- H4 2012
Invaders of the Lost Gold
Safari of No Return
directed by Alan Birkinshaw
starring Stuart Whitman, Edmund Purdom, Woody Strode, Harold Sakata, Laura Gemser, Glynis Barber, David De Martyn, Mike Cohen, Junix Inocian, Protacio Dee
story by Dick Randall, Bill James, screenplay by Alan Birkinshaw, Bill James, music by Francesco De Masi
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Rex Larson (Edmund Purdom) has gotten hold of a map leading to a
treasure hidden in the Filipino jungle by the Japanese army during World
War II, and now he teams up with rich businessman Jefferson (David De
Martyn), who finances the expedition to retrieve the treasure. Soon, the
two of them, their alcoholic guide Forrest (Stewart Whitman), Jefferson's
daughter Janice (Glynis Barber), Forrest's ex (Laura Gemser), the token
black man (Woody Strode), a Japanese World War II veteran (Harold Sakata)
and a few others embark on the jungle adventure, and once they are away
from civilisation, they die like flies, as if there was a killer among
them - and for the audience it too quickly becomes apparent that the
killer really is Larson, but then he disappears. Ultimately, of the whole
group only Forrest and Janice, who has of course fallen in love with
Forrest, survive to find the gold ... when Larson shows up with him, and
so Forrest has to kill him too.
I love jungle adventures,
especially of the cheap and cheesy variety - but this one's pure shit,
there's little action here, virtually no action and suspense, its pace is
totally off, and the whole story is as routine as it's predictable.. But
worst of all, the film which sounds so promising because of its great
B-cast, is deadly boring.