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Amazonia: The Catherine Miles Story (1985)

Elvire Audray , Will Gonzales , Mario Gariazzo  |  R |  DVD
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Elvire Audray, Will Gonzales, Dick Campbell, Andrea Coppola, Dick Marshall
  • Directors: Mario Gariazzo
  • Writers: Franco Prosperi
  • Format: Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Shriek Show
  • DVD Release Date: August 30, 2005
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0009S2KJW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #280,512 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Amazonia: The Catherine Miles Story" on IMDb

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en years after her ordeal in the jungles of the Amazon, Catherine narrates her grueling experience to a news reporter: At age 18, Catherine leaves her London prep school to be with her parents at their factory stationed in the Amazon Jungle. As the family enjoys a boat trip into the jungle, a tribe of headhunters ambushes them and her parents are killed. Catherine is then taken hostage by the tribe. Over the next few years, Catherine is forced to live by the tribe's barbaric rituals and savagery while always remembering who she is, where she comes from, and remaining "civilized". Until, that is, she finds out the truth concerning the murder of her parents.

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3.0 out of 5 stars Lesser known jungle shocker January 12, 2008
"Amazonia" could easily share the reputation of the other 1980's cannibal gut-munchers, but for some reason it's not quite as well known. Which is a shame, as though it's by no means a masterpiece, it's not actually that bad. The plot involves a young girl (the titular Catherine Miles)who is stranded in the remote jungle after both her parents are killed and decapitated by a tribe of headhunters, who keep Catherine as a prisoner, and the majority of the film charts her fate in the hands of the tribe and her ultimate revenge on the death of her parents.

Now let me say first of all that "Amazonia" does try to deliver the blood and gore, but the presentation of most of the gruesome effects is done very poorly. The editing and camera angles for all the gore shots are awful, and it's probably because the prosthetic heads and body parts are for the most part, pretty sub-standard. Which is a shame because most horror fans are going to be watching for just these things. Things kick off in very eye-popping (literally!) fashion with the opening murder of Catherine's parents, but you'll see what I mean if you watch the film, because the editing of the gore close-ups is so sloppy that it looks like the film has been cut. I don't think it has, I think the director was just too scared to show the effects for longer than just fleetingly because they weren't very good. Time and time again, Catherine is confronted by awful sights such as someone being attacked by a crocodile, or various savage punishments and rituals, but each time the "money shot" is botched and disappointing.

But on the other hand, other parts of the film are actually very well made.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A rather serious jungle flick March 20, 2012
By Luis
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In my opinion, this film, also known as "white slave", is an honest attempt to do a rather serious jungle b-movie. The story claims to be based on real events in which an 18 year old girl loses her parents and become captive to a head hunter Amazonian tribe. I found the story pretty good and entertaining enough so I could spare a few badly achieved gore effects. You don't have much exploitation here, including brutal rapes, torture, or cannibalistic scenes. Women nudity is common yet fits naturally. At the end of the story, you have a nice twist and the common message of many jungle movies: supposedly "civilized" people can behave as savages; in turn, "savages" may exhibit quite civilized behavior. Overall, a good addition to the genre, yet not if you are looking for a strong cannibal or jungle exploitation flick.

Technically, picture quality of this Shriek Show release goes from good to very good. Format is widescreen and running time is about 88+ minutes. Audio is in English, and no subtitles are provided. Extras include some trailers. As a suggestion for future releases: please get a descent DVD art cover.
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In Amazonia: The Catherine Miles Story (1985), eighteen year old Catherine (Elvire Audray) leaves London to join her family who are living somewhere along the Amazon river. With her uncle and aunt tagging along, Catherine and her parents, owners of a rubber plantation, leave for a cruise on the river. Unfortunately, the family is attacked, and Catherine's parents are struck and killed by poisoned darts shot from a blowpipe. Catherine is also wounded, but survives, and falls into the hands of a native hunting party, who board the boat, and decapitate her dead parents. Catherine, along with her parents heads, are taken her back to the natives' home deep in the jungle.

Catherine becomes the property of one of the men, but later Umukai (Will Gonzales) one of the men in the raiding party, fights and kills her owner in a duel, becoming her new master. Over time, Catherine becomes indoctrinated into the customs of the tribe, and tries to come to terms with the brutal way of life in the jungle. Eventually she develops a relationship with Umukai, who overcoming the language barrier, informs her of the truth concerning her parents death.

Interestingly, the adventure is recounted in flashback, as surviving the ordeal of life with the natives, Catherine has made a dramatic return to civilization, where she is on trial for murder. The story is told with seriousness, dignity and respect. There is great violence, as heads are repeatedly shown being severed, and while some of the violence is gratuitous, the nudity is not.

With a solid and fairly believable story, and better than passable acting, Amazonia (aka White Slave) is a pretty well put together and entertaining 3.5 star movie. Image quality of the DVD is quite good, and the film is part of the Jungle Girls Triple Feature, which could an economical way to acquire it.
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First let me start by saying that even though the DVD is supposed to be anamorphic widescreen, it is not. In fact it is not even a real pan and scan transfer. In order to view the movie in its appropriate aspect ratio (16:9) you must use the zoom function on your DVD player and zoom out to 3/4 the size. Otherwise you will see, not a pan and scan transfer, but one that has been (accidentally?) zoomed in at some point during the DVD creation process. The result is an abnormally cropped image.

On to the review....As some of the other reviews stated, this is NOT a cannibal film nor a horror movie. The tribe in the film is a tribe of headhunters and not a single act of cannibalism is shown in the movie. Instead this is an exploitation film about a young English woman kidnapped by a tribe of headhunters in the Amazon after her parents are brutally murdered and decapitated. The plot is good enough to keep the viewer interested the story is intriguing and the pacing keeps it from becoming boring. In true grindhouse fashion there is more nudity and gore than you can shake a headhunter's spear at. We get decapitations, animals killing each other, an alligator eating a native, beatings, a head blown apart by gunfire and more. Of course since this is a movie dealing with a woman victimized by a native Amazonian tribe there is nudity aplenty. The lead actress spends nearly the entire film naked as do the female natives.

So if exploitation is your thing you could do much worse than to watch this little forgotten flick.
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