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The Lost City of Z (2016)

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A true-life drama, centering on British explorer Col. Percival Fawcett, who disappeared whilst searching for a mysterious city in the Amazon in the 1920s.

Director:

James Gray

Writers:

James Gray (written for the screen by), David Grann (based on the book by)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Charlie Hunnam ... Percy Fawcett
Robert Pattinson ... Henry Costin
Sienna Miller ... Nina Fawcett
Tom Holland ... Jack Fawcett
Edward Ashley ... Arthur Manley
Angus Macfadyen ... James Murray
Ian McDiarmid ... Sir George Goldie
Clive Francis ... Sir John Scott Keltie
Pedro Coello ... Tadjui
Matthew Sunderland Matthew Sunderland ... Dan
Johann Myers ... Willis
Aleksandar Jovanovic ... Urquhart
Elena Solovey ... Madame Kumel
Bobby Smalldridge ... Jack Fawcett (7 Yr Old)
Tom Mulheron Tom Mulheron ... Jack Fawcett (3 Yr Old)
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The Lost City of Z tells the incredible true story of British explorer Percy Fawcett, who journeys into the Amazon at the dawn of the 20th century and discovers evidence of a previously unknown, advanced civilization that may have once inhabited the region. Despite being ridiculed by the scientific establishment who regard indigenous populations as "savages," the determined Fawcett - supported by his devoted wife, son and aide de camp returns time and again to his beloved jungle in an attempt to prove his case, culminating in his mysterious disappearance in 1925.

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Based on the true story of one of Britain's greatest explorers. See more »


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Rated PG-13 for violence, disturbing images, brief strong language and some nudity | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

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English | Portuguese | Tupi | Spanish | German

Release Date:

21 April 2017 (USA) See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$112,633, 14 April 2017, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$8,580,410

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$17,509,437
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| (Mainland China Cut Version)

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Color

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2.35 : 1
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Intent on capturing the reality faced by the actual explorers a century earlier, Gray committed to shooting in remote rainforest locations, which presented challenges from all directions - including the trees. "The weird thing about the jungle is that it's verdant and lush and beautiful," he says. "But people call the Amazon a counterfeit paradise. It's a tough environment and making a film there was no picnic." See more »

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If both Percy and Nina Fawcett (played by Charlie Hunnam and Sienna Miller) have got blue eyes, then all their children should have blue eyes too - since that phenotypic characteristic is granted by a pair of recessive alleles, the descendants are homozygous with respect to the eye-colour gene (which is necessarily for blue), hence Jack Fawcett (Tom Holland) "should" have blue eyes. However, 2 blue-eyed parents can have a brown-eyed child if one parent has a working gene HERC2 & the other has a working gene OCA2. Brown eyes are HERC2+OCA2, a combination absolutely possible w/2 blue-eyed parents as persons with blue eyes can be carriers of one of these working genes. See genetics.thetech.org/how-blue-eyed-parents-can-have-brown-eyed-children . See more »

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Percy Fawcett: If we may find a city, where one was considered impossible to exist, it may well write a whole new chapter in human history.
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Alternate Versions

Originally rated R for "brief violence", the distributor chose to cut the movie to secure a PG-13 rating. See more »

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References Citizen Kane (1941) See more »

Soundtracks

Morgenblatter, Op. 279
Composed by Johann Strauss (as Johann Strauss II)
Performed by Polish State Philharmonic Orchestra, Katowice
Conducted by Johannes Wildner
Courtesy of Naxos of America
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Interesting portrait of a man, indeed but as a movie it almost lost me.
15 April 2017 | by subxerogravitySee all my reviews

It's one of those labor of loves it seems as the film felt like it was more interested in making an artistic narrative than it was about making money. I can respect that, but it was a boring movie for that reason.

The Lost city of Z is about a British explorer named Percy Fawcett who while on a survey mission in the amazon discovers evidence that the "savages" once had a civilization the might even be older than the one he came from and spends his life trying to find it.

I loved Charlie Hunnam in it. Hands down, his most grown up acting performance, and really made Fawcett a compelling man to follow. In fact the whole cast was impressive with Sienna Miller as Fawcett's wife and Robert Patterson who I totally did not recognize under the bread as Fawcett's most trusted companion on his trips. Tom Holland is also in the movie as Fawcett's oldest son who joins him on his last journey to the amazon. Other people gave great performances, but these are the ones I knew by name, making it a pretty stellar cast for me.

While this movie does such a great job making Fawcett's life look fascinating,following him through his time with the army to his time as an explorer, I must admit that the slow burn of the narrative almost put me to sleep. It reminds me of another project Brad Pitt (who produced the movie) was evolved in, The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford. Though the Lost City of Z is not as painfully slow (Notice the tile is half that of the Jesse James movie), the combination of the quiet tone and it's speed was not something I wanted to sit in a movie theater and watch. It's not that the movie is long, it's that it feels long, and it feels like something that the movie does on purpose.

I feel like the movie tries to gives us the realest accounts of a man's life as they can and I can respect that, but man, the two hours and thirty minutes this film comes in at was not easy at all to get through. That's just my warning.

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