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The Southern Star (1969)

In 1912 West Africa, diamond tycoon Kramer hires penniless American fortune hunter Dan Rockland, who's posing as a geologist, but when a huge diamond is found, everyone wants to steal it.

Directors:

Sidney Hayers, Orson Welles (uncredited)

Writers:

David Pursall (screenplay), Jack Seddon (screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
George Segal ... Dan
Ursula Andress ... Erica Kramer
Orson Welles ... Plankett
Ian Hendry ... Karl
Johnny Sekka ... Matakit
Michel Constantin ... Jose
Georges Géret ... Andre (as George Geret)
Sylvain Levignac Sylvain Levignac ... Louis (as Sylvain)
Charles Lamb Charles Lamb ... Todd
Guy Delorme Guy Delorme ... Michael
Harry Andrews ... Kramer
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Storyline

Comedy adventure based on a Jules Verne novel about the ups and downs of jewel thieves in the wilds of Africa circa 1900. George Segal is the appealing hero-heel and Ursula Andress is visually stunning as the lady in the proceedings. Orson Welles has a small role. Written by alfiehitchie

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Jules Verne's diamond-hunt adventure...filmed on location in Senegal! See more »


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M | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK | France

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 May 1969 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor: France)| Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Orson Welles claimed that he was originally asked to play a conventional super-villain in the film, but rewrote his role so that the character became an incompetent (and homosexual) cockney. It has been also claimed that Welles rewrote some of George Segal's lines and encouraged the actor to improvise, but whether or not Welles actually directed any of the film has not been confirmed. See more »

Quotes

Plankett: Sound the fall-in!
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Opening credits prologue: FRENCH WEST AFRICA 1912 See more »

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Danse Afrikaan
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Written and Performed by Georges Garvarentz Et Son Orchestre
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Very average mildly humorous African adventure
27 August 1999 | by Penfold-13See all my reviews

The Southern Star is a very big diamond. Someone steals it. George Segal and Ursula Andress, pursued by Ian Hendry, all hampered by the dipsomaniac homosexual ex-Major Orson Welles, attempt to retrieve it, and have encounters with wildlife, humour and danger along the way.

Typically for a 60s Africa movie, the best things about it are the wildlife shots.

Ostriches cause amusing chaos, cobras are scary, hippos are much less frightening than they look, antelopes leap, lions are fierce - you know the sort of thing.

Orson Welles, as usual, steals every scene he's in, and Harry Andrews's obvious enthusiasm for tribal music is a fairly eye-popping sight. Naturally, we have a lengthy scene in which Ursula Andress swims around naked in the lake for the cheesecake shots.

The main action consists of Hendry and some henchmen tracking Segal and Andress through the jungle and is wholly unabsorbing.

There's nothing objectionable or offensive about this movie, but there's nothing much to recommend it either.


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