The Naked Jungle

The Naked Jungle

DVD - 1981
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A mail-order bride, arriving on a South American plantation, must cope with her husband's mistrust and an impending attack by an army of killer ants.
Publisher: Hollywood, Calif. : Paramount, c1981.
ISBN: 9781415701935
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (95 min.) :,sd., col. ;,12 cm.


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The movie is based on a story which used to be widely assigned for school reading, "Leiningen and the Ants." I saw it first when I was seven, and the plot line about Leiningen wanting everything he obtained to be new and unused, so that he was upset to find out his mail-order bride had been married before, went right over my head. So did the suggestive dialogue about a piano needing to be played once in a while, to remain in tune. But the shock scenes involving the ants, or "marabunta," stayed with me. In fact, ants are still called marabunta in my house. A good Hollywood adventure film, with the jungle scenes shot in Panama, a high-dollar production, with a fine supporting cast, including William Conrad, who doesn't make it to the end of the movie. And it moves right along, no slow spots. Check it out!

Jan 17, 2015

"The ants go marching two by two. Hurrah! Hurrah!"

With a teaming horde of about a billion and one pesky, killer ants cast as extras in The Naked Jungle, how could the viewer not be satisfactorily impressed and entertained by this Adventure/Romance/Drama (from 1954) set in South America?

And when you factor into all of the "biting" action that took place in this sweaty, jungle picture, two of Hollywood's hottest actors-of-the-day (Yep. That's the studly Charlton Heston and the gorgeous Eleanor Parker whom I'm talking about here) - How could The Naked Jungle not thrill the viewer to absolute pieces?

Needless to say, more often than not, I was pleasantly surprised and thoroughly entertained by The Naked Jungle. It sure turned out to be more than just a typical "boy meets girl", Hollywood crap movie.

Filmed in the lushest Technicolor imaginable, this 95-minute romp (and stomp) through the vastness of a South American jungle paradise may have had its flaws and it may have been riddled with cliche - But, this more-than-pleased viewer honestly cannot think of any real significant complaints worth beefing about in this review.

Oct 20, 2012

Wow! I thought this would be just another cheesy 50's sci-fi flick, but it is SO much more! Themes of colonialism, slavery, and misogyny are over the top - a true sign of the times. I know I'm making it sound horrible, but if you can view it from the angle of it being a cultural artifact, it's completely fascinating. And, yeah, killer ants.

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