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Massimo De Rita (screenplay)
Luigi Angelo (collaboration on screenplay)
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Release Date:
14 February 1980 (Italy) See more »
Low-budget film about a young man given a mystical medallion by an Aztec shaman, in order to become... See more » | Add synopsis »
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You will believe a puma can fly.... See more (95 total) »


  (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)
Walter George Alton ... Prof. Tony Farms / Puma Man

Donald Pleasence ... Kobras (as Donald Pleasance)
Miguel Ángel Fuentes ... Vadinho (as Miguel Angel Fuentes)

Sydne Rome ... Miss Jane Dobson
Silvano Tranquilli ... Ambassador Dobson
Benito Stefanelli ... Rankin, Kobras' Lieutenant
Guido Lollobrigida ... Kobras Thug with Moustache
Peter Cellier ... Museum Curator
Geoffrey Copleston ... Sir George Bradley (as Jeffrey Coppleston)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Omero Capanna ... Kobras Man (uncredited)
Giovanni Cianfriglia ... Thug (uncredited)
Edward Mannix ... Rankin (voice: English version) (uncredited)
Nello Pazzafini ... Hitman (uncredited)
Angelo Ragusa ... Thug (uncredited)
Marco Stefanelli ... Kobras Thug (uncredited)
Franco Ukmar ... Kobras Man (uncredited)

Directed by
Alberto De Martino 
Writing credits
Massimo De Rita (screenplay)

Luigi Angelo (collaboration on screenplay)

Alberto De Martino (story)

Original Music by
Renato Serio 
Cinematography by
Mario Vulpiani 
Film Editing by
Vincenzo Tomassi 
Production Design by
Antonio Visone 
Costume Design by
Mario Giorsi 
Makeup Department
Sergio Gennari .... key hair stylist
Stefano Trani .... chief makeup
Production Management
Giuseppe Auriemma .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Claudio Marson .... second assistant director
Joe Pollini .... first assistant director
Sound Department
Roberto Alberghini .... sound engineer
Michael Billingsley .... sound editor
Fernando Caso .... special sound effects
Gianni D'Amico .... sound mixing engineer
Alvaro Gramigna .... special sound effects
Mario Morigi .... sound recordist
Special Effects by
Mauro Grilli .... special effects
Visual Effects by
Mario Bernardo .... special optical effects
Ermando Biamonte .... traveling mattes
Camera and Electrical Department
Emilio Lari .... set photographer
Maurizio Maggi .... camera operator
Filippo Neroni .... focus puller
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Luciana Mancini .... wardrobe
Editorial Department
Giancarlo Tiburzi .... assistant editor
Pietro Tomassi .... assistant editor
Music Department
Renato Serio .... conductor
Other crew
Gioia Donati .... script girl
Georgio Ferrari .... spaceship realizer
Otello Tomassini .... production accountant
Crew believed to be complete

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"L'uomo puma" - Italy (original title)
"Pumaman" - USA (alternative title)
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90 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:

Did You Know?

The film was released in Spain in Sevilla (April/81). Later, was released in Madrid (July/81) and other provinces.See more »
Revealing mistakes: When Puma Man and Kobras are fighting inside the castle, the shot of Puma Man smashing through the wall begins early enough that you can clearly see the hole in the wall has been cut for him, notably the "stone" cut perfectly around his head. He was obviously set up with his head through the wall (like a clown cut-out at the beach) and cued to walk through the flimsy cardboard, because no debris falls before the shot.See more »
Vadinho:Each man is a God. Each man is free.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Sky High (2005)See more »
L'Uomo Puma (Puma Man Theme)See more »


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19 out of 22 people found the following review useful.
You will believe a puma can fly...., 26 February 2001
Author: Mister-6 from United States

Puma Man - who is he? Why is he here? Where did he come from? Why is he a manic-depressive?

All of these questions - or at least most - can be answered by watching "L'uomo puma" (or "Puma Man", as I know it). Made (solely) to cash in on the "Superman" craze, this comes in at just barely more tolerable than "The Indian Superman" (never seen that one? Check out "Stomp Tokyo").

Seems Aztec priest Vadinho ("an onion?") is throwing guys out of high-rise windows all over London to see which one is a super hero. Well, if there's no better way to find out.... Then he comes upon college professor Tony Farms (Alton, whom you probably haven't seen since those old "dry look" commercials), who survives a three-story fall quite nicely. Vadinho then bestows a magic belt on him that grants Tony the heroic powers of a puma.

Okay...stop there. Comparison time. Tony jumps, pumas jump. Tony claws things, pumas claw things. Tony flies, pumas.... Aah, there, SEE? Of course, if a puma was going through the air, it would probably flail its limbs all around and have its butt up the air, too.

Anyway, Tony's first assignment: stop the evil Kobras (Pleasance!!) from taking over the world by staring at people through an aluminum foil mask and controlling their minds with papier-mache mock-ups of their heads (poor representations, too), and while wearing leather S&M suits or silver nehru jackets. Oh Donald, what were you thinking? "Paycheck", no doubt.

Everything here suggests the film-makers were trying to attain the lofty heights of "Superman"; but this group doesn't even get close to "Super Mario Brothers" territory.

Love the disco soundtrack, though, as well as the special FX (no more special than back projection technology) and that perplexed look Donald Pleasance has on his face throughout the film. Maybe he was expecting Steve McQueen to drop by and help him escape?

At any rate, MST3K is the safest, least harmful way to witness the disaster that is "Puma Man". For certain, Mike and the robots supply the best dialogue (favorite - "Couldn't control me bladder - sorry, mate!")

Three stars for "L'uomo puma" (for sheer joy in its stupidity), and ten stars for the MST3K version.

Catch it, just to see what puts the "poo" in "Puma Man".

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