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Cannibal Holocaust (1980)

Unrated  |   |  Adventure, Horror  |  19 June 1985 (USA)
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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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Mark Tomaso (as Luca Giorgio Barbareschi)
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Alan Yates (as Gabriel Yorke)
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Lucia Costantini ...
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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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Also Known As:

Ruggero Deodato's Cannibal Holocaust  »

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Budget:

$100,000 (estimated)

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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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Trivia

A final subtitle at the end of the film states "Projectionist John K. Kirov was given a two-month suspended jail sentence and fined $10,000 for illegal appropriation of film material. We know that he received $250,000 for that same footage." is a reference to a distributor who screened the real cannibal footage that Ruggero Deodato based the film on. See more »

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The "muskrat" Miguel kills is actually a coatimundi, closely related to the raccoon. See more »

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[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 end credits: "Projectionist John K. Kirov was given a two-month suspended sentence and fined $10,000 for illegal appropriation of film material. We know that he recieved $250,000 for the same footage." See more »

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Complete and Utter Trash Would Be a Compliment
1 May 2007 | by (long island, new york) – See all my reviews

Cannibal Holocaust is garbage at its absolute worst.

First off, this film is commonly referred to as "disturbing." Truly, the only two things truly disturbing about this flick are the animal killings, and the appalling atrocious acting, directing and writing. First, there was absolutely no need to have actors kill real animals. This is hack work (both literally and figuratively) at its absolute worst, at the sacrifice of defenseless beasts. Watching a turtle get decapitated and eviscerated does not fall into the category of enjoyable viewing for me.

As for everything else in this film, what a crude, barbaric, amateurish attempt at film-making. People talk about the special effects as being so convincing. I was so convinced, in fact, when I saw the cannibals blatantly miss stabbing the girl with their spears that I would have laughed, had I not been so awestruck by just how pathetic this movie is. And why oh why are these "documentarians" out to destroy villages, kill innocent villagers and rape women? Aren't documentary makers supposed to avoid interacting in the fates of their subjects? The four filmmakers were so obnoxious and downright cruel and evil, that I actually enjoyed when the cannibals killed and ate them.

Deodato's masterwork is a cheapjack con job which in the hands of a talented director could have been disturbing. I'm only disturbed that I took 1 hour and 37 minutes to watch this atrocious garbage when I could have been saving a turtle.


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