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Adventure & Adventurers

Cobra Woman (1944)

Directed by Robert Siodmak. Cast: Maria Montez, Jon Hall, Sabu, Edgar Barrier. Upon discovering his fiance Tollea has been kidnaped, Ramu and his friend Kado set out for a Pacific isle where all strangers are to be killed on arrival and the inhabitants, who are frequently sacrificed to an angry volcano god, worship the cobra. The island is ruled by Tollea's evil twin Naja, the Cobra Woman, who, besides having designs on her new prisoner Ramu, also desires to eliminate any competition from her benevolent sister.71 min.

Congo (1995)

Directed by Frank Marshall. Cast: Dylan Walsh, Laura Linney, Ernie Hudson, Grant Heslov, Joe Don Baker, Tim Curry. When a man goes into the Congo and disappears, a former CIA operative goes after him. Accompanied by gee-whiz gadgetry and a few eccentric characters (including a mercenary, a researcher with a talking gorilla, and a professor looking for King Solomon's Mines), she sets out to rescue her former fiance encountering many dangers. Based on the novel by Michael Crichton. 108 min.

Cube (Canada, 1997)

Directed by Vincenzo Natali.. Cast: Nicole DeBoer, Nicky Guadagni, David Hewlett, Andrew Miller, Julian Richings, Wayne Robson, Maurice Dean Wint. Six ordinary strangers awaken to find themselves in a seemingly endless maze of interlocking cubical chambers armed with lethal booby traps. Without food or water, they have only a few days to live. None of them knows how or why they've been imprisoned, but soon discover that each possesses a skill that could contribute to their escape.

Dark of the Sun (1968)

Directed by Jack Cardiff. Cast: Jim Brown, Kenneth More, Rod Taylor, Yvette Mimieux. A band of mercenaries led by Captain Curry travels through the Congo across deadly terrain, battling rival armies, to rescue civilians imperiled by the rebels and recover $25 million in uncut diamonds. Based on a novel by Wilbur A. Smith. 101 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Death Proof (2007)

Directed by Quentin Tarantino. Cast: Kurt Russell, Rosario Dawson, Vanessa Ferlito, Jordan Ladd, Rose McGowan, Sydney Poitier, Tracie Thoms, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Zoe Bell, Michael Parks. A deranged stuntman stalks and kills victims from the safety of his killer car, but when he picks on the wrong group of babes, all bets are off. These girls prove harder to get, and because of a combination of bad luck and Stuntman Mike's carelessness, the girls decide to turn the tables on their tormentor for revenge of their own. 127 min.

Deliverance (1972)

Directed by John Boorman. Cast: Jon Voight, Burt Reynolds, Ned Beatty, Ronny Cox, Bill McKinney, Herbert Coward. Four ordinary men traveling in two canoes descend a river they've only seen as a squiggly line on a map, determined to test themselves against a wilderness they only think they understand, only to find they must fight for their lives against some sadistic mountain men. 109 min.

Elephant Walk (1954)

Directed by William Dieterle. Cast: Elizabeth Taylor, Dana Andrews, Peter Finch. In this drama set in Ceylon, Taylor plays a newlywed who accompanies her husband to his tea plantation called Elephant Walk and falls for the overseer. The love triangle is soon dwarfed by other events, however, as a cholera epidemic breaks out, drought blights the land, and herds of thirst-maddened elephants devastate the plantation. 103 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Extreme Prejudice (1987)

Directed by Walter Hill. Cast: Nick Nolte, Powers Boothe, Michael Ironside, Maria Conchita Alonso, Rip Torn, Clancy Brown, William Forsythe, Matt Mulhern, Larry B. Scott, Dan Tullis Jr., John Dennis Johnston, James Lashly, Marco Rodriguez, Luis Contreras, Carlos Cervantes, Tom "Tiny" Lister Jr. El Paso based Texas Ranger Jack Benteen is intent on trying to control the drug trade, and the means breaking up the drug cartel run by his old friend Cash Bailey across the border in Mexico. His girl Sarita has tired of life with him, and returned to her former lover--Cash.

Fireball 500 (1966)

Directed by William Asher. Cast: Frankie Avalon, Annette Funicello, Fabian, Chill Wills, Harvey Lembeck, Julie Parrish. Stock car racer Dave Owens plays into the hands of whiskey runners by agreeing to drive in a cross-country road race. He is assisted by Jane Harris and Sonny Leander Fox. Soon Dave and Sonny begin a friendly rivalry for Jane. 92 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Four Frightened People (1934)

Directed by Cecil B. DeMille. Cast: Claudette Colbert, Herbert Marshall, Mary Boland, William Gargan, Leo Carrillo, Nella Walker, Tetsu Komai. Four unremarkable people escape their bubonic plague-infested ship and land on the coast of a wild Malayan island. In order to reach safety they must trek through the jungle, facing wild animals and attacks by primitive tribesmen. From the novel by E. Arnot Robertson. 79 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database