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20 March 1980 (Italy) See more »
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A young woman teams up with an adventurer to find her missing sister in the jungles of New Guinea and they stumble upon a religious cult led by a deranged preacher whom has located his commune in an area inhabited by cannibals. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)

Robert Kerman ... Mark Butler

Janet Agren ... Sheila Morris

Ivan Rassimov ... Jonas Melvin
Paola Senatore ... Diana Morris

Me Me Lai ... Mowara
Fiamma Maglione ... Alma (as Mag Fleming)
Franco Fantasia ... Reeves
Franco Coduti ... Karan (as Gianfranco Coduti)
Alfred Joseph Berry
Michele Schmiegelm ... Native Girl

Mel Ferrer ... Professor Carter
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Geoffrey Copleston ... Jonas (voice: English version) (uncredited)
John Gayford ... Pilot (voice: English version) (uncredited)
Gerald Grant ... Creal (uncredited)
Anthony La Penna ... Reeves (voice: English version) (uncredited)
Carlo Longhi ... Dick (uncredited)
Andy Luotto ... Dick (voice: English version) (uncredited)
Steven Luotto ... Santa (voice: English version) (uncredited)
Edward Mannix ... Logan (voice: English version) (uncredited)
Francesco Narducci ... White Guy in New Guinea Hotel (uncredited)
Susan Spafford ... Sheila (voice: English version) (uncredited)
Jake Teague ... Logan (uncredited)
Frank von Kuegelgen ... Creal (voice: English version) (uncredited)

Directed by
Umberto Lenzi 
Writing credits
Umberto Lenzi (story and screenplay)

Produced by
Mino Loy .... producer
Luciano Martino .... producer
Original Music by
Roberto Donati  (as Budy)
Fiamma Maglione  (as Maglione)
Cinematography by
Federico Zanni (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Eugenio Alabiso 
Production Design by
Massimo Antonello Geleng 
Costume Design by
Massimo Antonello Geleng 
Makeup Department
Raul Ranieri .... makeup artist
Production Management
Franco Coduti .... unit manager (as Gianfranco Coduti)
Evi Farinelli .... unit manager
Giovanni Masini .... production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Franco Fantasia .... assistant director (as Francesco Fantasia)
Art Department
Rodolfo Ruzza .... prop man
Sound Department
Massimo Mariani .... sound engineer
Bruno Moreal .... sound mixer
Special Effects by
Paolo Ricci .... special effects
Camera and Electrical Department
Roberto Belli .... chief electrician
Gianni Maddaleni .... camera operator
Francesco Narducci .... still photographer
Mario Pastorini .... assistant camera
Giancarlo Serravalli .... key grip
Editorial Department
Brigida Mastrolillo .... assistant editor
Teresa Negozio .... assistant editor
Location Management
Jusoof Riffai .... locations: Sri Lanka, Sapphire Movies
Zarouk Samoon .... locations assistant: Sri Lanka, Sapphire Movies
H.B. Warnasiri .... locations assistant: Sri Lanka, Sapphire Movies
Robert Warner .... locations: U.S.
Music Department
Carlo Maria Cordio .... conductor (as Carlo Cordio)
Other crew
Franco Galizi .... production secretary

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Mangiati vivi!" - Italy (original title)
"Doomed to Die" - USA
"Eaten Alive by the Cannibals!" - Europe (English title)
"Eaten Alive: Mangiati vivi!" - USA (DVD box title)
"The Emerald Jungle" - USA (video title)
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92 min | UK:85 min (heavily cut)
Aspect Ratio:
1.66 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Argentina:16 | Canada:18+ (Quebec) | Finland:K-18 | Germany:18 | Germany:BPjM Restricted | Hong Kong:III | Ireland:18 (cut UK version) | Italy:VM18 (original rating) | Italy:VM14 (re-rating) (1987) | Netherlands:16 | Norway:(Banned) | Norway:18 (2006) (uncut) | Portugal:M/18 | South Korea:18 | Spain:18 (DVD rating) | Spain:S (original rating) | UK:X (original rating: 1981) (heavily cut) | UK:18 (re-rating) (1987) (heavily cut) | USA:Unrated | West Germany:(Banned)
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Did You Know?

Scenes originally from the movies Sacrifice! (1972) (crocodile being killed with a small knife, and a woman being killed and eaten by cannibals), Jungle Holocaust (1977) (Me Me Lay's death sequence), and Slave of the Cannibal God (1978) (castration scene, footage of a snake eating a monkey, and a man being pulled into the water by a crocodile), were edited into this movie.See more »
Revealing mistakes: Obvious stunt double when Butler is fighting Karan.See more »
Jonas Melvyn:Their idea of lunch is fresh, hot entrails soaked in blood.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Adjust Your Tracking (2013)See more »
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12 out of 19 people found the following review useful.
Survival of the Fittest, 21 December 2004
Author: Coventry from the Draconian Swamp of Unholy Souls

Eaten Alive (by the cannibals) is the least known of the three major Italian gut-munching cannibal movies, the other two being Rugero Deodato's "Cannibal Holocaust" and Lenzi's own "Cannibal Ferox". I use the words 'least famous' carefully because this film is still highly popular among cult collectors and a definite must see for exploitation fanatics. Even though Cannibal Ferox is more notorious, it's actually Eaten Alive that tells the most intriguing story! The feared cannibals of the New Guinean jungle are secondary to the story of a mad purification sect, of which the leader – Jonas – holds a wealthy American girl captive. Her younger sister goes on an expedition to rescue her, accompanied by a nihilist desperado who deserted during the Vietnam War. Eaten Alive (by the Cannibals) features loads of nudity, repulsive gore and inhuman cruelty and it is, of course, better not viewed by the faint-hearted and/or easily offended people. Even those with the strongest stomachs will have a hard time sitting through some of the nauseating sickness featuring! I can only say: Well done Mr. Lenzi!! But, if you do love this type of extraordinary film-making, you'll be impressed by the beauty and style Umberto Lenzi brings to the screen. The anthropology aspects as well as the stunning locations and images of wildlife are some of the most intriguing shots ever featuring in controversial cinema land. And then of course, there's the score! These films are actually worth watching for the music alone. The mesmerizing tunes that guide this atmospheric jungle adventure are almost too beautiful for words. Ignorant opponents of the horror genre will most likely disagree but I think "Eaten Alive" is essential viewing for the fans of extreme shock-cinema. Just make sure you watch a fully uncut version.

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