The Girl from Rio

The Girl from Rio is a 1969 spy-fi film directed by Jess Franco and starring Shirley Eaton, Richard Wyler and George Sanders. Written and produced by Harry Alan Towers,[2] the film follows a tribe of Amazonian women, led by their queen, attack wealthy men as part of a long-term plan to take over the world. A co-production between West Germany, Spain and the United States, the film is a sequel to The Million Eyes of Sumuru (1967). It is based on Sax Rohmer's Sumuru character.

The Girl from Rio
Theatrical release poster
Directed byJesús Franco
Produced byHarry Alan Towers
Screenplay by
  • Harry Alan Towers
  • Franz Eichhorn
  • Bruno Leder[1]
Music byDaniel J. White[1]
CinematographyManuel Merino[1]
Edited by
  • Alan Morrison
  • Uncredited:
  • Ángel Serrano
  • Karin Vietinghoff
  • Ada Films
  • Terra-Filmkunst GmbH
  • Udastex Films Inc.[1]
Release date
  • 14 March 1969 (1969-03-14) (West Germany)
  • 5 February 1973 (1973-02-05) (Madrid)
Running time
94 minutes
  • West Germany
  • Spain
  • United States


Secret agent Jeff Sutton arrives in Rio with $10 million and finds himself embroiled in a war between Sir Masius, a British mobster, and the megalomaniacal Sumuru. From her secret city, "Femina", Sumuru assembles an army of women with which she will conquer the world. Masius, hoping to find Femina and steal Sumuru's riches, tries to use Sutton as his pawn. Ultimately, Sutton leads a squadron of helicopters on an attack on Femina. Knowing that she is beaten, she chooses to destroy Femina rather than let Masius have its wealth. Sutton barely makes it out of Femina before it self-destructs, presumably killing both Sumuru and Masius. Nevertheless, the film concludes with Sumuru aboard a ship leaving Rio, joined by a group of women who are apparently her followers.



The Girl from Rio was released in West Germany on March 14, 1969.[1]

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