The Spiral Road
|The Spiral Road|
|Directed by||Robert Mulligan|
|Written by||John Lee Mahin
Jan de Hartog (novel)
|Music by||Jerry Goldsmith|
|Distributed by||Universal Pictures|
|Release date(s)||3 August 1962|
|Running time||145 minutes|
The Spiral Road is a 1962 American drama starring Rock Hudson, Burl Ives, Gena Rowlands, Geoffrey Keen, Reggie Nalder and Neva Patterson. It was directed by Robert Mulligan with a screenplay by John Lee Mahin and Neil Paterson adapted from the novel by Jan de Hartog. It also featured an early score by composer Jerry Goldsmith.
Dr. Anton Drager (Rock Hudson) travels to Java to study the effects of leprosy under an expert on the subject, Dr. Brits Jansen (Burl Ives). The two physicians have many of the same views scientifically, but are philosophically a mismatch, because Drager does not share the older Jansen's belief in a god.
After being married with his sweetheart, Els (Gena Rowlands), Drager must trek into the jungle to track down Frolick (Philip Abbott), a drunken river master who is lost. Frolick has been driven mad by a voodoo doctor called Burubi (Reggie Nalder). Drager eventually comes across Frolick, but ends up killing him in self-defense.
After rescuing another doctor, in the same region, Anton becomes lost in the wild. He nearly dies and has lapsed into a coma by the time he is rescued. His ordeal comes to change his perceptions and agree more with Jansen on one's need to believe in the goodness of others and to maintain faith.
- Rock Hudson as Drager
- Burl Ives as Jansen
- Gena Rowlands as Els
- Geoffrey Keen
- Philip Abbott as Frolick
- Ibrahim Pendek as Stego Myia
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