The Girl from Rio
Theatrical release poster
GermanDie sieben Männer der Sumuru
Directed byJesús Franco
Screenplay by
Based onSumuru
by Sax Rohmer[1]
Produced byHarry Alan Towers[1]
CinematographyManuel Merino[1]
Edited byAllan Morrison[1]
Music byDaniel J. White[1]
Distributed byConstantin Film (West Germany)[2]
Release date
  • 14 March 1969 (1969-03-14) (West Germany)
Running time
84 minutes
  • Spain
  • West Germany
  • United States[1]

The Girl from Rio (German: Die sieben Männer der Sumuru, lit.'The Seven Men of Sumuru') is a 1969 spy-fi film directed by Jess Franco and starring Shirley Eaton, Richard Wyler, George Sanders and Maria Rohm. Written and produced by Harry Alan Towers, the film follows a tribe of Amazonian women, as, led by their queen, they 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), and is based on Sax Rohmer's Sumuru character. Nevertheless, Sumuru's character is referred to as either "Sumitra" or "Sununda".


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, Sumuru 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]

See also


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Die sieben Männer der Sumuru". Retrieved 29 April 2018.
  2. ^ a b "Die sieben Männer der Sumuru". Filmdienst. Retrieved 15 November 2020.