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A New York University professor returns from a rescue mission to the Amazon rainforest with the footage shot by a lost team of documentarians who were making a film about the area's local cannibal tribes.

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Carl Gabriel Yorke ...
Alan Yates (as Gabriel Yorke)
Francesca Ciardi ...
Perry Pirkanen ...
Jack Anders
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Mark Tomaso (as Luca Giorgio Barbareschi)
Salvatore Basile ...
Ricardo Fuentes ...
Felipe Ocaña
Luigina Rocchi ...
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Lucia Costantini ...
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Paolo Paoloni ...
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Lionello Pio Di Savoia ...
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Storyline

A New York anthropologist named Professor Harold Monroe travels to the wild, inhospitable jungles of South America to find out what happened to a documentary film crew that disappeared two months before while filming a documentary about primitive cannibal tribes deep in the rain forest. With the help of two local guides, Professor Monroe encounters two tribes, the Yacumo and the Yanomamo. While under the hospitality of the latter tribe, he finds the remains of the crew and several reels of their undeveloped film. Upon returning to New York City, Professor Monroe views the film in detail, featuring the director Alan Yates, his girlfriend Faye Daniels, and cameramen Jack Anders and Mark Tomaso. After a few days of traveling, the film details how the crew staged all the footage for their documentary by terrorizing and torturing the natives. Despite Monroe's objections, the television studio Pan American still wishes to air the footage as a legitimate documentary. In order to change their... Written by Helltopay27

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The film that can't be shown on television (France re-release) See more »

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Release Date:

19 June 1985 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Ruggero Deodato's Cannibal Holocaust  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$100,000 (estimated)

Gross:

ESP 133,432,635 (Spain) (3 September 1999)
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| (heavily cut) | (animal cruelty-free) | (Québec)

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(RCA Sound System)| (2001 re-release)

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(Eastmancolor)

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The iconic poster image for the film shows a cannibal girl impaled on a stick. In court, Deodato explained that the girl sat on a bicycle seat attached to the pole's base, while holding a small pointed piece of balsa wood in her mouth. Fake blood was added afterward. He commented that the girl was unusually calm, and remained very still during filming. See more »

Goofs

At the very beginning, during the television exclusive on the missing film crew, the group is near a seaplane, introducing their guide. Mark is to the far right, doing maintenance on his camera, which is shut off. When Professor Monroe views the team's film reels, one reel shows the same scene as shot by Mark on his camera. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Reporter: Man is omnipotent; nothing is impossible for him. What seemed like unthinkable undertakings yesterday are history today. The conquest of the moon for example: who talks about it anymore? Today we are already on the threshold of conquering our galaxy, and in a not too distant tomorrow, we'll be considering the conquest of the universe, and yet man seems to ignore the fact that on this very planet there are still people living in the stone age and practicing cannibalism.
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In the opening credits: "For the sake of authenticity, some of the sequences have been retained in their entirety" See more »

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Sympathy for the devil
2 January 2004 | by (Seattle, WA, United States) – See all my reviews

Cannibal Holocaust was, first and foremost, a disgusting movie with more violence than I have ever seen. Despite this, it is also one of my favorite movies. It gives a feeling of Blair Witch done right, even though there are some very obviously contrived scenes in which nobody is holding the camera, but despite some small cosmetic problems this is the best horror movie I have ever seen.

Unlike most "shock" films, such as the Guinea Pig movies, Cannibal Holocaust has a very well written plot and a definite progression. The focus is still on making the audience ill, but we don't even see any violence until fairly late in the movie, so the emphasis on plot is much stronger. The story told is a deep one, showing the lengths at which people will go for some goal, the example given being fame and fortune. The theme is reflected in parallel story lines through the second half of the movie, as Alan and his crew go to more and more desperate lengths for fame, and the professor struggles against a big media company to suppress the release of their footage. Even in a "meta" sense, we see the theme appear once again in the lengths the director of Cannibal Holocaust itself went, going so far as to kill and butcher four animals on camera.


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