The 5th Monkey (1990) - Rotten Tomatoes

The 5th Monkey (1990)





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Ben Kingsley headlines this thoughtful adventure that was filmed on location in Brazil. The story centers on Cunda, a poor hunter who makes his meager living killing snakes. One day, he runs across four chimpanzees. The hunter is elated, for he hopes that selling them in the Big City will net him enough money to pay the dowry of his beloved Maria, a widow who lives in his village. His journey is long and arduous. At one point he ends up forced to work in a remote mining camp; at another he gets captured by military slavers. He and a beautiful Indian girl manage to escape from the latter and with the chimps make it to the city. But things don't go well there. More adventures ensue, and with each one, Cunda ponders humankind's true place in the natural world.


Mika Lins
as Octavia
Vera Fischer
as Mrs. Watts
Carlos Kroeber
as Mr. Garcia
Rinaldo Rinaldi
as Mr. Watts
Henrique Cuckerman
as Store Owner
Paulo Gorgulho
as Commander
Brooks Williams
as Dr. Howard
Breno Moroni
as Bartender
Messias Santos
as Guard at Miner's
Antonio Pitanga
as Drunk at the Party
Thiago Justino
as Chauffeur
Katia Bronstein
as Mrs. Tramp
Bety Shumacher
as Mrs. Doodle
Gilson Moura
as Guard at Jail
as Chimp
as Chimp
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