The Southern Star

The Southern Star

Sidney Hayers (1969)

101min
PG Certificate
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Review

Our Score
This African adventure filmed on authentic Senegalese locations is splendidly photographed but, alas, it bears the curse of the international co-production. Underrated editor-turned-director Sidney Hayers (The Trap) tries to pull together the Jules Verne-inspired plot and a cast that verges on the preposterous, headed by George Segal (far too urban for this type of trek), the ravishingly lovely Ursula Andress, and the great Orson Welles, who was obviously in need of the money. True Brit stalwarts Ian Hendry and Harry Andrews bring some dignity to a romp that isn't sure whether it's comedy or adventure or both, but it looks good thanks to Jean-Luc Godard's go-to cameraman, Raoul Coutard.

Summary

A fortune hunter finds a priceless diamond in Africa, but is relentlessly hunted by rivals keen to steal it. Comedy adventure, with George Segal, Ursula Andress and Orson Welles.

Cast & Crew

Actor George Segal
Actor Ursula Andress
Actor Orson Welles
Director Sidney Hayers

Other Information

Language: EnglishColourAvailable on: video
Comedy Drama