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Back from Eternity (1956)

When a commercial plane force-lands in a South-American jungle, the passengers and pilots must patch-up the engines and escape the cannibal-infested area.

Director:

John Farrow

Writers:

Jonathan Latimer (screen play by), Richard Carroll (story by)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Robert Ryan ... Bill Lonagan
Anita Ekberg ... Rena
Rod Steiger ... Vasquel
Phyllis Kirk ... Louise Melhorn
Keith Andes ... Joe Brooks
Gene Barry ... Jud Ellis
Fred Clark ... Crimp
Beulah Bondi ... Martha Spangler
Cameron Prud'Homme Cameron Prud'Homme ... Prof. Henry Spangler
Jesse White ... Pete Boswick
Adele Mara ... Maria Alvarez - Stewardess
Jon Provost ... Tommy Malone
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Storyline

A South American plane loaded with an assortment of characters crash lands in a remote jungle area in the middle of a storm. The passengers then discover they are in an area inhabited by vicious cannibals and must escape before they are found. Written by Col Needham <col@imdb.com>

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Genres:

Adventure | Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 February 1957 (West Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Portofino See more »

Filming Locations:

Burbank, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$1,500,000, 31 December 1956
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Barbara Eden's movie debut. See more »

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The presumably Panamanian (or other foreign) "Aerea Pan Latina" DC-2 aircraft shows N39165 as the registration number on its body. This would be in error as Panamanian aircraft of that era would have had the prefix HP followed by three numbers; i.e. HP001-HP999. All N-prefix registration numbers are only for U.S. aircraft. See more »

Quotes

Rena: Why did you advise me to get off here?
Bill Lonagan: Because I know Aunt Sophie and the Blue Moon Casino.
Rena: The what?
Bill Lonagan: Do you know what a Blue Moon girl does? Sits with the customers. Soft drinks at first and then she graduates to the hard stuff. It's a gay life and a short one.
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A small b-grade film given status by Rod Steiger's intelligent and moving performance.
8 November 1998 | by mullSee all my reviews

I first saw this film as a young boy, when it was first shown here in Australia, and I haven't seen it since, even on television. But it remains vivid in my memory solely because of the performance of Rod Steiger. His "villain with a soul" is a role he played in many subsequent films, and it is what makes him so absorbing and intriguing to watch. Nobody does brooding menace like Rod Steiger. In this film, he outshines every other player, and in fact his character, and what he does at the end, is the core of the plot. Back from Eternity might be classified as a B-Grade film, but for the fact that Rod Steiger is in it.


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