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The Southern Star [VHS] [1968]

George Segal , Ursula Andress , Sidney Hayers    Parental Guidance   VHS Tape
3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: George Segal, Ursula Andress, Orson Welles, Harry Andrews, Ian Hendry
  • Directors: Sidney Hayers
  • Format: PAL, Dolby
  • Language: English
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Columbia Pictures
  • Run Time: 102 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000LU7TW6
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 213,768 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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The Southern Star is a very big diamond. Someone steals it. George Segal and Ursula Andress, pursued by Ian Hendry, all hampered by the dipsomaniac homosexual ex-Major Orson Welles, attempt to retrieve it, and have encounters with wildlife, humour and danger along the way.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars THE SOUTHERN STAR 16 Aug 2012
By Dr S. S. Nagi TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
This movie was first released in 1968(1996)2011, in Widescreen 2.4.1, Technicolour and runs 104 minutes. The sound and picture quality are excellent. The only extra is a Widescreen trailor. The film starts in 1912 French West Africa(Senegal), where Kramer(HARRY ANDREWS) has a private diamond empire complete with personal army. The Africans are digging for diamonds and one of them finds a very large diamond, on field 3. They take this diamond to Dan Rockland(GEORGE SEGAL) and his African helper Matakit(JOHNNY SEKKA). They think it is real and news is sent to Kramer. Erica Kramer(URSULA ANDRESS) rushes to the station where the train is awaited carrying the diamond. Capt Karl(IAN HENDRY) of Kramer is worried. Dan and Matakit are also on this train. However, a bomb has been put in the rail track, blowing up the train. Karl and Erica rush to the spot. Dan and Matakit survive and find another bomb. Erica is glad to see Dan, who then gives this bomb to Karl and says that someone is trying to blowup somebody. The 3 white officers of Karl, had planted the bomb, then try to shoot at Erica, Dan and Matakit while they are driving away. At Kramer's party, he shows the large cut diamond to his guests and Erica names it 'The Southern Star'. Lights go out and the diamond is missing. Kramer accuses Dan for theft. Matakit runs and Kramer asks Karl to bring back Matakit and the diamond. As Matakit escapes riding an ostrich, Erica breaks Dan out of jail. They both go after Matakit, to get the diamond back. Meanwhile, Karl and his men chase them in the car, thinking Erica and Dan would lead them to Matakit and the diamond. Major Plankett(ORSON WELLES) is told that the bush drums say that 10,000 in gold is to be offered for Matakit's capture. Read more ›
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3.0 out of 5 stars Sluggish jungle adventure 10 Sep 2012
By The CinemaScope Cat TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
Set in 1912 French West Africa, when the largest diamond in the world called the Southern Star is stolen, the chase is on to capture the suspected thief (Johnny Sekka). But did he steal it? Loosely based on the Jules Verne novel L'ETOILE DU SUD, this jungle adventure takes a long time in getting a rhythm going and even then, it's run of the mill fare. George Segal seems out of his element as the conniving hero, it's the kind of role a Harrison Ford or Michael Douglas could slip into easily. Though handsomely filmed on location in Senegal in Techniscope by Raoul Coutard (JULES ET JIM), the film is marred by some inferior rear projection shots. Most notably when Ursula Andress is terrorized by a cobra, it's painfully obvious that Andress is sitting in front of a projected backdrop of a cobra. Directed by Sidney Hayers (BURN WITCH BURN). Matt Monro sings the title song. With Orson Welles looking bored, Ian Hendry, Harry Andrews and a scene stealing ostrich called Olga.

The Sony MOD DVD-r is a nice looking anamorphic wide screen (2.35) transfer.
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By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAME TOP 100 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
Based on a novel by André Laurie (né Paschal Grousset) but published under the name of his editor and co-writer Jules Verne, 1969's The Southern Star has all the ingredients for an enjoyable comedy adventure romp - runaway trains, stampedes, quicksand, villains at each other's throats, exotic locations and a gratuitous bathing scene to allow Ursula Andress to undress - but keeps on falling short. It's a treasure hunt/manhunt picture, with George Segal's penniless geologist having to track down sidekick Johnny Sekka, suspected of stealing the world's largest diamond, through the Senegal bush to prove that he wasn't in on the caper himself, accompanied by mine owner's daughter Andress, pursued by Ian Hendry's murderous security chief who wants Segal dead and Andress for himself and hindered by his underemployed predecessor Orson Welles' small army of mercenaries and cuththroats. All of which sounds more fun than it actually is, but it never really comes together.

There's nothing particularly wrong with the script by David Pursall and Jack Seddon, who wrote the earlier Andress picture The Blue Max, and at times this feels like it was intended for that film's director, John Guillermin, who would have brought a steadier hand to the tiller as well as bringing it a crueller edge. Unfortunately, Sidney Hayers doesn't seem to know quite what to do with it, with the tone all over the place: some scenes are fine, others too broad while others feel half-hearted until it settles down to a more even level of mediocrity around the halfway point.
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4.0 out of 5 stars widescreen, not 4:3 15 May 2012
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Ursula still looked good undressed. Orson would probably not look as good naked but he had the good taste of keeping his clothes on despite the heat and was instead charismatically wicked. George Segal was a hopeless case as always (I don't know why he is so lacking in charisma - maybe he tries too much looking smart, I really don't know). Michel Constantin is sadly miscast as a second-rate crook, being far too serious for this material. Harry Andrews is as unsympathetic as always and you must admire him for always managing to be so.

