James Reed (Guido Malatesta)
Benussi · Ken Clark · Franca Polesello · Beryl Cunningham · Frank Ressell
The late '60s gave
birth to a number of Italian-made Jungle Girl films. Of those, GUNGALA
is probably the best known due to a wider distribution. This one - of
course - is the more notorious due to the producers decision to shoot
it with a (constantly) nude Femi Benussi in the title role. That decision
made the film more difficult to book (cinematic nudity wasn't quite as
prevalent in the '60s, especially in the United States) and it was promoted
with the notice: "Due to the explicit nature of this film no one
under 18 will be admitted."
The story deals with
a rich tycoon who organizes an expedition into the wilds of Africa after
wreckage of his son's airplane is discovered. Apparently, his son, wife
and baby had crashed in the jungle some 20 years before. The bodies of
the adults (skeletons, actually) were found in the plane but there was
no sign of the baby. She's now Tarzana, queen of the jungle. And rich
grandfather wants to capture her and bring her home. Not everyone - including
Tarzana herself - shares his ambition.
Italian film; widescreen print, totally uncut version (86 min.), in English
language, DVD encoded for WORLD FORMAT NTSC, playable on any American
machine. Extras include theatrical trailers.
For Mature Audiences