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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 ....

Director:

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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Box Office

Budget:

$5,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$20,585
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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 »

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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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better than most disposable B movies
5 October 2010 | by photoeSee all my reviews

It's your typical vacation-goes-really-bad movie with the guide going wacko, and the resulting helplessness of the couch potatoes in the hands of a brutal alpha type.

Lisa Aliff is gorgeous, and all the actors are good, especially the psycho. What's bad is the writing, and the implausability of much of the action. Three's one scene where the psycho chases down one of the gang who has run off at dawn trying to climb out of the river valley. Meanwhile, the other three hostages escape in the raft and try to take it down river. They get turned over in a rapids (this scene is beautifully intercut with the psycho chasing the one hostage down). Then incredibly, the raft ends up in the same area that the psycho has chased the other hostage down. HUH? When I first saw it, I thought they were introducing new characters into the movie, until I saw that it was the same people. Crawling up a river valley does not put you in the same place as a raft that has gone at least a few miles downstream.

It's this kind of inattention to script or continuity that destroys what could've been a decent movie. The action is also the cheesy, slo-mo type of this era, with opponents standing in ways asking to be shot and squibs exploding, and bodies contorting so much it just looks ridiculous.

The cinematography is fantastic, unusually great of the rapids and the falls, benefitting from its location in Zimbabwe, a place you wouldn't go to now. Anyway, fault the producer and the writers.


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