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The Lost City of Z (2016)

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A true-life drama, centering on British explorer Col. Percival Fawcett, who disappeared whilst searching for a mysterious city in the Amazon in the 1920s.

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James Gray

Writers:

James Gray (written for the screen by), David Grann (based on the book by)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Charlie Hunnam ... Percy Fawcett
Robert Pattinson ... Henry Costin
Sienna Miller ... Nina Fawcett
Tom Holland ... Jack Fawcett
Edward Ashley ... Arthur Manley
Angus Macfadyen ... James Murray
Ian McDiarmid ... Sir George Goldie
Clive Francis ... Sir John Scott Keltie
Pedro Coello ... Tadjui
Matthew Sunderland ... Dan
Johann Myers ... Willis
Aleksandar Jovanovic ... Urquhart
Elena Solovey ... Madame Kumel
Bobby Smalldridge ... Jack Fawcett (7 Yr Old)
Tom Mulheron Tom Mulheron ... Jack Fawcett (3 Yr Old)
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Storyline

The Lost City of Z tells the incredible true story of British explorer Percy Fawcett, who journeys into the Amazon at the dawn of the 20th century and discovers evidence of a previously unknown, advanced civilization that may have once inhabited the region. Despite being ridiculed by the scientific establishment who regard indigenous populations as "savages," the determined Fawcett - supported by his devoted wife, son and aide de camp returns time and again to his beloved jungle in an attempt to prove his case, culminating in his mysterious disappearance in 1925.

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Based on the true story of one of Britain's greatest explorers. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for violence, disturbing images, brief strong language and some nudity | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Portuguese | Tupi | Spanish | German

Release Date:

21 April 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Lost City of Z See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$112,633, 14 April 2017, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$8,580,410

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$17,509,437
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Runtime:

| (Mainland China Cut Version)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

According to director James Gray, "This idea of the intrepid explorer seems foreign to us now but people like Fawcett and Shackleton were the superheroes of their day," explains Gray. "When I was growing up as a kid, Neil Armstrong made you slack-jawed with awe because he was willing to take unbelievable risks so he could walk on another celestial body. Well, back in the day, Fawcett and these other guys were like the astronauts in the sixties." See more »

Goofs

Thoughout the movie the English main character communicates to the Indigenous natives with the dialect of Spanish. Considering that the natives have not come into contact with 'the white man' before, there is no way that they could have learnt this language and therefore understand him. See more »

Quotes

Nina Fawcett: To dream to seek the unknown. To look for what is beautiful is its own reward. A man's reach should exceed his grasp, or what's a heaven for?
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Alternate Versions

Originally rated R for "brief violence", the distributor chose to cut the movie to secure a PG-13 rating. See more »

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Referenced in The Cinema Snob: Cannibal Holocaust II (2017) See more »

Soundtracks

Violin Concerto in E Major, BWV 1042
Composed by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performed by Takako Nishizaki, Capella Istropolitana, Oliver Dohnanyi
Courtesy of Naxos of America
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Massive let down

It's a really good example of how a terrible script can completely destroy a movie. There are too many things which make no sense to list, but the key issues are:

For a film that seems so keen to virtue-signal about white ignorance and racism, it does nothing to explain to us Fawcett's theories about the people of Z. Who were they? How did their civilisation operate? Why did they disappear? Surely these explorers would have built up far more of a picture from the surrounding tribes, artefacts, and previous finds. There is a tiny smattering of these things, but in 2h21ms nowhere near enough to build up a mythology. Therefore it's difficult to see why this obsesses Fawcett. You literally get more detail from the quests in the Indiana Jones movies.

Instead it focuses relentlessly on the most tedious and dangerous aspects of the trips, their suffering, or switches back to London with almost every old man of course a stiff- upper-lip racist and sexist cliché. Imagine a more insidious General Melchett from Blackadder Goes Forth and you won't be far off.

There is an extremely cringey attempt to insert a modern feminist perspective. At one stage, Nina wants to go on the expedition. Her reasoning? She found an important document relating to it. This apparently makes her equal to Fawcett's many years of soldiering and survival skills. It's clumsy and anachronistic. The trip could very well kill them both and so would leave their children orphaned. Surely a more logical argument would be whether he has to go at all. He is, after all, a father, and has responsibilities at home.

The First World War section adds absolutely nothing and captures none of the horror of the battlefield. It's all just tally-ho chaps, almost Hallmark channel-like. Just awful.

Sienna Miller, Robert Pattinson and especially Charlie Hunnam wring what they can from such a sparsely-written script and should be commended for that, which is why this isn't a 1.

Don't be fooled by the title - it's not about a lost city or even a lost man. It's a lazy and pretentious destruction of what could have been a thrilling find.


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