January 13, 2004
Buena Vista Home Video
- Runtime: 105 minutes
- NTSC (Canada and USA)
- Originally in English
- Released in English
For six years, Dr. Robert Campbell has taken up residence in the Amazon rainforest, where he has researched potential new drugs. But the company that sponsored him begins to worry about what he's been doing for all that time, so they send Dr. Rae Crane, a female scientist, to Brazil to help him in his work -- and more importantly, to check on him. Within minutes, the misogynistic, independent Campbell and the feminist Crane detest and distrust each other. But as Crane begins to look into Campbell's research, she realizes that he's on the verge of finding a miracle drug -- one that could wipe out cancer. He, in turn, also starts to respect her. Just as the two begin to collaborate, however, they run smack into a big problem: the very rainforest that will yield the important medicine is on the verge of destruction -- and the forces destroying it may just be too powerful for Campbell and Crane to stop.
Removing himself from modern society, Dr Robert Campbell (Sean Connery), has become a MEDIINE MAN to the people of the Amazonian village which he inhabits. By a freak mishap, Campbell has deduced that the cure for cancer can be derived from a chemical found in a Brazilian flower.
Fellow scientist/beauty Dr. Rae Crane tracks down the elusive Campbell in an effort to monitor his progress. The two doctors, although physical attracted to one another butt heads when a villager becomes sick, and Campbell wishes to use only remaining bit of cancer curing serum to save the native’s life. In addition to battling each other, the doctors must contend with a group of loggers who pose a danger to the village.
Shot in Mexico and Brazil, Director John McTiernan returns to the jungles he burned in his 1987 blockbuster, PREDATOR, and delivers a scenic psychic thriller. Gone is the gore from McTiernan’s previous films. Instead he has choses a more humanistic topic, conservation, plus, the sparks between actors Connery and Bracco are more incendiary than any machine gun.
Color by Technicolor; shot in Panavision, on location in Brazil and Mexico.
Jesus Buenrostro and Marlisi Storchi were the Brazilian Indian art directors; Rita Muritmho was the Brazilian Indian costume designer and Maria Fatima Toledo was the Brazilian Indian choreographer.
Copyright 1992 Cinergi Productions Inc.