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Damned River (1989)

A group hires a guide to take them whitewater rafting down the Zambezi River in Africa, but what they don't know is that the guide is actually a ....

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Michael Schroeder
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Stephen Shellen ... Ray
Lisa Aliff ... Anne
John Terlesky ... Carl
Marc Poppel ... Luke
Bradford Bancroft Bradford Bancroft ... Jerry
Louis van Niekerk Louis van Niekerk ... Von Hoenigen
Leslie Mongezi Leslie Mongezi ... Mavuso
Moses Ncube Moses Ncube ... Young Boy
Mtcheso Ncube Mtcheso Ncube ... Witchdoctor
Maita Sibanda Maita Sibanda ... Sangoma
Todd Brownell Todd Brownell ... Von Hoenigen's Man
Joe Siabe Joe Siabe ... Von Hoenigen's Man
Tetrex Tshuma Tetrex Tshuma ... Von Hoenigen's Man
Boniface Chivuvenga Boniface Chivuvenga ... Von Hoenigen's Man
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A group hires a guide to take them whitewater rafting down the Zambezi River in Africa, but what they don't know is that the guide is actually a ....

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A dream vacation... Becomes a grim Nightmare.

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Action | Adventure

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 October 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Devil's Odds See more »

Filming Locations:

Zimbabwe

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Budget:

$5,000,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color
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Trivia

The Nyami Nyami, otherwise known as the Zambezi River God or Zambezi Snake spirit, is one of the most important gods of the Tonga people. Nyami Nyami is believed to protect the Tonga people and give them sustenance in difficult times. The River God is usually portrayed as male. This myth sets the scene for the beginning of the movie, and is still a popular myth in Zimbabwe - with a statue of Nyami Nyami overlooking the wall at Kariba Dam. See more »

Alternate Versions

UK versions are cut by 26 seconds for an '18' rating. See more »

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References The Naked Prey (1965) See more »

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Somewhat predictable but well-shot outdoor action trash.
1 March 2012 | by coldwaterpdhSee all my reviews

"Damned River" is like a mix between "Deliverance" and "Treasure of the Amazon." It has elements of Euor-trash and I happened to like that a lot. It also has some comic relief...which I didn't really like.

The main star is pretty convincing in his role, but slips a few times. The part is somewhat poorly written because he has this alter-ego as a rough around the edges 'hunk' and the movie suffers a little for this.

Perhaps the most impressive element to be found is the beautiful cinematography on the river and the surrounding African nation of Zimbabwe. This movie would make a nice travelogue of the region. I was impressed to say the least.

For fans of trashy 80's action adventure and perhaps jungle/cannibal/euro trash flicks, I think there is some fun to be had here.

7 out of 10, kids.


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