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Umberto Lenzi (story)
Umberto Lenzi (screenplay)
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10 November 1983 (USA) See more »
The most violent film ever made! See more »
Three friends out to disprove cannibalism meet two men on the run who tortured and enslaved a cannibal tribe to find emeralds, and now the tribe is out for revenge. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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One of my all-time favourite films is no picnic for those easilyupset See more (143 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)
Giovanni Lombardo Radice ... Mike Logan (as John Morghen)
Lorraine De Selle ... Gloria Davis
Danilo Mattei ... Rudy Davis (as Bryan Redford)
Zora Kerova ... Pat Johnson (as Zora Kerowa)
Walter Lucchini ... Joe Costolani (as Walter Lloyd)
Fiamma Maglione ... Myrna Stenn (as Meg Fleming)

Robert Kerman ... Lt. Rizzo
John Bartha ... Mafioso

Venantino Venantini ... Sgt. Ross
'El Indio' Rincon ... Juanito
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Giovanni Bergamini ... Clerk (uncredited)
Lewis E. Ciannelli ... Ross (voice: English version) (uncredited)
Larry Dolgin ... Paul (voice: English version) (uncredited)
Anthony La Penna ... Wilson (voice: English version) (uncredited)
Andy Luotto ... Joe (voice: English version) (uncredited)
Steven Luotto ... Tim (voice: English version) (uncredited)
Edward Mannix ... Rizzo (voice: English version) (uncredited)
Richard McNamara ... Hood (voice: English version) (uncredited)
Riccardo Petrazzi ... Hunter (uncredited)
Perry Pirkanen ... Paul (uncredited)

Dominic Raacke ... Tim (uncredited)

Ted Rusoff ... Sancho (voice: English version) (uncredited)
Gregory Snegoff ... Rudy (voice: English version) (uncredited)
Susan Spafford ... Myrna (voice: English version) (uncredited)
Pat Starke ... Gloria (voice: English version) (uncredited)
Jake Teague ... Professor (uncredited)
Frank von Kuegelgen ... Mike (voice: English version) (uncredited)

Directed by
Umberto Lenzi 
Writing credits
Umberto Lenzi (story)

Umberto Lenzi (screenplay)

Produced by
Antonio Crescenzi .... executive producer
Mino Loy .... producer (uncredited)
Luciano Martino .... producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
Roberto Donati  (as Budy)
Fiamma Maglione  (as Maglione)
Cinematography by
Giovanni Bergamini 
Film Editing by
Enzo Meniconi 
Production Design by
Giuseppe Bassan 
Costume Design by
Giuseppe Bassan 
Makeup Department
Giuseppe Ferranti .... makeup artist
Production Management
Vito Di Bari .... unit manager
Evi Farinelli .... unit manager
Giovanni Masini .... production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Riccardo Petrazzi .... assistant director
Sound Department
Sergio Basili .... special sound effects
Aldo Ciorba .... special sound effects
Ezio Marcorin .... special sound effects
Raul Montesanti .... sound
Special Effects by
Gino De Rossi .... special effects
Camera and Electrical Department
Roberto Belli .... chief electrician
Renato Doria .... camera operator
Giorgio Garibaldi Schwarze .... still photographer
Mario Pizzi .... key grip
Maurizio Zampagni .... assistant camera
Editorial Department
Alessandro Gabriele .... assistant editor
Music Department
Carlo Maria Cordio .... music arranger
Carlo Maria Cordio .... musical director
Other crew
Pino Colizzi .... voice dubbing: Robert Kerman (uncredited)
Vittoria Febbi .... voice dubbing: Zora Kerova (uncredited)
Michele Gammino .... voice dubbing: Danilo Mattei (uncredited)
Alessandro Iovino .... voice dubbing: Perry Pirkanen (uncredited)
Gino La Monica .... voice dubbing: Giovanni Lombardo Radice (uncredited)
Gianni Marzocchi .... voice dubbing: Jake Teague (uncredited)
Renato Mori .... voice dubbing: Riccardo Petrazzi (uncredited)
Angelo Nicotra .... voice dubbing: Walter Lucchini (uncredited)
Rita Savagnone .... voice dubbing: Fiamma Maglione (uncredited)
Serena Verdirosi .... voice dubbing: Lorraine De Selle (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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Also Known As:
"Cannibal ferox" - Italy (original title)
"Make Them Die Slowly" - USA (alternative title)
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93 min | South Korea:85 min (heavily cut) | UK:86 min (heavily cut)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Argentina:18 | Australia:R18+ | Canada:R (Alberta) | Canada:(Banned) (Ontario) | Canada:18+ (Quebec) | Finland:K-18 | France:16 (with warning) | Germany:BPjM Restricted | Germany:(Banned) | Hong Kong:III | Italy:VM14 | Netherlands:16 | New Zealand:R18 (cut) | Norway:18 (re-rating) (2005) (uncut) | Norway:(Banned) (1984-2005) | Portugal:M/18 | South Korea:18 (heavily cut) | Spain:S | Sweden:15 (uncut) | UK:18 (re-rating) (2000) (heavily cut) | UK:(Banned) (1984-2000) | USA:Not Rated | West Germany:18 (cut)

