The Girl From Rio
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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful
on February 1, 2004
The plot of "The girl from Rio" is quite simple: Sumuru and her army of women want to exterminate the whole human male gender. Actions scenes are not the best moments of this movie. The interest is somewhere else. It's much more its weird and wild atmosphere, which will enjoy the Franco aficionados. It's difficult not to be fascinated by the world of Femina City, the lair of the female warriors. Shirley Eaton and Maria Rohm are simply amazing in all her sexy suits and there is also a wonderful song called of course "The girl from Rio". The final scene on the ship is a typical example for Franco's touch!
The quality of this DVD is in a good shape. As Bonus we have some interviews of Jess Franco, Harry Alan Towers and the very natural Shirley Eaton. A lot of posters and stills complete this DVD with of course a Jess Franco bio and some facts of Sumuru.
"The girl from Rio" is a real curiosity and I'm sure Franco friends will enjoy it. Blue Underground did again a fine job.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
on April 14, 2004
James Bond style 60s softcore sci fi. Excellent if you like that kind of stuff. Movie about a race of women trying to take over the world. Done with Class.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on December 22, 2010
The Girl from Rio title suggests maybe an unearthed musical from the 1940's but naw, wrong guess. It is in fact the sequel to The Million Eyes of Su-Muru which also starred Shirley Eaton in the title role of Su-Muru or here as Sumitra the leader of a modern day army of women warriors bent on global domination. Picture an amalgam of Modesty Blaise & Secret Agent & you should start to clue in as to what this is. Richard Wyler is the man trying to crash Sumitra's party though it's a while before we know why. George Sanders on the DVD case is referred to as a crime boss though the movie shows him as essentially the Brazil based head of the British Secret Service ( if I got this right) though he seems more cash then mission driven. if you like people being chased captured, escaping being chased again captured & escaping this is your kind of film. Maria Rohm as well is featured & I believe apperared in Jess Franco's next film 99 Women. For me movie aside the special feature interviews with Shirley Eaton ( very brief) & Jess Franco ( more extended) were very interesting. I won't spoil it for you but suffice it to say that while shirley & Jess spoke well of each other, it appears neither the actor or the director were very happy with the finished product. In fact I believe Shirley Eaton went into semi retirement shortly after this movie & Jess inserted a double for Shirley in a provocative scene & didn't reveal it to her. If you're a big Shirley Eaton Fan watch it or into cult film, same thing applies. It is watchable but stretched out to far in some spots. As well it is the type of a film that tried to be kinky & sexy as well as a mainsteam spy flick & really wasn't either. 3 stars is as high as I can go based on the solid acting & sultry appeal of Shirley Eaton & Maria Rohm.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on October 3, 2012
If it was elegant, and the 60s/70s were eras of staggering cultural charm, it would be an elegant period piece. As it is, it's almost watchable if your cat doesn't do something more distracting than rolling on its back with its feet in the air. There were hopes for nudity, but alas, vaporized like a butterfly in a laser beam. My advice would be that you would get more out of the rental price by putting it under your pillow and sleeping on it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Jeff Sutton (Richard Wyler)shows up in Rio with a suitcase with 10 million stolen dollars. The money is wanted by both a crime boss (George Sanders) and by Sumitra (Shirley Eaton)who is building a female army by kidnapping wealthy people and taking this money. These are your typical female army with exposed legs and a woman's usual 24 inch waist.

In one scene Jeff brings a gun to a knife fight, but then uses his fist. The film also has prisoners in glass cages, women being tortured, brief girl/girl action, and the worse soundtrack I have heard in a long time. There was a background buzz for much of the film, plus the music was horrible with terrible lyrics. The pink phone with the long extension cord that can be dragged through a swimming pool was funny. The film has a fair amount of camp value. Also known as "Rio 70" and "Future Women."

Parental Guide: No f-bombs. Sex, nudity (Maria Rohm, Beni Cardoso)
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on January 22, 2014
This movie is good fun for those who like spy films. It is also Shirley Eaton's last film. She gives a wonderful performance as the evil Sumuru while George Sanders is his usual suave self. It takes up where The Million Eyes of Sumuru left off. The plot is well told and performances are good. If you like escapist movies, you will probably like this one.
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8 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on June 25, 2004
The ever dodgy JESS FRANCO directs a pretty good flick with this one. GIRL FROM RIO is absolute cheese, largely incomprehensible, but benefits from a fun score and silly 60's costumes for the female army.
This is actually sillier than any episode of WONDER WOMAN with it's island of all women. In GIRL FROM RIO there exists a city of all women called FEMINA. It is ruled by the mysterious SUMURU (Shirley Eaton). Oddly enough the name SUMURU never appears in the credits but only in the film. In the credits she is billed as SUMITRA...whatever.
The best part apart this DVD are the extras where JESS FRANCO and SHIRLEY EATON kind of trash each other. JESS FRANCO saying that SHIRLEY EATON was 'unworthy' of legend status and EATON grumbling about FRANCO shooting a lesbian scene involving her character using a body double.
GIRL FROM RIO is still frustrating FRANCO and does not compare to brilliant FRANCO films like THE DIABOLICAL DR. Z, and VAMPYRO (...).
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on September 26, 2014
a+ movie
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4 of 14 people found the following review helpful
This movie is incredibly slow, unexciting and dull.

I have bought it because I saw a couple of scenes from "million eyes of sumuru" and stupidly thought that "thegirl from rio" was just a new title given to an old movie, million eyes, in fact.

as this is not the case and for some odd reason "million eyes of sumuru" is not available on DVD or VHS I suggest you to lobby for the issue of million eyes better than buying this stupid movie.
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1 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on January 2, 2008
Expected a sexy 007 type woman. but not there.
Made before Rio discovered what sexy women or adventures are.
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