It's all in glorious wide-screen and if you remember it like I did, your boyhood will come back to you a little. New viewers may maybe find it dated.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars In The Jungle With Ursula 2 May 2011
By William Amazzini - Published on Amazon.com
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Here is a film which should have been a bonafide classic in which we have a mixture of jungle, heist , and action adventure genres but the film never really comes together. Director Sydney Hayer's 'THE SOUTHERN STAR' is an interesting failure. It has good production values but comes off as a British television production. Hayers directed numerous episodes of the classic 'AVENGERS' series and some of that rubs off on this production. He was no slouch in the horror genre either with the excellent 'CIRCUS OF HORRORS' and the eerie 'NIGHT OF THE EAGLE' aka 'BURN, WITCH, BURN' both made in the early sixties can prove. However, this film just doesn't seem to work and yet it should. Based on a novel by Jules Verne, the plot revolves upon a valuable diamond which is stolen from millionaire Kramer played with a strange German accent by venerable Brit Harry Andrews. American actor George Segal and beautiful 'SHE' actress Ursula Andress play the couple which the film embraces as they scramble to get the diamond away from the two other characters after it also: the military commander brilliantly played by Ian Hendry and killer for hire Orson Welles in a great cameo. What bogs the film down is the ridiculous humor sequences peppered throughout where this viewer found it hard to balance the serious and the slapstick. Segal was known for his comedic farces but only got serious in selected forays such as Director Michael Anderson's underrated 'THE QUILLER MEMORANDUM' and Director Mike Hodge's 'THE TERMINAL MAN'. Here he comes off as a foppish Geologist engaged to Andress who happens to be Andrews' daughter. Ursula has a startling nude bathing scene in this supposedly family adventure. But not even her assets can elevate this film from its forgettable status. Columbia releases the film as a DVD-R made to order release which Amazon has at an affordable price. The 2.35 transfer fluctuates from beautiful to grainy but who can snipe since the film is so rare. Recommended for fans of jungle thrills and comic farce, 'THE SOUTHERN STAR' at its conclusion will have you shaking your head in amazement that it could have been so much more. The 3 stars are for the production values and some of the performances and emerges as a true anomaly in the annals of the action genre.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Sluggish jungle adventure 10 Sep 2012
By The CinemaScope Cat - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
Set in 1912 French West Africa, when the largest diamond in the world called the Southern Star is stolen, the chase is on to capture the suspected thief (Johnny Sekka). But did he steal it? Loosely based on the Jules Verne novel L'ETOILE DU SUD, this jungle adventure takes a long time in getting a rhythm going and even then, it's run of the mill fare. George Segal seems out of his element as the conniving hero, it's the kind of role a Harrison Ford or Michael Douglas could slip into easily. Though handsomely filmed on location in Senegal in Techniscope by Raoul Coutard (JULES ET JIM), the film is marred by some inferior rear projection shots. Most notably when Ursula Andress is terrorized by a cobra, it's painfully obvious that Andress is sitting in front of a projected backdrop of a cobra. Directed by Sidney Hayers (BURN WITCH BURN). Matt Monro sings the title song. With Orson Welles looking bored, Ian Hendry, Harry Andrews and a scene stealing ostrich called Olga.

The Sony MOD DVD-r is a good looking anamorphic wide screen (2.35) transfer.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Boy! Am I Seeing A Different Movie Than All The Other Reviewers??? I Loved It!!!!! 24 Sep 2013
By Rick L. Parrish - Published on Amazon.com
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I saw this in 1969 and I thought it was great! I just watched it again and I still think it's great!! It's wonderful entertainment and I'm not sure it was trying to be anything the other reviewers think it was. George Segal made a great reluctant hero and seven years after her debut as the original Bond Girl, Ursula Andress still (or as we boys used to call her - Ursula Undress - yes we were snotty
nosed teens) was still a natural wonder to behold. Orson Welles is slumming here...but then Orson slummed like nobody else and stole the screen from anyone foolish enough to share it with him. Harry Andrews was great and since my Father was a movie projectionist for 40 years I had occasion to see him in a slew of films but of course Ursula and Orson stole my attention away from the others. I love the ending! The movie is well paced and the comic duel of personalities between Ursula and Segal is worth the price of admission anyway.

It is a great family action/adventure film period and I don't think you'll feel cheated in anyway at the end except for slapping your head for not figuring out where the Diamond was!!!!

I would whole heartedly recommend.
5.0 out of 5 stars A Classic George Segal Movie 17 July 2014
By David Lucero - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
I enjoyed this movie as a kid and saw it recently. It's the kind of movie you always enjoy. It's got tongue-and-cheek acting along with action, drama, comedy.

George Segal plays a guy lucky enough to win the love of Ursula Andress, the daughter of a wealthy mine owner in Africa. When a diamond the size of a fist is found on the mine, someone steals it and blames George Segal's friend. They go off on a trek through the bush to find his friend and declare his innocence. All the while they are followed by a ruthless man who wants the diamond and Ursula at the same time.

Orson Welles has a supporting role as a man seeking vengeance for those who turned on him. Harry Andrews plays Ursula's father, and Johnny Sekka plays the African accused of stealing the diamond. I like the friendship between George Segal and Johnny Sekka's character. They are light-hearted people seeking fortune and don't necessarily want to harm anyone in the process. The film has stampedes, all likes of wildlife, and you can't help but to wonder if something like this happened. I highly recommend this film.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Love it 9 May 2014
By TI - Published on Amazon.com
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This was a childhood favorite movie. I have been looking for it for a few years. The movie takes me to a happy place :) I was happy to finally get it again. The last time I saw it was about 27 years ago and I still remember most of the lines! great adventure, story telling and of course, the safari/forest/jungle backdrop is fantastic. I wonder if this can made into Blu-ray, with better hi def picture and sound? It will be more magnificent.
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