|Jungle Warriors (Euer Weg führt durch die Hölle)|
|Directed by||Ernst R. von Theumer|
|Written by||Robert Collector, Marc Furstenberg|
|Starring||Sybil Danning, Alex Cord, Woody Strode, John Vernon, Paul L. Smith, Dana Elcar|
Jungle Warriors, also called The Czar of Brazil (Euer Weg führt durch die Hölle, "Your Path Leads Through Hell", in Germany) is an action film, released in the United States on November 1984. The film was shot in Mexico and the old West Germany, but recreated the scenario of a South American jungle. Though is not a well-known film, it stars -among other recognized names- Sybil Danning (a famous American B-movie actress), Dana Elcar (MacGyver’s boss on the celebrated TV series) and Paul L. Smith (who appeared in movies like Midnight Express, Dune and Red Sonja). Renowned movie star Dennis Hopper had a secondary role on the film, but later was replaced by actor Marjoe Gortner.
A group of gorgeous American models take a long trip to South America, to participate in a photo session on a location deep in the jungle, apparently somewhere around Peruvian tropical forest. While flying over a cocaine plantation, their plane is shot down by Cesar, a dangerous drug lord, and the girls are taken prisoner by his army. Cesar suspects that an undercover police officer is among the models (in fact, one of the women actually is a special agent), so he orders his mercenaries to drag the girls into his dungeon for interrogation. After being tortured by Angel, Cesar’s sister, and cruelly gang-raped by all soldiers, the models are imprisoned in an underground cell to await Cesar's decision whether to execute them or keep them as slaves for his soldier’s “entertainment”. With the help of an old female servant, the models manage to escape from the basement jail and get some guns. As they make their way toward freedom, they run into a high-level Mafia meeting there in Cesar’s manor. A final gunfight breaks out as the women fight to take revenge and escape alive.
The movie follows the line of sexploitation films (with a mix of Women in prison film and rape and revenge films), being a low-budget production with some nudity and rough sexual-violence. In fact, it contains a large rape scene, showing the defenseless girls tied by the wrists to the dungeon’s ceiling and fences and being sadistically stripped, groped and abused by dozens of soldiers. Precisely, this strong scene made the film rated R and, consequently, couldn’t aim to a mass audience. On later releases and in the edited for T.V. version, this scene has been deleted, to allow for a wider audience.
Cast and crew
Director … Ernst R. von Theumer
Writers … Robert Collector, Marc Furstenberg.
- Nina Van Pallandt ... Joanna Quinn
- Paul L. Smith ... Cesar Santiago
- John Vernon ... Vito Mastranga
- Alex Cord ... Nick Spilotro
- Sybil Danning ... Angel
- Marjoe Gortner ... Larry Schecter
- Woody Strode ... Luther
- Kai Wulff ... Ben Sturges
- Dana Elcar ... D'Antoni
- Suzi Horne ... Pam Ross
- Mindi Iden ... Marci
- Kari Lloyd ... Brie Klinger
- Ava Cadell ... Didi Belair
- Myra Chason ... Cindy Cassidy
- Angela Robinson ... Monique Rogers