Jungle Raiders (1985 film)

Jungle Raiders (Italian: La leggenda del rubino malese, lit. 'Legend of the Blonde Malaysian') is a 1985 adventure film directed by Antonio Margheriti.[1][2] The film stars Christopher Connelly and Lee Van Cleef.[2]

Jungle Raiders
Directed byAntonio Margheriti
Screenplay byGiovanni Simonelli[1]
Story byGiovanni Simonelli[1]
Music byCarl Taormina[1]
CinematographyGuglielmo Mancori[1]
Edited byAlberto Moriani[1]
Distributed by20th Century Fox[1]
Release date


Captain Yankee (Christopher Connelly) and his friend make a living by selling fake adventure dreams to rich foreigners. With the help of some natives they let their rich clients think to have lived fantastic adventures. One day a Colombian museum director arrives to search for a fabulous "ruby of doom" and Captain Yankee is black mailed into accepting the task.



Jungle Raiders was released in 1985.[3]


In a retrospective review, Jeremy Wheeler (AllMovie) stated described the film as "Raiders of the Lost Ark rip-off that did its homework" noting that it directly stole dialogue and scenes from the film including the snake pit scene and a kidnapping in an open market with laundry baskets. The review concluded to not "expect much else from this cheap Italian knock-off."[2]


  1. "La leggenda del rubino malese (1985)". Archiviodelcinemaitaliano.it (in Italian). Retrieved April 4, 2019.
  2. Wheeler, Jeremy. "Hunters of the Golden Cobra (1984)". AllMovie.
  3. Curti 2019, p. 103.


  • Curti, Roberto (2019). Italian Gothic Horror Films, 1980-1989. McFarland. ISBN 1476672431.
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