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Cannibal Apocalypse (1980)

Apocalypse domani (original title)
Giovanni Lambardo Radice and John Saxon are Vietman vets that bring back contagious virus that turn people into cannibals when bitten.

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Elizabeth Turner ...
Jane Hopper
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Charlie Bukowski (as John Morghen)
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Mary (as Cindy Hamilton)
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Wallace Wilkinson ...
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Dr. Phil Mendez (as Ray Williams)
John Geroson ...
Policeman
May Heatherly ...
Nurse Helen
Ronnie Sanders ...
Orderly
Vic Perkins ...
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Jere Beery ...
Biker Leader
Joan Riordan ...
Aunt Tina
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Brunette Jogger
Lonnie R. Smith Jr. ...
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It starts off in Vietnam where John Saxon gets bitten by P.O.W. John Morghen who has been infected with some sort of cannibal virus. A few decades later in Atlanta, Georgia, Saxon wakes up from a nightmare flashback of what actually happened back in 'Nam. Saxon then receives a call from Morghen asking him if he wants to go out for a drink but Saxon refuses remembering the incident in 'Nam. Morghen has turned into a cannibal and is soon on the run after biting into a woman's neck. He barricades himself in a department store and shoots some folks with a shotgun. The cannibal virus spreads and soon Saxon joins veterans Morghen and Tony King along with some others to wreak some havoc. Written by Sujit R. Varma

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POW's in Vietnam...starved in captivity...released with a taste for human flesh. See more »


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The film watched by Bukowski on the cinema is From Hell to Victory (1979) which starred May Heatherly, who plays the role of the infected nurse Helen. See more »

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Before Dr. Morris can help Nurse Helen after she is bitten by Tommy he has to open the security door with the key in the control panel, the door opens before he has tuned the key. See more »

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[first lines]
Norman Hopper: Get away from it you asshole... get away take cover
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The genius of sheer stupidity? Or not stupid enough?
5 December 2001 | by (Perth, Australia) – See all my reviews

John Saxon has spoken out against this movie many times and seems ashamed for having been involved in it. The way he goes on about it you would think that he was tricked into making an exploitation movie via some kinda 'Caligula'-esque ruse. But all I can say is a)just look at Saxon's career. I love the guy but c'mon, 'Queen Of Blood', 'Enter The Dragon', 'Mitchell', 'The Bees' and 'Battle Beyond The Stars' aren't exactly Jean Luc Godard, know what I'm saying? And b) I think if you sign up for a movie that involves Vietnam vets infected with a "cannibal virus" you kinda KNOW what you're getting in for, don't you think?

'Cannibal Apocalypse' attempts to cash in on both the 70s Italian cannibal cycle started by Deodato, and the the success of 'The Deerhunter' and 'Apocalypse Now'. It is absolutely stupid in concept, above average in execution, and isn't totally successful because of its timidity in showing disturbing in your face gore. I like the way Saxon and most of the others play the ludicrous material with a straight face, but unfortunately there are too many dull sections and not enough cannibalism! The movie begins well enough in the all too brief Vietnam sequence, but never lives up to the promise shown in the first ten minutes. It's quickly downhill all the way after that, only rescued by one or two blackly humorous scenes. What you end up with is a half-baked Romero rip-off. I say go straight to 'Dawn Of The Dead' or 'The Crazies'.


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