Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.
USA, 1959. Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. Screenplay by Dorothy Kingsley, based on the novel by William Henry Hudson. Cinematography by Joseph Ruttenberg. Produced by Edmund Grainger. Music by Bronislau Kaper. Production Design by E. Preston Ames, William A. Horning. Costume Design by Dorothy Jeakins. Film Editing by Ferris Webster.
Embarrassingly bad adventure film starring Audrey Hepburn and directed by her then-husband Mel Ferrer. Anthony Perkins plays a politician’s son who disappears into the wild Amazon in search of the men who killed his father. Instead of finding them, he encounters Rima The Bird Girl (Hepburn), a protector of animals who lives in a forest hut with her grandfather (Lee J. Cobb) and kills all the natives who attack her furry little friends. When Perkins suspects her life is in danger from her conniving patriarch and the suspicious tribes around her, he decides to personally escort her out of the wild and into civilization. The odd bits of location photography are breathtaking, but the main forest sets are too obviously fake and the dialogue simplistic. Any attempt to bring the original novel’s more mystical elements to the screen is completely undetectable, and even the usually reliable Hepburn comes off as an amateur.