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Where the River Runs Black (1986)

An orphaned boy who was raised in the Amazon jungle is brought back to civilization by a priest who knows his father.

Director:

Christopher Cain

Writers:

Neal Jimenez, David Kendall (novel) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Charles Durning ... Father O'Reilly
Alessandro Rabelo ... Lazaro
Ajay Naidu ... Segundo
Divana Brandão ... Eagle Woman
Peter Horton ... Father Mahoney
Castulo Guerra ... Orlando Santos
Conchata Ferrell ... Mother Marta
Dana Delany ... Sister Ana
Chico Díaz ... Raimundo (as Chico Diaz)
Marcelo Rabelo Marcelo Rabelo ... Lazaro - 4 Years Old
Ariel Coelho Ariel Coelho ... Francisco
Paulo Sergio Oliveira Paulo Sergio Oliveira ... Jose
Mario Borges Mario Borges ... Brother Carlos
François Thijm François Thijm ... Luis
Geraldo Salles Geraldo Salles ... Priest in Confessional
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Father O'Reilly, an older priest, tells the story of Father Mahoney, Eagle Woman, and their son Lazaro. It's magic realism in the Amazon. Mahoney is a radical priest who ventures upstream where the river runs black. He encounters the beautiful and enchanting Eagle Woman, who can change from a dolphin to a woman. A few years later, their child Lazaro witnesses inter-loping gold prospectors commit a brutal and traumatizing murder. He goes to the city in Father O'Reilly's care, and there he sees the murderer, who's a politician. Lazaro seeks revenge, which puts him in further danger. He runs back into the jungle, where the dolphins may be his best hope for help. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Deep in the Amazon, a woman more beautiful than a vision gave birth to a child of mystery... and a legend began.

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Adventure

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 September 1986 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Lazaro See more »

Filming Locations:

Brazil

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$676,166

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$676,166
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Beautiful Movie & Powerful Story
13 March 2006 | by Tara-147See all my reviews

This is a powerful story and a beautiful movie. Worth seeing if you can find it. The photography and the images are stunning. I saw the movie last on a Olympic cruise down the Amazon which made it even more magical.

The movie tells the story of Lazaro, son of a priest and a beautiful woman who lived deep in the Amazon jungle. When Lazaro's mother is killed the dolphins raise him and the local Indians begin to call him Dolphin Boy believing he is part human, part dolphin. It is a powerful story of Lazaro's conflicts with society but it is also the conflict between nature and man or progress. As others have commented it is the kind of movie that only comes along once every ten years.

If you enjoy the movie you should look for the original book Lazaro by David Kendall. The imagery in the book is so vivid in some ways it is better than the movie.


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