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Director:
Writers:
Massimo De Rita (screenplay)
Luigi Angelo (collaboration on screenplay)
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Release Date:
14 February 1980 (Italy) See more »
Plot:
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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Cast

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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)
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Runtime:
90 min
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Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
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Trivia:
Star Donald Pleasence once cited this as the worst film he had ever been in.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: In the first shot of Tony flying, he gets to the city. In the next shot, a few seconds later, he is in some trees, which are next to the place he flew from.See more »
Quotes:
Kobras:The man who control the destiny of the world will be here! When the world is mine, I alone will decide whether it is to be war or peace, life or death, according to the New Order which I shall establish!See more »
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31 out of 38 people found the following review useful.
you are the worse puma man ever, 3 September 2005
Author: andrew bowman (lfstry@yahoo.com) from Cinci United States

"You are the worst I have ever seen, but you are the Pumaman."

-- Vadinho

Flying over Stonehenge, a UFO drops off a magical golden mask. A voice-over alien promises that the mask will be protected by his son, and his sons after him. They will be man-gods; blessed with the infinite powers of the puma (a Puma-man, if you will).

Naturally, any device of great power must eventually fall into the wrong hands. Quicker than you can say Warrior Queen, the mask falls into the evil hands of Kobras (Donald Pleasance!). He discovers that the mask can control the human mind (not unlike Pabst Blue Ribbon), which can be very helpful when wanting to take over the world.

Unfortunately, plans for world domination are cut short when alien hieroglyphics reveal that the mask is protected. Any NE'ER-do-well who attempts to use it for evil will fall to a grisly demise by Pumaman.

So logically, Kobras must eliminate the mask's guardian. But how does one go about finding a Pumaman?

Easy. By throwing random men out skyscraper windows. If they splat, they're obviously not Pumaman.

So Kobras and his goons spend lazy summer afternoons tossing random men out skyscraper windows. On the other side of town, Vadinho, native shaman and friend to all Pumamen, does his part in finding the man-god. Not wanting to break from the tried-and-true method, he too tosses random men out skyscraper windows.

Vadinho soon comes across Tony Farms, a paleontologist working at a local museum. After Tony survives his window toss, Vadinho runs up to him, tells him he's a Pumaman, and disappears. He's just mysterious like that.

(This later segues into the obligatory: "I'm not a Pumaman" and "You are a Pumaman!" conflict, but let's skip it.)

Unfortunately, Vadinho isn't the only one who discovers Farms' hidden gift. Kobras sets his sights on the heroic paleontologist, for once the Pumaman is out of the way, nothing can stop him from taking over - the world!!! (Pronounced "verld" with an echo effect to increase menace.)

This review is part of Secret Santa, the latest B-Masters' round table. Lyz, of And You Call Yourself A Scientist! fame, drew my name. I must admit that she went fairly easy on me. Out of mercy? Charity? Who knows? Pumaman isn't a good film, but it's not that painful, either.

The acting is sub-par, but that's to be expected. Besides, Donald Pleasance is always a treat. He hams like none other: The beady eyes. The emotionless line delivery. The shiny pate. As a director, you can't go wrong with big Don.

But you can go wrong with Walter George Alton. It's nothing personal. Considering the material, he does just fine. But why get Gary Busey when you can just as easily hire Nick Nolte? Meaning, Alton wants to be Dirk Benedict so bad he can just taste it. Fresh off Battlestar Galactica, Dirk could've brought some star-power punch to the production. Or was Donald Pleasance supposed to provide the ratings' draw?

There was lots of action; fighting and what-not. I'm not talking about fancy-Schuman's wire work or characters freezing in mid-air while a bullet flies between their legs. Apparently, Pumaman likes to mix the power of B. A. Baracus with the unorthodox dork-FUD of William Shatner. We get some thug tossing (across cars, into walls, but sadly, not into dumpsters) along with a dabble of "In real life, that would've never connected." Things like Pumaman falling between the legs of an attacker, then kicking him in the chest. With the lightning speed of, say, Jackie Chan, I might be able to accept this feat. With the clumsiness of Walter George Alton, however, it proves a bit harder to swallow. And if you're going to pay homage to Shatner, everyone knows you have to throw in a weak chop to the back of the neck. It's a staple.

Perhaps a chop to the back of the neck would've prevented Our Hero from being made a fool of by Donald Pleasance. Pumaman beats on a dozen bad guys without breaking a sweat, only to be out-muscled by Donald Pleasance in the film's finale? Suspending disbelief, I can accept Pleasance as a criminal mastermind. But he's just a little too doughy to be slapping around a man-god. Unless that man-god happened to be Corey Haim.

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- Vadinho is a proud member of The Temple of the God Who Came From Other Worlds. If any organization was in desperate need of an acronym, this would be it.

- Hypnosis through shaky cam! Why spend lots of money on special effects? We'll just screw with camera lens. Nobody will know the deference.

- Pumaman spends a great deal of time flying and looking. Flying. Then looking. Then back to flying. Nothing is more exciting than bad blue-screen flight interrupted by periodic pauses to look around. It truly completes the effect.

- I can understand having a protector for a mask that could enslave the world, but it begs the question: Why bother dropping the mask off in the first place?

- The stirring love theme from Pumaman.

- Pumaman, as the name implies, is blessed with all the wondrous powers of a puma, which include:

The power of flight. The power to tear steel and crumble bricks with your bare hands. The power to telnet (I have a great story about this puma that deleted into my grandmother's bathroom in Wyoming, but for the sake of brevity, I'll refrain). The power to see in the dark. The power to punch guys really hard (my grandma was punched by said puma, but again, we should probably skip it).

-- Copyright © 2001 by J. Bannerman

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