Adventure film

Adventure films are a genre of film that typically use their action scenes to display and explore exotic locations in an energetic way.


Subgenres of adventure films include swashbuckler films, survival films, superhero films and pirate films. Main plot elements include quests for lost continents and exotic setting; the creation of empires, characters embarking on treasure and heroic journeys, travels, explorations, quests and searches for the unknown usually also having to overcome an adversary. Adventure films are often set in a period background and may include adapted stories of historical or fictional adventure heroes within the historical context. Kings, battles, rebellion or piracy are commonly seen.[1] Adventure films may also be combined with other movie genres such as action, animation, comedy, drama, fantasy, science fiction, family, horror or war.


Adventure film popularity peaked in the 1930s and 1940s, when films such as Captain Blood, The Adventures of Robin Hood and The Mark of Zorro were regularly made with major stars, notably Errol Flynn and Tyrone Power, who were closely associated with the genre. Saturday morning serials used many of the same thematic elements as high-budget adventure films.

In the early days of adventure films, the protagonists were mainly male. These heroes were courageous, often fighting suppression and facing tyrants. Recent adventure films have featured heroines, such as Princess Leia and Lara Croft, as protagonists.[1]

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Adventure films can contain stock characters and stereotypes. In some cases, this has been accused of going as far as implicit racism; claimed examples of this are Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, First Blood and James Bond "kicking third-world people around" in Dr. No.[2][3]

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  1. ^ a b "Adventure Films". Retrieved 2017-05-29.
  2. ^ Dancyger, Ken; Rush, Jeff (2013). Alternative Scriptwriting: Successfully Breaking the Rules (4th ed.). New York: Focal Press. p. 91. ISBN 9780240808499. Stereotypes abound in the adventure genre. Examples range from the mad scientist in Dr. No to the mindless thugs in Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom. The racism implicit in the latter film and films such as First Blood are by-products of the stereotyping rampant in the adventure genre.
  3. ^ Pynchon, Thomas (2012). Slow Learner. Boston: Little, Brown and Company. ISBN 1101594616. Modern readers will be, at least, put off by an unacceptable level of racist, sexist and proto-Fascist talk throughout this story [written in the 1950s]. I wish I could say that this is only Pig Bodine's voice, but, sad to say, it was also my own at the time. The best I can say for it now is that, for its time, it is probably authentic enough. John Kennedy's role model James Bond was about to make his name by kicking third-world people around, another extension of the boy's adventure tales a lot of us grew up reading. There had prevailed for a while a set of assumptions and distinctions, unvoiced and unquestioned, best captured years later in the '70's television character Archie Bunker.

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Action film

Action film is a film genre in which the protagonist or protagonists are thrust into a series of challenges that typically include violence, extended fighting, physical feats, and frantic chases. Action films tend to feature a resourceful hero struggling against incredible odds, which include life-threatening situations, a villain, or a pursuit which usually concludes in victory for the hero (though a small number of films in this genre have ended in victory for the villain instead). Advancements in CGI have made it cheaper and easier to create action sequences and other visual effects that required the efforts of professional stunt crews in the past. However, reactions to action films containing significant amounts of CGI have been mixed, as films that use computer animations to create unrealistic, highly unbelievable events are often met with criticism. While action has long been a recurring component in films, the "action film" genre began to develop in the 1970s along with the increase of stunts and special effects. Common action scenes in films are generally, but not limited to, car chases, fighting and gunplay or shootouts.

This genre is closely associated with the thriller and adventure genres, and they may also contain elements of drama and spy fiction.

Coast of Skeletons

Coast of Skeletons is a 1965 British-South African adventure film, directed by Robert Lynn and starring Richard Todd and Dale Robertson. It is a sequel to the 1963 film Death Drums Along the River, and just as that film, it uses the characters from Edgar Wallace's 1911 novel Sanders of the River and Zoltán Korda's 1935 film based on the novel, but placed in a totally different story. Coast of Skeletons was released in Germany as Sanders und das Schiff des Todes/ Sanders and the Ship of Death.

Hurricane Island

Hurricane Island is a 1951 American Supercinecolor adventure film directed by Lew Landers and starring Jon Hall.

Lady in the Iron Mask

Lady in the Iron Mask is a 1952 film directed by Ralph Murphy, produced by Walter Wanger and starring Louis Hayward as D'Artagnan and Patricia Medina in the titular role. Alan Hale, Jr. portrays Porthos, Judd Holdren plays Aramis, and Steve Brodie appears as Athos in this Three Musketeers adventure film, a reworking of Douglas Fairbanks' 1929 screen epic The Iron Mask, an adaptation of the last section of the novel The Vicomte de Bragelonne by Alexandre Dumas, père, which is itself based on the French legend of the Man in the Iron Mask.

Louis Hayward had played the dual role of the imprisoned prince and his twin in the 1939 version The Man in the Iron Mask while Alan Hale, Sr. portrayed Porthos, and in what may have been an instance of stunt casting, the same part was subsequently played by his lookalike son Alan Hale, Jr. in Lady in the Iron Mask thirteen years later.

