Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Overlooked Movies: Jivaro

When I was a kid, there was no way I could resist a movie about headhunters.  Or a movie with Rhonda Fleming.  

You'll notice that the poster doesn't mention 3-D, but if you watched the trailer I posted, you can tell that the movie was obviously intended for 3-D showings.  My hometown didn't have a theater that showed 3-D, so I saw it flat. I think the rest of the country did, too, the 3-D fad having died down by the time this move was released.  Too bad, because Rhonda Fleming was great in 3-D.  Note the great scene in the trailer.  (Here are my comments on a Fleming movie that I did see in 3-D.)

What is Rhonda doing in the Brazilian jungle?  Well, she's there because her rotter of a fiance has been writing her about the plantation he owns, so she goes to check him out.  He's lying, though.  He's just a drunk who's taken up with Rita Moreno.  Rhonda arrives in town, and immediately Fernando Lamas and Brian Keith fall for her.  Who can blame them?  Lamas goes around a lot of the movie dressed as he is in the poster, so there's beefcake to go with the cheesecake.  

Along with all the rest, there's plenty of action, some shrunken heads, and a rope bridge scene, even though the rope bridge is kind of disappointing because the bridge is only a few feet above the water.  They needed some quicksand, too.  The jungle is all backlot stuff, but who cares.  I'd love to see it again.


Jerry House said...

You saw the movie flat? And it had Rhonda Fleming? Inconceivable!

Unknown said...

Here's the scary thing. Not only would my thirty-something co-workers not know Fernando Lamas, they probably don't even know Billy Crystal's Fernando. Or Lorenzo Lamas, for that matter.

Unknown said...

How soon we forget.