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A man in Central America finds his brother's murdered body. It turns out that his brother has been murdered because he knows the whereabouts of a lost city in the jungle. The man teams up ... See full summary »

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H. Gordon Boos

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Desmond Bagley (novel), Denne Bart Petitclerc (screenplay) (as Denne Bart Petitclerc) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Patrick ... James Wheeler
Chiara Caselli ... Caterina Carrara
Fred Ward ... Andrew Fallon
John Verea ... Raoul Gato
Daniela Alviani Daniela Alviani ... Milena Brava
Tom Poster Tom Poster ... Ray Wheeler
Juan Patricio Arenas Juan Patricio Arenas ... Salinas
Francisco Alpizar Francisco Alpizar ... Pedro
Ernesto Rohormoser Ernesto Rohormoser ... Jorge
Heiner Porras Heiner Porras ... Ernesto
John Lewis John Lewis ... Ernesto's Assistant
Walter Castro Walter Castro ... Thug #1
Tibor Mezaros Tibor Mezaros ... Thug #2
Roberto Leiva Roberto Leiva ... Gunfiring Chichero #1
Andres de la Ossa Andres de la Ossa ... Gunfiring Chichero #2
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A man in Central America finds his brother's murdered body. It turns out that his brother has been murdered because he knows the whereabouts of a lost city in the jungle. The man teams up with a search expedition and goes off to hunt for these ancient ruins. Unfortunately, almost every member of the group has plans to double-cross the others. All is resolved in bloody fashion in the middle of the jungle wilderness. Written by Jonathon Dabell <barnabyrudge@hotmail.com>

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Ambition is good; greed can kill you.


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Rated R for violence and some sexuality | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 October 2000 (South Korea) See more »

Also Known As:

Forbidden City See more »

Filming Locations:

San Jose, Costa Rica

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

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1.85 : 1
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Released on VHS as "Forgotten City" copyright 2000. See more »

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B-Movie Treasure Hunt Still Entertains!
15 November 2000 | by cariartSee all my reviews

'Forbidden City' is a modestly-budgeted adventure yarn, that actually is fairly well-made and exciting! The story of an expedition searching for a lost Mayan 'City of Gold', it relies on the usual cliches of jungle movies (double-crossing team members, venomous animals, the ever-popular capsizing boat in a raging river), but serves it up with a kind of brawny acceptance, best personified by Fred Ward, as the adventurer leading the party ("Don't expect tears; you play the cards you're given.") By keeping the story moving, you find you don't mind the familiar territory as much!

The opening is reminiscent of 'Romancing the Stone'; an American archeologist in Central America calls his brother, begging him to bring a Mayan plate that had been a gift to their mother. The brother (Robert Patrick), an insurance investigator, agrees, but arrives a day late, with fatal results for his brother!

Upon arrival, Patrick discovers his brother's body, and is taken into custody by the police; upon release, he is immediately chased by the gang of thugs who murdered his brother! At the last moment, he is rescued by a pretty Italian archeologist (Chiara Casselli), who explains that the plate is a map, which, when joined with another plate, will give directions to a lost city with a fortune in gold. The second plate belongs to an American millionaire (Fred Ward) who is prepared to finance and lead an expedition. This is where the adventure REALLY begins!

Robert Patrick, best known as 'Terminator 2', and as Scully's new partner on 'The X-Files', is, as always, a bit wooden as the lead, but he can deliver a one-liner with just the right degree of sarcasm! Casselli is lovely, with jet-black eyes, and a more modest sexuality than you usually see from the female lead in this kind of film. The real 'star' here is Fred Ward ('The Right Stuff'; 'Tremors'), who conveys cockiness, arrogance, and pathos with equal skill. He is always fun to watch, and gives an 'A' movie performance in this 'B' movie!

If you want a jungle 'classic', check out 'The Emerald Forest', but if you're in the mood to kick back and relax with a good no-brainer 'lost treasure' flick, try 'Forgotten City'! It won't win any prizes, but it will serve up a nice helping of old-fashioned adventure!


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