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The Fiend of Dope Island (1960)

Not Rated | | Adventure, Crime, Drama | 25 November 1960 (USA)


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Cast overview:
Bruce Bennett ... Charlie Davis
Robert Bray ... David
Tania Velia ... Glory La Verne
Ralph A. Rodriguez Ralph A. Rodriguez ... Naru (as Ralphie Rodriguez)
Milton Steifel Milton Steifel ... Doc
Miguel Ángel Álvarez Miguel Ángel Álvarez ... Captain Fred
Edmundo Rivera Álvarez Edmundo Rivera Álvarez ... Paco
Molly Odell Molly Odell ... Mahla
Yvonne Peck Yvonne Peck ... Alma
Ruth Fernández Ruth Fernández ... Tula
Tito Enríquez Tito Enríquez ... Carlos
Eddie Ortiz Eddie Ortiz
Baby Gonzalez Baby Gonzalez
Russel Torres Russel Torres ... (as Russell Torres)
Amos Rivera Amos Rivera


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Adventure | Crime | Drama


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Release Date:

25 November 1960 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Whiplash See more »

Filming Locations:

Florida Keys, Florida, USA

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1.37 : 1
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Fun Action Picture with Insane Lead Performance
4 September 2016 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

The Fiend of Dope Island (1961)

** (out of 4)

Charlie Davis (Bruce Bennett) is a psychotic man who owns an island in the Carabean where he whips and treats everyone there like slaves. One day a boat comes by and a beautiful dancer is on board and Charlie sets his attention to her, which causes a mutiny.

THE FIEND OF DOPE ISLAND is a pretty bad movie if you want to be a snob and look at it as something it's not. If you're wanting a good looking, Oscar-winning film then this here certainly isn't going to be for you. The movie is actually very fast-paced and I'd argue that it's got a good bit of entertainment to be had from it.

The highlight is without question the insane and over-the-top performance of Bennett. I'm going to say he probably watched several Bela Lugosi movies when he was younger and perhaps he realized that everything about the movie was bad so he hammed it up for some entertainment. It's his nutty performance that makes the film worth watching and it was really fun seeing and hearing his insane laughing and non-stop rants. Tania Velia does a nice job in her role of the eye candy dancer.

The film has many campy moments throughout but there's no question that it's one of the more outrageous and over-the-top adventure movies out there. The "dope" connection isn't played up as much as one would have hoped but this is still a fun little movie as long as you don't take it too serious.

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