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Treasure of the Amazon


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  • Actors: Stuart Whitman, Donald Pleasence, Bradford Dillman, Sonia Infante, John Ireland
  • Directors: René Cardona Jr.
  • Writers: René Cardona Jr., Jacques Wilson
  • Producers: René Cardona Jr.
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Vci Video
  • DVD Release Date: March 29, 2005
  • Run Time: 104 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0007NMJCM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #206,548 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Treasure of the Amazon" on IMDb

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In the depths of the lush, steamy Amazon jungle, rife with exotic life forms, a group of adventurers embarks on a quest to discover a legendary river reportedly filled with diamonds "the size of your eyes" as well as precious jewels and gold, and in the process finds itself enveloped in incomprehensible barbarism. At the mercy of this mysterious jungle labyrinth, the treasure hunters are forced into fierce battles with determined cannibals, ruthless headhunters, ferocious alligators, piranhas, a tribe of topless female warriors, and, equally disturbing - the greed of their own colleagues, raising the question "Which is more treacherous - the greed of man or the perils of the jungle?" Created by one of Mexico's most famous exploitation and action/adventure film directors, Rene Cardona, Jr., this film has been labeled "One of the best Indiana Jones style films seen". Bonus Features: Original Trailer| Scene Selection Menu| Bios| Bonus Adventure Trailers. Specs: DVD5; Dolby Digital Stereo; 104 minutes; 1.85:1 Aspect Ratio; MPAA - R; Year - 1985; SRP - $5.99.

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The special effects were in no way special.
NathanBrazil
I really would like to do this more often after every film I watch, but I just either don't have the time or I get too lazy.
F. Cristinzio
This was one of the worst films I ever sat through.
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40 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Tim Janson HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 29, 2005
Format: DVD
Treasure of the Amazon really is one of those films that is so bad it's actually good. It's a Mexican-made film from 1985 menat to cash in on the popularity of the Indian Jones films. It stars a cast of name actors (well sort of) such as Stuart Whitman, Donald Pleasance, John Ireland, and Bradford Dillman. Not exactly Hollywood's A list, or even B list, but at least some people you've heard of.

The plot involves a search for gold in the Amazon by various groups of people, all trying to out-wit each other and be the first to find the treasure. Pleasance plays a former German officer named Klaus Von Blantz who is hoping to find the gold and bring back the Third Reich. Whitman is a tough old Jungle vet named Gringo. Throughout the film the groups battle jungle headhunters, crocodiles, and vicious crabs who tear apart one person in a memorable scene.

There's lots of gore including decapitations, animal attacks, and shrunken heads but the budget is so low that it doesn't scare or shock. It's all quite harmless and great cheesy entertainment. Kind of like an old Saturday Afternoon matinee film.
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30 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Jeffrey Leach HALL OF FAME on May 12, 2007
Format: DVD
I knew when I started reviewing crud cinema again that I'd revisit the Rene Cardona, Jr Fun Park. Although it's been a long time, I vividly remember struggling through "Tintorera" and "Guyana: Crime of the Century". How could I forget those two experiences? A frontal lobotomy performed with a sledgehammer wouldn't rid my mind of the images those two "classics" inflicted upon me. If you're not familiar with Senor Cardona's work, he's the sort of director who somehow managed to raise enough funds to populate his films with fairly well known actors and actresses. He convinced Susan George to appear in "Tintorera," and staffed "Guyana" with folks like Joseph Cotton and Stuart Whitman. I know what you're going to say, and you're right. Susan George was never a huge star, and Joseph Cotton's career trajectory was approaching its nadir in the 1970s. True. But it's still surprising to see the number of known faces Cardona put in his films. For example, check out "Treasure of the Amazon". We see Bradford Dillman, Donald Pleasence, John Ireland, and Stuart Whitman camping it up out in the jungle. Consider Cardona as a sort of past tense version of Uwe Boll.

Think about "Treasure of the Amazon," if you must, in the context of the 1980s jungle actioner. "Romancing the Stone," "Raiders of the Lost Ark," "King Solomon's Mines"--you can see where this one's going. In Cardona's crudfest, we immediately meet a scruffy old coot named Gringo (Whitman). He's one of these jungle guides that take people into the backcountry when they're searching for something valuable. Needless to say, Zapata (Pedro Armendariz Jr.) and Jaime (Jorge Luke) hire him in order to find some gold.
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful By F. Cristinzio on July 3, 2008
Format: DVD
This is my first review for Amazon. I really would like to do this more often after every film I watch, but I just either don't have the time or I get too lazy. Taken into account that I just watched this film and that it only has 2 reviews I'm going to start my reviewing with this title.

I won't go into plot details since they have already been given, but I will say that this film is given a reputation for being one of the better Indiana Jones knockoff films. It even says it on the back of the DVD case. I know this was made due to the success of the Indy films and I'm sure it was inspired by them, but this does not come as a knockoff at all. 'Treasure of the Amazon' is way different than any Indy movie. I think its safe to say that most exotic adventure films will have their similarities - and this is far from an original film, but it shouldn't be taken as just another Indy knockoff. First off this is Rated R...and features graphic violence, plenty of gratious nudity (even tho it comes from native girls, it still seems pretty exploitative) and some strong profanity - you will not find that in an Indy film. The lead hero Gringo (played wonderfully by Stuart Whitman) is very rugged and world weary. I loved his character and he had a lot of juicy material. Sure it was cheesy, but the dude owned the movie and I definitely do not consider him a wannabe Indiana Jones.

I really do love the Indy films so much (I just love great adventure films in general) and I have been craving to see more decent adventure films that I have never seen. I can't keep watching Indy over and over (and I need something to hold me off until Indy 4 hits DVD and Blu-Ray) so I am very pleased I discovered this little film.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Marvin Jenkins on October 11, 2009
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Wow I wish they still made movies like this! It was greatly entertaining. I don't know if it was the type of cameras used, or just the great locations, but the colors and the picture clarity was beautiful. Yeah there were pops & a few white scratches visable here and there, but that's to be expected from and old fairly unknown movie.I had never heard of this film, but stumbled across it in an Amazon search.It sounded good, so I ordered it. I was not dissapointed. They must have rented every animal at the zoo,because every 3 minutes a new species ran across the screen! One thing was funny, that Every time a crocadile appeared, someone would yell there's an Alligator. Even I can tell the difference between a croc & a gator.Watch Animal Planet, people! But the movie contained a grungy cast, plenty of gore,and gunplay, the leading man gets his head chopped off about half way through the movie, which surprised me. The leading lady had a horrible nose job, that looked like a Michael Jackson special. Donald Pleasance always brings some quality to his character, and this was noe exception. His raven haired lady guide was beautiful! Probably not by todays Hollywood standards, but She really looked like an Amazonian type. Oh and did I mention she doesn't wear a shirt the whole time? Meyow! I am very happy to have this film in my video library, and can't wait to show it to my freinds. If you like jungle adventure movies or just older schlocky stuff, I think you should give this one a watch.
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