Martyn Sanderson ... Bill Thorne
Emma Takle ... Katy
Ian Watkin ... Mears
Adele Chapman ... Eileen Armstrong
Joanne Simpson ... Louise
Alex Aitchison ... Ramsay (as Alex Atcheson)
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An anthropologist disappears in New Zealand while looking for a lost tribe, so his wife and little daughter as well as his shady twin brother who's in love with his sister-in-law go to look for him. Also seeking him are the police, who suspect that one of the twins is responsible for a hooker's murder. Jealousy, paranoia and possibly the occult add to the story's ominous atmosphere. Written by Brian J. Wright <tyrannorabbit@hotmail.com>

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October 1983 (Spain)  »

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La malédiction de l'île  »

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Dark, spooky story, but doesn't click. Nice scenery tho.
19 November 1999 | by See all my reviews

Although the movie gives us views of beautiful, and some inaccessible, parts of New Zealand, specifically the fiords, that's about the best part of it.

A movie that's dark in spirit and look can be powerful, but this one is just unrelenting. Representative of that is the spooky soundtrack, which could be a loop tape -- same beginning to end. The story builds as a case of white man foolishly poking into Maori prohibited lands and history, but shifts to something more pedestrian in a way that's predictable. It's a good New Zealand production for the '80s. Meaning, they tried to equal some of the great Aussie films of the period and didn't quite pull it off. My summary: Somewhat enjoyable but not memorable.


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