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For Shirley Eaton fans only!
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.