Sheena (1984)

Genres - Action, Fantasy  |   Sub-Genres - Jungle Film  |   Release Date - Aug 17, 1984 (USA - Unknown)  |   Run Time - 120 min.  |   Countries - UK, USA  |   MPAA Rating - PG
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Based on the famous comic strip, Sheena chronicles the adventures of the title character (Tanya Roberts), a fair-skinned orphan taken in by a kindly Zambouli priestess (Elizabeth of Toro, a real-life African queen) in a remote African village and trained in the ancient arts of makeup and hairstyling. When American newsmen Fletcher (Donovan Scott) and Vic (Ted Wass) travel to her homeland to cover a story on Prince Otwani (Trevor Thomas), they uncover his plot to assassinate his brother, the reigning prince (a renowned field-goal kicker), and frame the priestess for the crime. Sheena joins forces with the newsmen to stop him and restore order to the country. Although Roberts looks great in a loincloth, her assets alone cannot save this turkey; one wonders where the jungle princess manages to plug in her blow-dryer. This ridiculous film was panned across the board upon its release and subsequently bombed.

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bad-guy, child, frame-up, good-guy, journalism, lost, prophecy, rescue, Shamanism, Superhero, tyrant