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  • Actors: Samuel Fuller, Jim Jarmusch
  • Directors: Mika Kaurismäki
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Anamorphic, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Unknown)
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Fantoma
  • DVD Release Date: May 18, 2004
  • Run Time: 75 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0001IXTB8
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #176,577 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Special Features

  • New Digital Widescreen Transfer (1.78:1) Enhanced for 16x9 TVs
  • Audio commentary by Jim Jarmusch and director Mika Kaurismaki
  • Samuel Fuller's 1954 16mm CinemaScope footage (2.35:1) Enhanced for 16x9
  • Deleted scenes and behind the scenes footage
  • Excerpts from Fuller's unproduced screenplay for Tigrero!
  • Gallery of photographs taken by Jim Jarmusch on location

Editorial Reviews

In 1954, legendary filmmaker Samuel Fuller (PICKUP ON SOUTH STREET, SHOCK CORRIDOR) was sent by 20th Century Fox to the most remote regions of the Amazon to scout locations for his upcoming film TIGRERO!, a rousing adventure tale that was to star John Wayne, Ava Gardner and Tyrone Power. Fuller brought with him 75 cigars, two cases of whiskey, a gun, and a 16mm camera. There Fuller befriended the Karaja Indians, lived with them, and photographed their ceremonies and way of life. Reluctantly, Fuller returned to Hollywood but the film was never made.

Forty years later, Sam Fuller returns to the Brazilian jungle, bringing with him his friend and fellow filmmaker Jim Jarmusch (DEAD MAN, DOWN BY LAW), a camera crew and the footage he'd shot those many years earlier. The ultimate storyteller, Sam tells Jim about his time with the Karaja, his career in Hollywood and his unique philosophy of life. They show the Karaja the footage Sam shot, conjuring up their friends and loved ones, some who's faces they haven't seen for decades. TIGRERO: A FILM THAT WAS NEVER MADE is priceless travelogue, a meditation on the power of film and the magic of memory, and a loving portrait of a gentle and spiritual culture.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By albemuth on July 12, 2000
Format: VHS Tape
This is on the surface a documentary about a film Sam Fuller once wanted to make, an attempt on which time and effort was spent, but which for various reasons fell apart. It would have been a fine film, displaying his far-ranging interests and passions and his deep caring for people and their plight. All told, of course, in an exciting fashion with spellbinding action scenes! Romance! Thrills! Excitement!
But what makes this film really so interesting is that it really is a tribute to Sam Fuller, the storyteller. His voice permeates the film as he recounts his past and ponders on the future, talking with Jim Jarmusch who follows him on this journey to the village that he once visited while location scouting for TIGRERO.
I can just smell the cigarsmoke. And smile when he laughs!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Steven Hellerstedt on November 12, 2005
Format: DVD
Well, the then octogenarian maverick movie director Samuel Fuller is animated enough, and his co-star, indy director Jim Jarmusch, is laid back enough to make an interesting screen duo in Finnish director Mika Kaurismäki's 1994's TIGRERO: A FILM THAT WAS NEVER MADE.

`Tigrero,' the unmade film in question, is a movie Fuller had sold to the studios in the 1950s. It's a love story larded onto a profile of a `tigrero,' a hunter of tigers, or jaguars, I guess, in the wilds of Brazil. The movie was a go, even had a cast - John Wayne as the tiger hunter, Ava Gardner and Tyrone Powell as the uneasily married couple - when it was quashed when insurance companies blanched and refused to underwrite the production. Not before, however, Fuller and crew had traveled into the interior of Brazil and spent some time filming a native village located on the Amazon River. The film went into the can and Fuller went on to other projects. Nearly four decades later Kaurismäki, an independent movie producer like Jarmusch, gets funding for a project to revisit the same village with Fuller and Jarmusch.

Part documentary, part travelogue, part improvised fiction, TIGRERO: A FILM THAT WAS NEVER MADE is the result. The pre-departure scenes are improvised and awkward, and the journey - how they get to the village and get out - is never really shown. Fuller, an anecdote machine if you've ever seen one, is/was a great hero to Kaurismäki and Jarmusch, and simply turning a camera on him and saying action probably would have been enough. The return to the village - Fuller isn't sure it's the same one, and it takes a while for him to be sure - comes across okay.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By christa fuller on August 30, 2010
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TIGRERO is a docu/roadmovie that won the Berlin critic's award in 1994.
Travel to the KARAJA INDIANS with SAM AND JIM and discover a new and
exciting tribe of amazing people near the ARAGUAIA river at the foot of
the Amazon. People who still seem to live in harmony with their environment,
a society without crime. Really amazing people that FULLER knew in
1955 and visited forty years later with his friends, filmmaker MIKA KAURISMAAKI
and JIM JARMUSCH. A brainchild of CHRISTA FULLER, directed by MIKA KAURISMAAKI,
participate in their breathtaking adventure to the AMAZON.Tigrero
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An interesting documentary by Finnish filmmaker Mika Kaurismaki (brother of the more famous Aki). Filmed in the mid 1990s, it has Jim Jarmusch accompanying the legendary Samuel Fuller (who was in his early eighties by this time) to the Amazon forest to revisit the place where in the mid 1950s he planned to make a film. A film that, as the title says, was unfortunately never made. Fuller tells the story of the failed production. Tigrero, by the way, means a hunter of jaguars (which are called tigers in many parts of South America). Fuller says that John Wayne was going to play the role of the hunter in the movie, and Ava Gardner was set to co-star. It seems hard to believe that top Hollywood stars would be filming in a place that was back then (and still is) extremely remote, without any sort of modern facility. In fact, Fuller tells that one of the reasons the movie was never made was the difficulty of insuring the stars in such a potentially dangerous shooting. In many of the proposed settings for the film, the Kayapo Indians live, and it is interesting to get a glimpse of their lives. The movie is interesting, though perhaps of limited appeal (though you don't have to be a fan of Fuller or Jarmusch to enjoy this).
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