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Fire on the Amazon (1993)

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Deforestation of the Amazon is forcing indigenous Indians away, so few men can profit from cattle. Opposition gets killed. A US photojournalist tries to investigate. Activist Alyssa helps him.

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Luis Llosa

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Luana Anders (as Margo Blue), Catherine Cyran | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Craig Sheffer ... R.J.
Sandra Bullock ... Alyssa Rothman
Juan Fernández ... Ataninde (as Juan Fernandez)
Judith Chapman ... Sandra
Ramsay Ross Ramsay Ross ... Pistoleiro
David Elkin David Elkin ... Lucavida
Jorge García Bustamante Jorge García Bustamante ... Valdez (as Jorge Garcia Bustamente)
Baldomero Cáceres Baldomero Cáceres ... Pedro (as Baldomero Caceres)
Carlos Victoria Carlos Victoria ... Miguel
Reynaldo Arenas Reynaldo Arenas ... Djamori
Ramón García Ramón García ... Chato (as Ramon Garcia)
Eduardo Cesti Eduardo Cesti ... Rafael Santos
Natalia Torres Natalia Torres ... Nacia Santos
Graciela Cahuas Graciela Cahuas ... Santos' Daughter
David Killerby David Killerby ... Father Benacio
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Storyline

In Bolivia's Amazon basin, corporate cattle ranches are replacing the rain forest. When Santos, charismatic leader of the union of rubber tappers, forges an alliance with Indians to protest deforestation, he is assassinated. O'Brien, a US photo-journalist who has no skills as an investigator, wants a story when he thinks the police have framed and murdered an innocent Indian as the assassin. In his search for the truth, he involves Lysa Rothman, who worked for Santos and with whom he falls in love. As he gets deeper into trouble with the cops and the real assassin, he not only needs Lysa's help but that of the Indians' leader. How many will die so O'Brien can get his story? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Fight fire with fire See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong language, areas of strong violence and a scene of strong sexuality | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA | Peru

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

2000 (Finland) See more »

Also Known As:

Lost Paradise See more »

Filming Locations:

Iquitos, Peru See more »

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Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Concorde-New Horizons See more »
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Runtime:

| (R-rated) | (video)

Sound Mix:

Ultra Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Sandra Bullock placed duct tape on her breasts during the filming of the love scene so that she could know for sure nothing would be visible that she didn't want seen. She also made the production company sign a contract stating which parts of her were not to be shown. See more »

Goofs

Near the end of the film, Chato is flying R.J. and Alyssa out in his single-engine float plane. He is shown pulling two "throttles" back as the sound of the engine revs up, but immediately above his hand the needle on the RPM gage is pegged on zero. See more »

Quotes

Alyssa Rothman: Write about what you feel, not about what you see. OK?
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Crazy Credits

At the beginning of the credits the following is shown: "Every day, more than 70,000 acres of rainforest are destroyed. The loss to humans and science is incalcuable." See more »

Alternate Versions

1996 re-cut version added 31 seconds to the steamy love scene. See more »

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Featured in The Directors: The Films of Roger Corman (1999) See more »

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Oh boy, what a stinker
11 August 2001 | by cc002856See all my reviews

Originally filmed in 1990, this project was apparently shelved until video release in 1996. After watching the DVD version I had to wonder, why bother to open Sandra up to more, well, potential criticism after the debacle of Speed II? Had to be the exploitative, but heavily shadowed, "nude" scenes. Yawn. From the opening shots (complete with the prerequisite voice-overs, necessary for folks without any idea of the threat to rain forests, to catch up), I had to wonder if this project was filmed on 16mm. Picture quality is a notch below awful, the script was apparently washed down the Amazon during the rainy season, and day players were politely invited to help direct, which is perhaps the only explanation for the disjointed and inconsistent character motivations. Sandra tries, she really does. She looks great and does the best she can ... but I couldn't help but feel I was being preached to, the same boring sermonette about the evils of the white men. A curiosity, but one that should have remained shelved.


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