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The Pink Jungle (1968)

Unrated | | Action, Adventure, Comedy | 16 October 1968 (USA)
A South American fashion photo shoot turns into a diamond mine seeking adventure for an American photographer and his model.

Director:

Delbert Mann

Writers:

Alan Williams (novel), Charles Williams
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
James Garner ... Ben Morris
Eva Renzi ... Alison Duguesne
George Kennedy ... Sammy Ryderbeit
Nigel Green ... Dennis McCune (incorrectly given in credits as 'Crowley')
Michael Ansara ... Raul Ortega
George Rose ... Captain Stopes
Fabrizio Mioni ... Coronel Celaya
Vincent Beck ... Sanchez
Val Avery ... Rodriguez
Robert Carricart ... Benavides
Natividad Vacío Natividad Vacío ... Figueroa
Nacho Galindo ... Hotel Proprietor
Pepito Galindo Pepito Galindo ... Bellboy
Victor Millan Victor Millan ... Helicopter Pilot
Than Wyenn Than Wyenn ... Customs Agent
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Storyline

A famous fashion photographer is trapped in a remote South American country with a beautiful model and together with some unscrupulous characters, become involved in the search for a lost diamond mine. Written by Kevin Steinhauer <K.Steinhauer@BoM.GOV.AU>

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Deep In The Jungle They Hunted The Diamonds... The Woman... And Each Other!


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 October 1968 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Fiebre de codicia See more »

Filming Locations:

Hollywood, California, USA See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Cherokee Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

James Garner was on Variety's list of Top 10 Overpriced Stars of 1968. See more »

Quotes

Ben Morris: Wait, wait a minute, Sammy. Uh, uh, you're - you're out of touch. Here - you - who - who uses money? See? There you are: a Diner's Club, American Express, uh, Bank Americard, Shell, Carte Blanche.
Benavides: Is good! Good! All good! See?
Sammy Ryderbeit: Now wait a minute. I promised him $500 to keep his mouth shut.
Benavides: Is alright! Is okay! Is good! Good!
[writes on the credit card invoice]
Benavides: Bribe: $500.
Ben Morris: There. You see?
Benavides: Sign here!
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Needs a jungle and other eye candy.
6 October 2016 | by simnia-1See all my reviews

I do like this movie. If nothing else, it has pleasant memories from when I saw it with my family, first at a drive-in theater in 1968, then on TV in the early 1970s. It's a decent family movie, sort of an Indiana Jones type adventure movie that should appeal to boys, which it did (to me), there are a number of fairly humorous scenes and lines, and the sex and violence are mostly implied rather than depicted. Even my dad enjoyed the movie, especially rugged Sammy's line "Strain it through your teeth."

On the downside, however, I have to admit it's awfully forgettable. Years after my first two viewings I couldn't remember anything about it other than the "Strain it through your teeth" quote, and even after renting the video in the 1980s, again I forgot virtually everything about it within a few years. Also on the downside is that there is virtually no jungle. "Pink Jungle" is the name of a lipstick, and although the tiny town where the model and photographer land is in a jungly area where the photographer supposedly planned to photograph real savages in a real jungle, and although they buy a purple Cattleya orchid from a passing merchant, somehow the jungle is quickly and completely forgotten from the plot as soon as the couple leaves on a diamond- hunting expedition across an all-desert terrain for the majority of the film. Desert scenery is fine, but it is rightfully a let-down for those who paid to see an adventure set in a jungle. Sorry, no Indiana Jones jungle caverns or giant spiders here. Sadly, the presence of a real jungle in the film probably would have made the film much more memorable: deserts are the standard setting for numerous Westerns, but jungles are more reserved for a few exotic films along the lines of Tarzan films, so jungles are inherently more interesting and exotic--therefore more memorable. If the filmmakers were going to rent helicopters and film desert panoramas anyway, they could at least have treated us to some nice aerial shots.

Speaking of scenery, obviously the film missed some golden opportunities for some female eye candy, too, since the light blue peignoir shown to the Customs men, the "Naked Savage" title, the presence of a female model, and McCune's pressure to have Alison stay in his tent all hint of visuals that are never even approached in the film. Another desert adventure movie, "Mackenna's Gold" (1969), did this right just one year later.

The trio on the expedition (Mr. Morris, Alison, and Sammy) are all likable characters in their own ways, and I was impressed with the smooth acting and demeanor of James Garner (Mr. Morris) and George Kennedy (Sammy). The early part of the movie is highly stereotyped, especially the bar scenes, where the characters even make fun of the cloak-and-dagger stereotypes around them, and there are instrumental bossa nova night club standards from the '60s (e.g., "The Girl from Ipanema," "Summer Samba").

Speaking of music, the soundtrack is much better than I remembered or expected. The opening theme song is an appealing but unknown bossa nova instrumental with Latin percussion and acoustic guitar playing rock chords, and all the night club songs are quite pleasant bossa nova tunes, too. I doubt a soundtrack album exists but it surely would have been very nice.

There's not much more I can think to say about the movie. There are several clever capture evasion tricks throughout the film, and a major twist at the end that is cute but seriously lacks logic or realism, in my opinion. I didn't get any sense of real romance in the movie, although evidently it was supposed to be there. Oh well, if nothing else, the movie should leave you wondering what their local "Lobusta" rum tastes like.


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