“What did you expect? A notarized guarantee that the baby would be born with eyes aimed your way?”
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Barry’s rejection of his own son based purely on his appearance is at least a refreshingly forthright depiction of white supremacy at its most insidious; but watching Dickinson try again and again to make things work with her estranged husband — simply for the opportunity to send her son to America, though we get the sense she still loves Barry for some reason — leaves us feeling decidedly icky. Adding some much-needed pathos to the storyline is Nat “King” Cole as a Black American mercenary named Goldie who is openly disgusted by Barry’s treatment of his son, and who is (thankfully) able to show this emotion without fear of racial reprisal.
The bulk of the drama focuses on the group’s intrepid journey across a jungle of wilderness, using Dickinson as a decoy and featuring plenty of gritty violence along the way. Joseph Biroc’s atmospheric cinematography is top-notch throughout, effectively portraying the shadowy dangers this group undergoes:
While this film isn’t must-see viewing, it will be of interest to Fuller fans, and is worth a one-time look.
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