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The Southern Star


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  • Actors: Ursula Andress, Harry Andrews, George Segal, Orson Welles
  • Directors: Sidney Hayers
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: SPHE
  • DVD Release Date: March 23, 2011
  • Run Time: 105 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004TH78K0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #38,404 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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A business entrepreneur pays a penniless American geologist, and several other experts and fortune hunters to uncover a large diamond, known as the southern star. The geologist, along with his companion, finds the diamond and takes it back to the businessman. When the diamond and the geologist's companion disappear, a search is begun to retrieve the diamond.

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I would whole heartedly recommend.
Richard The Buying Hearted
The film has stampedes, all likes of wildlife, and you can't help but to wonder if something like this happened.
David Lucero
Jules Verne did use comedy, but in describing his characters and their foibles.
C. Andrews

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By William Amazzini on May 2, 2011
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Here is a film which should have been a bonafide classic in which we have a mixture of jungle, heist , and action adventure genres but the film never really comes together. Director Sydney Hayer's 'THE SOUTHERN STAR' is an interesting failure. It has good production values but comes off as a British television production. Hayers directed numerous episodes of the classic 'AVENGERS' series and some of that rubs off on this production. He was no slouch in the horror genre either with the excellent 'CIRCUS OF HORRORS' and the eerie 'NIGHT OF THE EAGLE' aka 'BURN, WITCH, BURN' both made in the early sixties can prove. However, this film just doesn't seem to work and yet it should. Based on a novel by Jules Verne, the plot revolves upon a valuable diamond which is stolen from millionaire Kramer played with a strange German accent by venerable Brit Harry Andrews. American actor George Segal and beautiful 'SHE' actress Ursula Andress play the couple which the film embraces as they scramble to get the diamond away from the two other characters after it also: the military commander brilliantly played by Ian Hendry and killer for hire Orson Welles in a great cameo. What bogs the film down is the ridiculous humor sequences peppered throughout where this viewer found it hard to balance the serious and the slapstick. Segal was known for his comedic farces but only got serious in selected forays such as Director Michael Anderson's underrated 'THE QUILLER MEMORANDUM' and Director Mike Hodge's 'THE TERMINAL MAN'. Here he comes off as a foppish Geologist engaged to Andress who happens to be Andrews' daughter. Ursula has a startling nude bathing scene in this supposedly family adventure. But not even her assets can elevate this film from its forgettable status.Read more ›
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By The CinemaScope Cat on September 9, 2012
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Set in 1912 French West Africa, when the largest diamond in the world called the Southern Star is stolen, the chase is on to capture the suspected thief (Johnny Sekka). But did he steal it? Loosely based on the Jules Verne novel L'ETOILE DU SUD, this jungle adventure takes a long time in getting a rhythm going and even then, it's run of the mill fare. George Segal seems out of his element as the conniving hero, it's the kind of role a Harrison Ford or Michael Douglas could slip into easily. Though handsomely filmed on location in Senegal in Techniscope by Raoul Coutard (JULES ET JIM), the film is marred by some inferior rear projection shots. Most notably when Ursula Andress is terrorized by a cobra, it's painfully obvious that Andress is sitting in front of a projected backdrop of a cobra. Directed by Sidney Hayers (BURN WITCH BURN). Matt Monro sings the title song. With Orson Welles looking bored, Ian Hendry, Harry Andrews and a scene stealing ostrich called Olga.

The Sony MOD DVD-r is a good looking anamorphic wide screen (2.35) transfer.
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I saw this in 1969 and I thought it was great! I just watched it again and I still think it's great!! It's wonderful entertainment and I'm not sure it was trying to be anything the other reviewers think it was. George Segal made a great reluctant hero and seven years after her debut as the original Bond Girl, Ursula Andress still (or as we boys used to call her - Ursula Undress - yes we were snotty
nosed teens) was still a natural wonder to behold. Orson Welles is slumming here...but then Orson slummed like nobody else and stole the screen from anyone foolish enough to share it with him. Harry Andrews was great and since my Father was a movie projectionist for 40 years I had occasion to see him in a slew of films but of course Ursula and Orson stole my attention away from the others. I love the ending! The movie is well paced and the comic duel of personalities between Ursula and Segal is worth the price of admission anyway.

It is a great family action/adventure film period and I don't think you'll feel cheated in anyway at the end except for slapping your head for not figuring out where the Diamond was!!!!

I would whole heartedly recommend.
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I enjoyed this movie as a kid and saw it recently. It's the kind of movie you always enjoy. It's got tongue-and-cheek acting along with action, drama, comedy.

George Segal plays a guy lucky enough to win the love of Ursula Andress, the daughter of a wealthy mine owner in Africa. When a diamond the size of a fist is found on the mine, someone steals it and blames George Segal's friend. They go off on a trek through the bush to find his friend and declare his innocence. All the while they are followed by a ruthless man who wants the diamond and Ursula at the same time.

Orson Welles has a supporting role as a man seeking vengeance for those who turned on him. Harry Andrews plays Ursula's father, and Johnny Sekka plays the African accused of stealing the diamond. I like the friendship between George Segal and Johnny Sekka's character. They are light-hearted people seeking fortune and don't necessarily want to harm anyone in the process. The film has stampedes, all likes of wildlife, and you can't help but to wonder if something like this happened. I highly recommend this film.

David Lucero, author
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