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Contamination -- A deserted ship arrives in New York City carrying its slaughtered crew and a horrific cargo: Mutant green eggs the size of footballs that pulsate with life until they spray hideous chest-bursting death. But when a government research team begins an investigation, they uncover a grisly conspiracy of murder, space monsters and coffee.
Contamination -- A former astronaut helps a government agent and a police detective track the source of mysterious alien pod spores, filled with lethal flesh-dissolving acid, to a South American coffee plantation controlled by alien pod clones.

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Director:
Writers:
Luigi Cozzi (screenplay) &
Erich Tomek (screenplay) ...
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Release Date:
11 June 1982 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
They Invade Your Body ... Control Your Mind ... Blow You Apart! See more »
Plot:
A former astronaut helps a government agent and a police detective track the source of mysterious alien pod spores, filled with lethal flesh-dissolving acid, to a South American coffee plantation controlled by alien pod clones. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Green eggs and ham, Colonel Holmes needs a man See more (58 total) »

Cast

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Ian McCulloch ... Cmdr. Ian Hubbard
Louise Marleau ... Col. Stella Holmes
Marino Masé ... NYPD Lt. Tony Aris
Siegfried Rauch ... Hamilton
Gisela Hahn ... Perla de la Cruz
Carlo De Mejo ... Agent Young
Carlo Monni ... Dr. Turner
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Nick Alexander ... Harbor Authority (voice: English version) (uncredited)
Larry Dolgin ... Lt. Tony Aris - NYPD (voice: English version) (uncredited)
Edward Mannix ... Dr. Turner (voice: English version) (uncredited)
Mike Morris ... Dr. Hilton (uncredited)
Angelo Ragusa ... Warehouse Man (uncredited)
Martin Sorrentino ... Black Warehouse Worker (uncredited)
Susan Spafford ... Col. Stella Holmes (voice: English version) (uncredited)
Brigitte Wagner ... Doctor (uncredited)

Directed by
Luigi Cozzi  (as Lewis Coates)
 
Writing credits
Luigi Cozzi (screenplay) (as Lewis Coates) &
Erich Tomek (screenplay)

Luigi Cozzi (story) (as Lewis Coates)

Produced by
Claudio Mancini .... producer
Ugo Valenti .... associate producer
 
Original Music by
Goblin 
Agostino Marangolo  (as Goblin)
Antonio Marangolo  (as Goblin)
Fabio Pignatelli  (as Goblin)
 
Cinematography by
Giuseppe Pinori 
 
Film Editing by
Nino Baragli 
 
Production Design by
Massimo Antonello Geleng  (as M. Antonello Geleng)
 
Costume Design by
Tiziana Mancini 
 
Makeup Department
Corrado Cristofori .... hair stylist
Pierantonio Mecacci .... makeup artist
Mario Michisanti .... assistant makeup artist
 
Production Management
Walter Siffert .... unit production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Franco Coduti .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Giacomo Calò Carducci .... set dresser
Georgio Ferrari .... constructor: alien cyclops (as Giorgio Ferrari)
Gianni Fiumi .... property master
Claudio Mazzoli .... design: alien cyclops
 
Sound Department
Luciano Anzellotti .... sound effects
Massimo Anzellotti .... sound effects
Romano Checcacci .... re-recording engineer
Gaetano Testa .... sound recordist
Giuseppe Testa .... boom operator
 
Special Effects by
Giovanni Corridori .... special effects
Valerio Mazzoli .... special effects (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Adolfo Bartoli .... assistant camera
Augusto Diamanti .... key grip
Romano Mancini .... gaffer
Carlo Tafani .... camera operator
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Orsola Liberati .... seamstress
 
Editorial Department
Angela Bordi .... first assistant editor
Gisela Haller .... assistant editor
Olga Sarra .... second assistant editor
 
Music Department
Maurizio Guarini .... musician: keyboards (as Goblin)
Agostino Marangolo .... musician (as Goblin)
Antonio Marangolo .... musician: saxophone (as Goblin)
Fabio Pignatelli .... musician (as Goblin)
Roberto Puleo .... musician: guitars (as Goblin)
 
Other crew
Nick Alexander .... dubbing director
Tullio Lullo .... production assistant
Maurizio Mancini .... production assistant
Walter Massi .... production assistant
Hartmut Neugebauer .... dialogue director
Daniela Tonti .... continuity
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Alien Contamination" - USA (cut version)
"Toxic Spawn" - USA (video title (cut version))
"Aliendrome" - Japan (English title) (video title)
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Runtime:
95 min | USA:84 min (R-rated version)
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Certification:
Australia:R | Canada:R (Ontario) | Canada:13+ (Quebec) | Finland:K-18 (self applied) (2006) | France:-12 | Iceland:(Banned) | Norway:(Banned) (video rating) (1984) | Portugal:M/18 | UK:18 (original 1980s video release) | UK:15 (video rating) (2004) | UK:(Banned) (1984-2004) (original rating) | USA:R | West Germany:18 (nf)
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Trivia:
Writer/director Luigi Cozzi originally wanted Caroline Munro to play Colonel Stella Holmes.See more »
Goofs:
Factual errors: The uniforms worn by the police in Colombia at the end of the movie are the same as those worn by the police in New York (which also are not New York City police uniforms).See more »
Quotes:
NYPD Lt. Tony Aris:Jesus Christ, the whole world is going to be wiped out and all this broad's worried about is getting changed!
Colonel Stella Holmes:Listen, Aris, if I have to die with the rest of the world then I want to have a proper dress on and clean underwear.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in The Creation of 'Contamination' (2004) (V)See more »
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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
Green eggs and ham, Colonel Holmes needs a man, 8 May 2012
Author: Chris. from Australia

Lewis Coates (Luigi Cozzi to his friends) brings us linguine style "Alien" with Englishman abroad Ian McCulloch star billed but only appearing in the final half of the movie as a banished, drunken former astronaut brought on board a dangerous mission to discover the origins of green eggs from Mars that emit an acid-like substance when heated that cause victims to spontaneously combust.

Graphic but largely pointless exercise in cinematic rip-off, with much plot development but little coherent execution. McCulloch has limited screen time in comparison with the film's actual stars, Louise Marleau as the sexy but probably frigid Colonel with responsibility for disarming the global threat, and Marino Mase as the Brooklyn detective whose initial discovery of the eggs rows him aboard the fatal mission. Familiar German actor Siegfried Rauch co-stars as McCulloch's former astronaut companion whose version of events of the mission to Mars, differs significantly from that of McCulloch raising suspicions about McCulloch's state of mind.

As aforesaid, it's graphic with more than a dozen slow-motion, gut-busters that send entrails into the atmosphere, while a grotesque cyclops beast also appears briefly to ingest its prey with a hideous trunk-like anatomy that should entertain those in search of gore. Goblin provides the electronica soundtrack (not as good as their Argento stuff in my opinion) and there's a couple of suspenseful moments in an otherwise unremarkable rip-off.

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