He requests a photographer, and is frustrated when he is sent a young woman to do the job. The cast and characters don't always make full use of the opportunities, but there is enough to make it worth seeing. Overall, though it has some apparent flaws, it's not bad and it has some definite pluses. The story follows a very familiar pattern, yet it opens up some good dramatic possibilities. He continually annoys her with his narrow-minded remarks, yet she takes the pictures he requests of a local fiesta, and later she convinces a plantation owner from the area to be their guide. On the plus side, the settings and the situation are interesting, and they offer a slight change of pace from the usual action film premises. Typically, she solves cases where senior citizens have died alone, leaving no indication of who must handle their estate.
As they begin the trip in search of the archaeologist's goal, he begins to respect the young photographer. The dialogue is too bland to give the actors a lot to work with, and as the lead, Lundigen is believable but one-dimensional. Peggy Castle is attractive enough to make it easy to believe that the two males could make fools of themselves over her, but likewise she and her character remain one-dimensional. As Claire is drawn deeper and more intimately into the dead woman's life, she finds herself taking dangerous chances and pushing personal and professional boundaries. The combination of a love triangle with a hazardous quest is the kind of setup that can make for a fine movie, and this one gets enough out of the setup to be interesting, but it could have been quite a bit better. Written by The location photography in Mexico is a noticeable plus in this adventure feature, which is watchable but just fair overall. The local police have been unable to solve the horrific crime, or even decipher the victim's true identity.
William Lundigen stars as a diligent but rather small-minded archaeologist, who is reluctant to take a female photographer on an important and hazardous trip to a remote part of Mexico. Even with some of the color having faded from the print, the rugged scenery is often well worth seeing just for itself, and the outdoor photography adds considerably to the atmosphere. Armando Silvestre is somewhat more interesting as the guide. Once the expedition is underway, he and the group's guide find themselves rivals for the photographer's attentions, which makes the hazardous situations they face even more difficult. . This time however, Claire is reluctantly drawn into a puzzling murder case.
An archaeologist working in Southern Mexico believes that there are remnants of the ancient Toltec civilization in a remote area. But as both he and their guide become increasingly attracted to her, tensions begin to build, even as they face ever-increasing dangers. . . . .
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