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The Fifth Monkey Details


Ben Kingsley headlines this thoughtful adventure that was filmed on location in Brazil. The story centers on Cunda, a poor hunter who makes his meager living killing snakes. One day, he runs across four chimpanzees. The hunter is elated, for he hopes that selling them in the Big City will net him enough money to pay the dowry of his beloved Maria, a widow who lives in his village. His journey is long and arduous. At one point he ends up forced to work in a remote mining camp; at another he gets captured by military slavers. He and a beautiful Indian girl manage to escape from the latter and with the chimps make it to the city. But things don't go well there. More adventures ensue, and with each one, Cunda ponders humankind's true place in the natural world. ~ Sandra Brennan, Rovi

  • Release date:October 5, 1990


Ben Kingsley
as Cunda
Mika Lins
as Octavia
Vera Fischer
as Mrs. Watts
Sylvia de Carvalho
as Maria
Carlos Kroeber
as Mr. Garcia
Julio Levy
as Lawyer
Rinaldo Rinaldi
as Mr. Watts
Paulo Vinicius
as Mario
Breno Moroni
as Bartender
Milton Goncalves
as Judge
Katia Bronstein
as Mrs. Tramp
Gilson Moura
as Guard at the jail
Rui Polanah
as Marcos
Ariel Coelho
as Pastor
Brooks Williams
as Dr. Howard
Antonio Pitanga
as Drunk at the Party
Tonico Pereira
as Second Man
Tania Boscoli
as Widow
Aloisio Flores
as Prisoner


Eric Rochat
Menahem Golan
Fabio Barreto
Eric Rochat
Jacques Zibi
Book Author
Gideon Porath
Alain Jakubowicz
Pedro Nanni
Art Director
Avram Berman
Associate Producer