The Girl from Rio (1968)

UK, West Germany, Spain 1The nationality of the film depends upon which print you see – each of the three listed countries credits their own production company as the primary creator, 1968
79m [Spain], 84m [West Germany]; 94m, 2311 metres
Eastmancolor, 1.66:1
mono, English

A British/West German/Spanish fantasy film directed by Jesus Franco using the pseudonym Jess Franco.

Premise

The rulers of an Amazon tribe lure millionaires into the jungle to rob them of their fortunes.

Credits

* = uncredited

Crew
Directed by: Jess Franco [real name: Jesus Franco]
© 1968 by Udastex Films Ltd [English language version]
© 1968 by Terra-Fimkusnt [sic]
A Terra Filmkunst, Berlin, Ada Films, Madrid Usastex-Film, New York [sic] co-production
Produced by: Harry Alan Towers
Production Manager: Juan Estelrich
Screenplay by: Peter Welbeck [real name: Harry Alan Towers] [English language version]; Peter Welbeck [real name: Harry Alan Towers] Karl Leder [German language version]; Jesús Franco, Franz Eichhorn [Spanish language version]
Based on Characters Created by: Sax Rohmer
Dialogue Director: Manfred R. Köhler [on German prints]
Assistant Director: Ricardo Franco
Photographed by: Manuel Merino
Editor: Alan Morrison [English language version]; Alan Morrison. Karin Vietinghoff [German language version]
Music by: Daniel White
Sound: Paul Schöler [German language version]
Dubbing Editor: Adrian Macdonald

Cast
Shirley Eaton (Sumitra)
Richard Wyler (Jeff Sutton)
George Sanders (Masius)
Maria Rohm (Lesley)
Eliza Montes (Irene)
Marta Reves (Ulla)
Herbert Fleischmann (Carl)
Walter Rilla (Ennio Rossini – credited on German prints)
Beny Cardoso [Yana] *
Valentina Godoy [an Amazon] *
Michael Lenz *

Alternative Titles

7 fredlösa män – Sweden
La ciudad sin hombres – Spain
Future Woman – US bootleg title
Future Women – US television title
A Garota do Rio – Brazil re-release title
The Girl from Rio – UK, US title
Mothers of America – US advertising title
A Mulher do Rio – Brazil
Rio 70 – US title
Río setenta
River 70
The Seven Secrets of Sumuru – alternative US title
Die Sieben Männer der Sumuru – West Germany
Sumuru
Sumuru o Beijo da Morte – Brazil
Sumuru regina di Femina – Italy
Sumuru, la cité sans hommes – France

Sequel to
Sumuru (1967)

Extracts included in
Operation: Secret Agents, Spies & Thighs (2007)
Rolling in Rio (2004)
Stephen Thrower on Eugenie (2015)
Triple X Selects: The Best of Lezsploitation (2007)

Press

Classic Images no.316 (October 2001) p.52
A guilty pleasure rather than a “classic” Future Woman is a bizarre sub-B production shot in Rio featuring has-been or never-been stars and a James Bond/feminist plot […] This fully-licensed romp is a hoot that utilizes the limited talents of Mr Sanders and Ms Eaton with delightful results. Despite being an embarrassment to the Bond franchise, it does provide mouth opening silliness that should please most viewers just as much as the high-budgeted thrills of that stunt-driven series., If you’re willing to suspend disbelief in a major way and lower your scruples (and eyebrows) about what exactly what movies should aim to be, Future Woman is Barbarella-ish fun that might just be outrageously enough for you – from a video review (Video Views) by John Nangle

References

Periodicals

Classic Images no.316 (October 2001) p.52 – video review (Video Views by John Nangle)
Filmwoche no.26 (23 March 1969)
Guia de Filmes no.31 (January/February 1971) p.46 – credits, synopsis, review
Spanish Cinema 1971 p.84

Books

Harry Alan Towers: The Transnational Career of a Cinematic Contrarian by Dave Mann pp.82, 83, 89, 93
Horror and Science Fiction Films II by Donald C. Willis p.146
The International Spy Guide 002 by Richard Rhys Davies p.845 – illustrated credits, note
Reference Guide to Fantastic Films by Walt Lee p.404 – credits