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When Liana was still a child, her father, missionary in Africa, discovered
the secret city of the amazons, & under it, a vast goldmine. But the
amazons are rather keen on keeping the secret city a secret & their gold
theirs, so they shoot the missionary & his wife. Liana is forced to grow up
on her own, with the (obligatory) jungle animals.
Years later, Liana is a
woman now (& played by Analia Ivars), wearing nothing but a loincloth &
a threesome of foxtails around her neck to cover (or more often not cover) her
breasts, when father John (Oliver Mathot) stops by to tell her a few things
about the murder of her parents ... & Liana of course knows nothing better
to do than to swear revenge. Soon she sets out to find the secret city,
accompanied by bumbling witch doctor KouKou (Stanley Kapoul), & soon they
are also joined by a trio of explorers, Harvey & Bella & their guide
Bob (Antonio Mayans), who soon becomes Liana's love interest.
enough find an even more secret entrance to the secret city alright, but fail
to notice this entrance is protected by narcotic gasses until it is pretty much
too late, & they are taken prisoner by the amazons. Their leader Uruck
cares little for his prisoners & soon enough sentences them to torture
& death ... except for Liana whom he has laid his eyes on & now wants
to make her his favourite concubine ... much to the dismay of Reena (Francoise
Blanchard), his current favourite concubine ... & just to be a fair enough
ruler, he sets up a fight between Reena & Liana "until the first blood
is spillt", to decide over whom to bed next. But to break Liana's spirit,
he locks her away with her friends whom Uruck has brutally tortured. The next
day though, Liana's spirit seems far from broken & she wrestles down Reena
... & as a reward is raped by Uruck.
But being all horny, Uruck seems to
have forgotten to disarm Liana ... so she after the act pulls the knife she
brought & stabs him. Trying to escape though, Liana is stopped short by an
arrow shot by Reena, who has taken over from Uruck way too soon & she once
again throws her into a cell with her friends, then tortures Harvey & Bella
to death. With the help of Liana's ape friend though, Liana, KouKou & Bob
have since managed to escape & free the amazons' other prisoners &
slaves in the goldmines, then they start a revolt, kill Reena & make it out
of the city, where KouKou's native tribe is already waiting to prevent the
amazons from doing any more evil ...
& in the end, Bob agrees to stay
with Liana in the jungle, & they both ride off on an elefant.
the 1960's & early 70's, director Jess Franco was responsible for a bunch
of highly creative, stylish & original (& generally underrated) horror-
& sex-movies, by the mid-80's however he was reduced to directing
underbudgeted genre-fodder for the dwindling grindhouse cinema- & rising
video-market, which were mostly genre-pictures made along some rigid formula
that wouldn't allow any kind of personal input. In that respect, Golden
Temple Amazons is one of Jess Franco's better pictures from that era since
the jungle girl-genre has less rigid rules to adhere to, allowing Franco to
infuse the story with all kinds of genre-clichés in a tongue-in-cheek way,
quite naturally makes it possible to have a few erotic scenes in a non-erotic
picture, & the filming in a safari-park (in Spain) made it possible to
include at least some authentic wild animals in the film.
So in all, the film
turns out to be very stupid entertainment, which one just must not take
seriously. Franco's other jungle girl film from roughly that period, Diamonds
of the Kilimandjaro (which incidently shares many actors withthis one),
is even funnier though.
By the way, Golden Temple Amazons is often
confused with another Jess Franco film, Maciste contre la Reine des Amazones/The
Lustful Amazons from 1973, just because of a similar title, up to a point
where a 2004 release of Golden Temple Amazons by Media
Blasters/Shriek Show featured the credits to that film on its cover.