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Green Mansions (1959)

A young man in the jungles of Venezuela meets a strange girl of the forest and falls in love with her.

Director:

Mel Ferrer

Writers:

Dorothy Kingsley (screenplay), William Henry Hudson (novel)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Audrey Hepburn ... Rima
Anthony Perkins ... Abel
Lee J. Cobb ... Nuflo
Sessue Hayakawa ... Runi
Henry Silva ... Kua-Ko
Nehemiah Persoff ... Don Panta
Michael Pate ... Priest
Estelle Hemsley Estelle Hemsley ... Cla-Cla
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Storyline

A young Venezuelan idealist flees his native land to escape a revolution. Hoping to find peace, he goes to the mountains and the forests of the Amazon. There he encounters Rima, the Bird Girl, an orphan living a life of nature. It is all an admirable romance telling a tale of "quest, love, and violence." Written by alfiehitchie

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...the forbidden forests beyond the Amazon See more »


Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 September 1959 (West Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Tropenglut See more »

Filming Locations:

Santa Clarita, California, USA See more »

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Budget:

$3,288,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

4-Track Stereo (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Director Ferrer made a scouting trip to South American and shot stock footage to use in the process photography in this film. Acres of studio back lot were then constructed to match that footage. See more »

Goofs

When Abel kneels over the dead fawn, it can be seen breathing. See more »

Quotes

Abel: [as they come upon a rare, solitary flower in the forest] What is it?
Rima: It's called the Hata flower. It blooms for the space of a moon and then disappears. Yet it never dies. That very moment it blooms again at another place, in another part of the forest.
Rima: If you look in this place tomorrow and it is gone, you must not be sad, because you know it still exists, not very far away.
Abel: [looking a little skeptical] That's a beautiful legend.
Rima: A legend?
Abel: A legend is a story that is handed down from generation...
[...]
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Connections

Referenced in Free Radicals: A History of Experimental Film (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

Song of Green Mansions
Music by Bronislau Kaper
Lyrics by Paul Francis Webster
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Awful, but . . .
7 May 2009 | by jacksflicksSee all my reviews

Tony Perkins in tight pants, wrestling Henry Silva in loin cloth, in lagoon, for love of jungle princess Audrey Hepburn. Yep, that's about it. Tony and Audrey are supposed to be around 19 and 16 respectively, even though he's really 26 and she's pushing 30. Which is almost OK, since everything is so gauzy.

The story is silly and the production cheesy, and it all comes out like made-for-TV, which is a kind-of compliment, since it was released in 1959, which makes it ahead of its time, though, given the quality of made-for-TV, and that people had to buy a ticket to see this thing, that's not much consolation.

It's lush and ripe, and though they claim it's filmed in South America, I can see the familiar landscapes of the backlot and the flora and fauna of the San Diego Zoo. This one is borderline MST3000, so the best way to watch it is stoned.


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