National Film Award for Best Exploration/Adventure Film

The National Film Award for Best Exploration/Adventure Film is one of the National Film Awards presented annually by the Directorate of Film Festivals, the organisation set up by Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, India. It is one of several awards presented for non-feature films and awarded with Rajat Kamal (Silver Lotus).

The award was instituted in 1984, at 32nd National Film Awards and awarded annually for films produced in the year across the country, in all Indian languages. Award is also be given as National Film Award for Best Exploration/Adventure Film (including sports).

Prisoners of the Casbah

Prisoners of the Casbah is a 1953 American adventure film directed by Richard L. Bare and starring Gloria Grahame, Cesar Romero and Turhan Bey.The film's art direction was by Paul Palmentola.

Saturn Award for Best Action or Adventure Film

The Saturn Award for Best Action or Adventure Film (formerly Saturn Award for Best Action, Adventure or Thriller Film from 1994 to 2010) is an award presented to the best film in the action, adventure or thriller genres by the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films.

Tarzan's Deadly Silence

Tarzan's Deadly Silence is a 1970 adventure film composed of an edited two-part television episode of Tarzan released as a feature. It stars Ron Ely as Tarzan. Former Tarzan actor Jock Mahoney and Woody Strode (a veteran of two previous Tarzan films) co-star. The film was produced by Sy Weintraub and Leon Benson, written by Lee Erwin, Jack H. Robinson, John Considine, and Tim Considine (based on the character created by Edgar Rice Burroughs) and directed by Robert L. Friend.

Tarzan's Secret Treasure

Tarzan's Secret Treasure is a 1941 Tarzan film directed by Richard Thorpe. Based on the character created by Edgar Rice Burroughs, it is the fifth in the MGM Tarzan series to star Johnny Weissmuller and Maureen O'Sullivan. Original prints of the film were processed in sepiatone.The next film in the series would be Tarzan's New York Adventure (1942), the last in the series to feature Maureen O'Sullivan, and the last before the series moved to RKO.

Tarzan and the Trappers

Tarzan and the Trappers is a 1958 action adventure film featuring Edgar Rice Burroughs' famous jungle hero Tarzan and starring Gordon Scott, Eve Brent, Rickie Sorensen and Lesley Bradley. It was filmed as three pilot episodes for a television series which were edited into a feature film when the project was abandoned, and so was released in black and white rather than color, like other contemporary Tarzan films. The film did finally appear on television, but only in 1966. It was shot in Chatsworth, California.

The Big Gamble (1961 film)

The Big Gamble is a 1961 adventure film directed by Richard Fleischer. It stars Stephen Boyd.

The Call of the Savage

The Call of the Savage (1935) is a Universal serial based on the story Jan of the Jungle by Otis Adelbert Kline. It was directed by Lew Landers and released by Universal Pictures.

The Lighthouse by the Sea

The Lighthouse by the Sea is a 1924 American silent adventure film produced by and distributed by Warner Bros. The film's star is canine sensation Rin Tin Tin, the most famous animal actor of the 1920s. The film was directed by Malcolm St. Clair.

The film survives today. It was transferred onto 16mm film by Associated Artists Productions in the 1950s and shown on television. There is a print in the Library of Congress and in several private collections.

For her 13th Birthday, Anne Frank the Jewish diarist watched this film from a rented reel with an early projection machine along with her friends who thoroughly enjoyed it. Anne was a big fan of Rin Tin Tin and mentioned this film in her diary.

The Little Adventuress

The Little Adventuress is a 1938 American adventure film directed by D. Ross Lederman.

The Men of Sherwood Forest

The Men of Sherwood Forest is a 1954 British adventure film directed by Val Guest and starring Don Taylor, Reginald Beckwith, Eileen Moore and David King-Wood. The film follows the exploits of Robin Hood and his followers. Doreen Carwithen wrote the score for the film.

The Poseidon Adventure

The Poseidon Adventure may refer to:

The Poseidon Adventure (novel), an American adventure novel by Paul Gallico, published in 1969

The Poseidon Adventure (1972 film), a film adaptation of the novel, directed by Ronald Neame and Irwin Allen

Beyond the Poseidon Adventure (1979), sequel to The Poseidon Adventure, directed by Irwin Allen

The Poseidon Adventure (2005 film), directed by John Putch

Poseidon (film), a 2006 adaptation of the novel and remake of the 1972 film, directed by Wolfgang Petersen

The Saracen Blade (film)

The Saracen Blade is a 1954 Technicolor adventure film directed by William Castle and starring Ricardo Montalban.

The Three Little Stooges

The Three Little Stooges is an upcoming American action comedy film based on the iconic comedy team The Three Stooges. The film is a somewhat of a prequel to the 2012 film The Three Stooges.

Tom Sawyer

Thomas Sawyer () is the title character of the Mark Twain novel The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1876). He appears in three other novels by Twain: Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1884), Tom Sawyer Abroad (1894), and Tom Sawyer, Detective (1896).

Sawyer also appears in at least three unfinished Twain works, Huck and Tom Among the Indians, Schoolhouse Hill and Tom Sawyer's Conspiracy. While all three uncompleted works were posthumously published, only Tom Sawyer's Conspiracy has a complete plot, as Twain abandoned the other two works after finishing only a few chapters.

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