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Lost in the Amazon 

"Lost in the Amazon" is an episode of Secrets of the Dead starring Liev Schreiber, Don Antonio, and Rolette de Montet-Guerin. What happened to the British explorer Col. Percy Fawcett, who went missing in the Amazon jungle in 1925 along with his son while searching for what he, due to his theosophical beliefs, believed to be a mythical lost city he called "Z".

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Episode credited cast:
... Himself - Narrator
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Don Antonio ... Himself - Bakairi Chief
Rolette de Montet-Guerin ... Herself - Fawcett's Granddaughter
Ali Ford ... Herself - Torquay Museum Researcher
Fernando Garcia ... Himself - Jungle Survival Expert
William Lowther ... Himself - Fawcett Family Friend
Charles Mann ... Himself - Author, 1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus
Niall McCann ... Himself - Explorer & Biologist
Brian Ridout ... Himself - Wildlife Biologist
Denise Schaan ... Herself - Archaeologist (as Dr. Denise Schaan)


Lost in the Amazon follows Niall McCann's search for missing Royal Geographic Society explorer Col. Percy Fawcett in the Amazon rain forest. Fawcett proposed there was a lost Amazon civilization who left ancient stone city he referred to as "Z" somewhere in the deep rain forest. He was a renowned explorer and cartographer who's previous expedition in 1921 ended in failure. In 1925 he tried again with his son Jack and Jack's best friend Raleigh Rimmell. The 1925 expedition disappeared leaving a tall legend behind. McCann is the latest to attempt to trace and discover what happened to Fawcett, and uses research of Fawcett's notebooks and interviews with natives to get to the bottom of the mystery. Written by kamas716

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20 April 2011 (USA)  »

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A bit anticlimactic....
4 October 2011 | by See all my reviews

Percy Fawcett is a name few would remember today. According to this show, he was sort of like a real-life Indiana Jones--who traveled to various wild locales where no white man had been before. However, in 1925, while looking for a legendary city like El Dorado which he called 'Z', he and his two companions disappeared. Today the folks who made this documentary are looking for signs of him or perhaps the city.

Like so many PBS documentaries, this one was told through narration, old photos and film footage and LOTS of modern recreations. Niall McCann, a handsome Welsh biologist, heads up the search while narrator Liev Schreiber got to stay home and take it easy! Unfortunately, as it turns out, Fawcett's death was STILL a complete mystery by the end of the show--and this detracted some from my enjoyment of the how. While it was mildly enjoyable seeing McCann and his friends trying to retrace Fawcett's steps, the payoff was missing. As a result, I need to knock off a few points for being so anticlimactic.

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