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Treasure Of The Amazon (VCI/1985)


Picture: C     Sound: C-     Extras: C     Film: D



There were many bad knock-offs of Raiders Of The Lost Ark (1981) on film and TV, but most have them have been forgotten, as they were so bad.  One of the worst is easily Rene Cardona Jr.’s Treasure Of The Amazon from 1985.  Crass, graphic, condescending and idiotic, Stuart Whitman is the tough guy ready to go down the river to find his fortune.  Unfortunately, he could not find a good script.


A Mexican production that will never be a threat to legitimate Cinema Latino, the film also wastes Pedro Armendariz, Jr., Bradford Dillman, John Ireland and an especially insulting casting of the late, great Donald Pleasance as an old Nazi!  This, for a great actor who was tortured by real life Nazis, making us realize he was not paid enough for those Halloween sequels.  There is the casting of stereotypical “natives” that makes it feel like bad 1930s cinema in the worst way and the wish a tsunami or tornado would end the film sooner.  It is awful and not worth anyone’s time, unless they equate films with torture.


The letterboxed 1.85 X 1 image is mixed, average, aged and tired, thanks to the unremarkable and plastic-looking cinematography of Daniel Lopez and Leon Sanchez.  This was so bad, the “Weird Al” Yankovic spoof of Raiders in his 1989 cult classic UHF looked like it was the original.  The Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo is harsh and headache-inducing, with forgettable music and dull sound effects.  They are almost as dull as the content of the dialogue.  Extras include four trailers for VCI titles including this one and six biographies of the cast and director.  Next!!!



-   Nicholas Sheffo


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