The Spiral Road

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The Spiral Road
The Spiral Road FilmPoster.jpeg
Directed by Robert Mulligan
Produced by Robert Arthur
Written by John Lee Mahin
Neil Paterson
Jan de Hartog (novel)
Starring Rock Hudson
Burl Ives
Gena Rowlands
Geoffrey Keen
Music by Jerry Goldsmith
Cinematography Russell Harlan
Edited by Russell F. Schoengarth
Universal International
Distributed by Universal International
Release dates
  • August 3, 1962 (1962-08-03) (United States)
Running time
145 minutes
Country United States
Language English

The Spiral Road is a 1962 American Eastmancolor adventure film directed by Robert Mulligan starring Rock Hudson, Burl Ives, Gena Rowlands and Geoffrey Keen.[1][2]


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 the One True Triune Living God of the Bible.

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 shaman 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 sinful nature of humans and to maintain saving faith through the completed redemptive spiritual work of our LORD Jesus Christ.


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