WriterJohn Lee Mahin, Neil Paterson, Jan de Hartog Release date3 August 1962 ScreenplayJohn Lee Mahin, Neil Paterson CastRock Hudson (Dr. Anton Drager), Burl Ives (Dr. Brits Jansen), Gena Rowlands (Els), Geoffrey Keen (Willem Wattereus) Similar moviesRock Hudson appears in The Spiral Road and A Gathering of Eagles
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The Spiral Road is a 1962 American Eastmancolor adventure drama film directed by Robert Mulligan starring Rock Hudson, Burl Ives, Gena Rowlands and Geoffrey Keen.
Dr. Anton Drager (Rock Hudson) travels to Java to study the effects of leprosy under an expert on the subject, Dr. Brits Jansen (Burl Ives). The two physicians have many of the same views scientifically, but are philosophically a mismatch, because Drager does not share the older Jansen's belief in the One True Triune Living God of the Bible.
After being married with his sweetheart, Els (Gena Rowlands), Drager must trek into the jungle to track down Frolick (Philip Abbott), a drunken river master who is lost. Frolick has been driven mad by a shaman called Burubi (Reggie Nalder). Drager eventually comes across Frolick, but ends up killing him in self-defense.
After rescuing another doctor, in the same region, Anton becomes lost in the wild. He nearly dies and has lapsed into a coma by the time he is rescued. His ordeal comes to change his perceptions and agree more with Jansen on one's need to believe in the sinful nature of humans and to maintain saving faith through the completed redemptive spiritual work of Jesus Christ.
Rock Hudson as Drager
Burl Ives as Jansen
Gena Rowlands as Els
Geoffrey Keen as Wattereus
Neva Patterson as Louise Kramer
Will Kuluva as Dr. Sordjano
Philip Abbott as Frolick
Larry Gates as Dr. Kramer
Karl Swenson as Insp. Bevers
Edgar Stehli as The Sultan
Judy Dan as Laja
Robert F. Simon as Dr. Martens
Ibrahim Pendek as Stegomyia (as Ibrahim Bin Hassan)