The End of the River

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The End of the River
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Original British quad poster
Directed by Derek Twist
Written by Wolfgang Wilhelm
Based onnovel Death of a Common Man by Desmond Holdridge
Produced by Michael Powell
Emeric Pressburger
Starring Sabu
Bibi Ferreira
Esmond Knight
Robert Douglas
Orlando Martins
Cinematography Christopher G. Challis
Edited byBrereton Porter
Music by Lambert Williamson
Distributed by General Film Distributors
Release date
  • 1 December 1947 (1947-12-01)(UK)
Running time
83 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom
Budget£217,400 [1]
Box office£139,400 [1]

The End of the River is a British drama film made in Belém, Brazil about a Brazilian Indian boy who leaves the jungle to the city, where he is accused of murder. [2] It was directed by Derek Twist and written by Wolfgang Wilhelm, based on a novel by Desmond Holdridge. The film stars Sabu and Bibi Ferreira. [3]


The film was produced by Powell & Pressburger, the famous filmmaking duo known as "The Archers". [4] It was filmed mainly on location, along the upper sections of the Amazon River. [5]


Box Office

The film earned £69,600 in producer's receipts in the UK and £69,800 overseas. [1]

Critical reception

The Radio Times described the film as "A curio," and concluded, "Despite a good cast and the Brazilian locations, the results are both confusing and disappointing"; [6] and TV Guide similarly found "A confusing, mediocre film shot in Brazil, with little to recommend it to audiences elsewhere"; [7] whereas Britmovie found more to admire, and wrote, "Sabu is well suited for the role with his Indian good looks. He executes a credible performance...Bibi Ferreira is stunningly beautiful as his love interest...Esmond Knight, Orlando Martins, Robert Douglas, and Torin Thatcher all turn in solid performances...Even though parts of the story remain weak, the scenery definitely makes up for it. Christopher Challis is the cinematographer and he successfully portrays the life of the natives in the lush subtropical forests in Brazil." [8]

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