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Diamonds of Kilimandjaro (1983)

El tesoro de la diosa blanca (original title)
Not Rated | | Action, Adventure, Horror | 3 June 1983 (Spain)
A group of adventurers head to a primitive tribe in Africa to find a treasure of diamonds and a beautiful white girl who was lost years ago and was made the tribe's goddess.

Directors:

Jesús Franco (as C. Plaut), Olivier Mathot (uncredited)

Writers:

Jesús Franco (story), Jesús Franco (screenplay) (as A.L. Malraux)
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Cast

Cast overview:
Katja Bienert ... Diana
Antonio Mayans ... Fred Pereira (as Robert Foster)
Aline Mess Aline Mess ... Noba
Albino Graziani Albino Graziani ... Payton
Javier Maiza Javier Maiza ... Rofo
Olivier Mathot ... Mathieu
Mari Carmen Nieto Mari Carmen Nieto ... Lita (as Ana Stern)
Daniel White Daniel White ... Mr. De Winter (as Dan Villers)
Lina Romay ... Hermine
Daniel Katz Daniel Katz ... Pilot
Yolanda Mobita Yolanda Mobita ... Girl (as Yolanda Mubita)
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Storyline

A group of adventurers head to a primitive tribe in Africa to find a treasure of diamonds and a beautiful white girl who was lost years ago and was made the tribe's goddess.

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Country:

France | Spain

Language:

Spanish

Release Date:

3 June 1983 (Spain) See more »

Also Known As:

Diamonds of Kilimandjaro See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Elite Films, Eurociné See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The original film version of Diamonds of Kilimandjaro (1983) ran at 83 minutes. However, the French censors did not allow the film to air in France. To bypass the censors, the French Production company Eurociné deleting several scenes and sent Olivier Mathot to shoot different footage with the same actors (and also used new actors to add a few characters). The film was then repackaged as "Les Diamants du Kilimanjaro" and ran 95 minutes long. This film was then exported around the world, but was still never shown in France. The original Spanish version (83 minutes) is only available in Spain. See more »

Goofs

The bottle of whiskey De Winter accepts from Mathieu is made from tinted glass, but the whiskey bottle De Winter is drinking from later is made from clear glass. See more »

Alternate Versions

The export version, credited to Cole Polly, has a few additional scenes shot by Olivier Mathot. See more »

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References Cannibal Holocaust (1980) See more »

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Me - Pervert Jess Franco .... You - Jane!
24 December 2008 | by CoventrySee all my reviews

Good old Jess Franco! The always-reliable choice of director in case you're looking for undemanding sleaze, shameless exploitation and 200% gratuitousness. Jess once again really surpassed himself with this utterly trashy piece of jungle "adventure". Let's face it, this film is basically just an excuse to have the ravishingly hot (and underage…) actress Katja Bienert parade around topless. It's actually a rather disturbing thought that an innocent 16-year-old girl had to walk around a film set naked in front of a whole crew and particularly before the gazing eyes of pervert Franco! And it wasn't even the first time, since the duo previously already made "Linda" together. Anyways, just in case you wondered: YES, "Diamonds of the Kilimanjaro" does have a plot, albeit a very imbecilic one. During the opening sequences a plane, carrying aboard a wealthy Scottish guy and a girl child, crash amidst an African tribe of vegetarian cannibals. I say vegetarian because they never at one point in the film so much even attempt to consume human flesh. The obnoxious Scot declares himself the Great White Leader and the girl grows up to become the beautiful and scarcely dressed White Goddess. Several years later an expedition reaches the middle of the jungle to get the girl back to civilization and – even more importantly - to steal some of the tribe's legendary diamonds. This could have been a compelling and action-packed adventure movie, but Jess Franco obviously couldn't be bothered. Why shoot jungle chase sequences or bloody cannibalistic rites when you can just as easily aim your camera at a hot young chick sitting naked in a tree? Most of the jungle settings simply appear to be filmed in someone's garden and there's a massive amount of clumsily edited National Geographic wildlife footage in order to fill up the gaps in continuity. The back of the DVD describes "Diamonds of the Kilimanjaro" as an ingenious, feminist and adult orientated version of Tarzan. Yeah right, they just put that sentence there because Katja Bienert's character swings from one tree to another using a a couple of times.


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