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(at around 30 mins) When filming the death of the wild boar, Giovanni Lombardo Radice nearly severed the hand of his double. Although Radice refused to kill the pig himself, a shot of Radice slashing the knife downward was needed to show that his character killed the pig. (The shots of the pig's death were later spliced in between.) To create blood splatter for this shot, Radice's double, who actually killed the pig for the film, was to hold a bowl of fake blood, which Radice would then stab. However, the double held the bowl from the bottom, and when Radice stabbed the bowl, the knife went through and cut his double's hand badly. Because of this accident, Radice saw himself as possibly "avenging" the pig's death.See more »
Factual errors: (at around 28 mins) When the group arrives at the village, the corpse of the Portuguese is decomposed far more than it would normally be after one day, even in the rain forest. Also, other people who died before him weren't decomposed at all.See more »
Pat:Want some?
Mike Logan:No, I don't drink. This here is my speed.
Mike Logan:Want some?
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27 out of 43 people found the following review useful.
One of my all-time favourite films is no picnic for those easilyupset, 15 August 2000
Author: Casey-52 from DVD Drive-In

CANNIBAL FEROX is one of those "forbidden gems", one of the short list of films that only those with strong stomachs and undying dedication to horror films can endure. Also on that list are films like CANNIBAL HOLOCAUST, I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVE, MEN BEHIND THE SUN, SALO: 120 DAYS OF SODOM, and a handful of others that are not for the weak of heart or those easily offended. I have finally seen FEROX and have only good things to say about it.

The plot is rather simple: a drug dealer and his co-hort torture and kill some natives in the Amazon jungle and escape, but after encountering a college group, they are captured and brutalized for the cruelties they have caused. All of the four main actors are excellent (Giovanni Lombardo Radice/John Morghen, Lorraine de Selle, Danilo Mattei, Zora Kerova) and I plan to seek out all of their films. I seriously enjoyed the acting, which may come as a surprise to those who watch this film for yucks. I never once laughed during this film, I took it totally seriously and the film actually works this way. I can't stress how unbearable some of the scenes in this film are. There are several instances of real animal killings (a turtle, an alligator, a pig, and almost a mongoose), castration, decapitation, mutilation, humiliation, a piranha attack, and poison darts. All of the scenes in the jungle are expertly filmed and create an otherworldy environment that puts us, the viewers, through hell and back. By the end of the film, we have experienced everything that the protagonists have and have come out alive, as well. I think that that, as well as viewing the film itself, gives a sense of triumph as an end result.

Now the one problem with the film: the NYC scenes. Filmed on location in New York City, the scenes are wonderfully nostalgiac and are scored by an irresistible disco score, but the acting is horrible (except perhaps porn star Richard Kerman/R. Bolla), the dubbing bad, and it just breaks the main storyline too much. It tells the story of why Mike Logan and Joe (the drug dealers) escaped to the Amazon. But does it really matter? Joe explains it during his story, so why shoot 20 minutes of new footage with a totally different cast? Director Umberto Lenzi does a wonderful job with the jungle footage, some of his best work, and had also done cop thrillers. I guess he couldn't resist showing off his ability to shoot action scenes. These NYC scenes are well shot and campy like most Italian cop thrillers, but should have been in a different film. Here, they just distract from the jungle action and almost ruin what could have been a classic film. Instead, this film is for the most part ridiculed and called a rip-off of the stronger CANNIBAL HOLOCAUST.

The music by Budy-Maglione is superb and is available on CD through some on-line mail order video companies. It's so good I listen to it every day. The NYC disco theme is marvelous, but my favorite is still the morbid symphonic choir piece that accompanies the horrific scenes in the jungle. It is both beautifully composed and effectively filled with dread. I would list some stand-out scenes, but why ruin a good thing? Go into CANNIBAL FEROX by knowing as little about it as possible, including the now famous murder sequences, and prepare to be shocked beyond belief. Grindhouse Releasing has released the definitive version, so seek that out for cool extras, including commentaries by John Morghen and Umberto Lenzi and three trailers!

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