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Back from Eternity (1956)

When a commercial plane force-lands in a South-American jungle, the passengers and pilots must patch-up the engines and escape the cannibal-infested area.

Director:

John Farrow

Writers:

Jonathan Latimer (screen play by), Richard Carroll (story by)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Robert Ryan ... Bill Lonagan
Anita Ekberg ... Rena
Rod Steiger ... Vasquel
Phyllis Kirk ... Louise Melhorn
Keith Andes ... Joe Brooks
Gene Barry ... Jud Ellis
Fred Clark ... Crimp
Beulah Bondi ... Martha Spangler
Cameron Prud'Homme ... Prof. Henry Spangler
Jesse White ... Pete Boswick
Adele Mara ... Maria Alvarez - Stewardess
Jon Provost ... Tommy Malone
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Storyline

A South American plane loaded with an assortment of characters crash lands in a remote jungle area in the middle of a storm. The passengers then discover they are in an area inhabited by vicious cannibals and must escape before they are found. Written by Col Needham <col@imdb.com>

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30 MINUTES TO LIVE - Head-hunter Drums grew louder in the jungle and a condemned criminal held 9 lives in his hands. See more »

Genres:

Adventure | Drama

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 February 1957 (West Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Portofino See more »

Filming Locations:

Burbank, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$1,500,000
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The twin engine plane that crashes is a Douglas DC2 built in 1935. It is still registered in Texas as 'active' by the FAA. See more »

Goofs

Rena is told she will be driven to L.A. to catch a plane to South America. Thomas Malone meets his son at this Los Angeles airport then drives away; a stranger following him. Yet the next day's newspaper report of his death states that he was found near Detroit's Municipal Airport after driving from the airfield. See more »

Quotes

Jud Ellis: We're engaged, Louise. We'd a been married if this thing hadn't happened. Now, we, only a short time left.
Louise Melhorn: Please leave me alone.
Jud Ellis: Why should I? You're my girl!
Louise Melhorn: Don't Jud. Please, stop it!
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Remake of Five Came Back (1939) See more »

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A small b-grade film given status by Rod Steiger's intelligent and moving performance.
8 November 1998 | by mullSee all my reviews

I first saw this film as a young boy, when it was first shown here in Australia, and I haven't seen it since, even on television. But it remains vivid in my memory solely because of the performance of Rod Steiger. His "villain with a soul" is a role he played in many subsequent films, and it is what makes him so absorbing and intriguing to watch. Nobody does brooding menace like Rod Steiger. In this film, he outshines every other player, and in fact his character, and what he does at the end, is the core of the plot. Back from Eternity might be classified as a B-Grade film, but for the fact that Rod Steiger is in it.


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