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Director:
Writers:
Robert Carrington (screenplay)
Alan Scholefield (novel)
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Release Date:
29 January 1982 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
The mystery of "The Birds", The danger of "Psycho", The evil of "The Omen", The terror of "Jaws", Now, the ultimate in suspense. See more »
Plot:
International terrorists attempt to kidnap a wealthy couples child. Their plan comes unstuck when, a... See more » | Add synopsis »
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A predator even more deadly than Klaus Kinski See more (37 total) »

Cast

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Klaus Kinski ... Jacques Müller

Oliver Reed ... Dave Averconnelly

Nicol Williamson ... Cmdr. William Bulloch

Sarah Miles ... Dr. Marion Stowe

Sterling Hayden ... Howard Anderson
Cornelia Sharpe ... Ruth Hopkins
Lance Holcomb ... Philip Hopkins

Susan George ... Louise Andrews
Mike Gwilym ... Det. Constable Dan Spencer
Paul Williamson ... Det. Sgt. Glazer

Michael Gough ... David Ball
Hugh Lloyd ... Taxi Driver
Rita Webb ... Mrs. Loewenthal

Edward Hardwicke ... Lord Dunning
John Forbes-Robertson ... Sgt. Nash
Ian Brimble ... Constable in Police Station
Peter Porteous ... Hodges
Maurice Colbourne ... Sampson
Nicholas Donnelly ... Superintendant
Cyril Conway ... Man in #17
Sally Lahee ... Woman in #17

David Sterne ... Driver
Charles Cork ... Driver's mate
Howard Bell ... Constable

Alan Ford ... Peters
Norman Mann ... Williams
Tony Meyer ... Martin
Michael Watkins ... Rogers
Gerard Ryder ... Smith
Moti Makan ... Mr. Mukerjee
Katherine Wilkinson ... Susan Stowe
Eric Richard ... Airline Clerk
Arnold Diamond ... Head Waiter
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Pat Gorman ... Policeman (uncredited)
Eric Kent ... Workman (uncredited)

Directed by
Piers Haggard 
Tobe Hooper (replaced) (uncredited)
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Robert Carrington  screenplay
Alan Scholefield  novel

Produced by
Harry Benn .... associate producer
Martin Bregman .... producer
Richard R. St. Johns .... executive producer
Louis A. Stroller .... senior executive producer
 
Original Music by
Michael Kamen 
 
Cinematography by
Gilbert Taylor 
 
Film Editing by
Michael Bradsell 
 
Casting by
Maude Spector 
 
Art Direction by
Tony Curtis 
 
Set Decoration by
Tessa Davies 
 
Makeup Department
Nick Dudman .... makeup artist
Meinir Jones Brock .... hair stylist (as Meinir Brock)
Basil Newall .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Ron Fry .... production manager
John W. Hyde .... executive in charge of production
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Michael Bradsell .... second unit director
Nick Daubeny .... second assistant director
Dominic Fulford .... first assistant director
 
Art Department
Gari Bacon .... props
Fred Carter .... assistant art director
Dennis Maddison .... property buyer
Bill Waldron .... construction manager
Terry Wells .... property master
 
Sound Department
Keith Batten .... boom operator
Roy Birchley .... assistant sound editor
Rene Borisewitz .... sound recordist
Simon Kaye .... sound recordist
Archie Ludski .... sound editor
Bill Rowe .... dubbing mixer
 
Special Effects by
Richard W. Dean .... special effects (as Richard Dean)
Steve Hamilton .... special effects technician
Alan Whibley .... special effects
 
Stunts
Roy Scammell .... stunt coordinator
Roy Scammell .... stunts
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Neil Binney .... camera operator: second unit
Kevin Brookner .... assistant camera
Denys N. Coop .... additional photographer (as Denys Coop)
Clive Coote .... still photographer
Frank Heeney .... gaffer
Dick Lee .... camera grip
Bill Pochetty .... best boy
Malcolm Vinson .... camera operator
Frank Watts .... camera operator: second unit
David Wynn-Jones .... focus puller
Chris Warren .... video operator (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
David Murphy .... wardrobe supervisor
Eileen Sullivan .... wardrobe mistress
 
Editorial Department
Jim Howe .... assistant editor
Tim Jordan .... assistant editor
 
Music Department
Michael Kamen .... conductor
John McClure .... music mixer
 
Transportation Department
Richard Booz .... driver: artist trailer
Howard Pugh .... transportation coordinator
 
Other crew
David Ball .... snake handler
Annie Britten .... secretary to producers
Tony Coroon .... production accountant
Ceri Evans .... continuity
Geoff Freeman .... unit publicist
Mark Goddard .... production trainee
Bob Halliday .... police liaison
Kay Rawlings .... continuity
Carol Regan .... secretary to producers
Brian Savage .... assistant snake handler
 
Thanks
David Ball .... thanks
 

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Runtime:
93 min | USA:92 min
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1.85 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Argentina:16 | Australia:M | Australia:MA (DVD rating) | Finland:K-16 | France:-12 | Iceland:16 | Norway:15 | Norway:16 (original rating) | UK:15 | UK:12 (re-rating) (2004) | USA:R | West Germany:16

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Trivia:
Sterling Hayden's final acting role in a theatrical film.See more »
Goofs:
Miscellaneous: When Dr stowe is told to get up by Kinski, she anticipates the terrorist's action by grabbing the scarf before Kinsi wraps her hand in it.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003)See more »
Soundtrack:
Our SongSee more »

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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful.
A predator even more deadly than Klaus Kinski, 29 April 2011
Author: Chris. from Australia

Engaging tale of a band of thieves whose plan to take a child and his grandfather hostage in their plush London townhouse, to extort money from the child's wealthy mother, is short-circuited by a rampaging Black Mamba that's been mistakenly brought into the mix. Intriguing to see how the plan unravels as the inimitable Klaus Kinski and his accomplices fall prey one by one to the elusive predator, its venom more deadly than any other species of snake. Cornered by the law on the outside, and the aggressive asp from within, they must adapt and improvise to affect a miraculous escape, no longer concerned with money, but basic survival.

Taut little suspense-thriller enabled by a strong cast, decent dialogue and well-paced direction. Kinski as the main protagonist is chilling, and he's well supported in Oliver Reed as the boozy henchman and Susan George as an unlikely (and unlucky) accomplice. Also noteworthy is Nicol Williamson as the dedicated police inspector who finds himself at the helm of a tense stand-off between the bandits, their captures and the unpredictable rogue reptile. While Sterling Hayden's characterisation of an aging ex game hunter is somewhat vague and incidental to the plot, it does add another dimension to the proceedings that stirs the curiosity and colours the complexity of an otherwise straightforward yarn.

Effective use of sets, lighting, music and tight editing nicely complement the occasional sadistic and surprisingly graphic violence. The snake itself, sometimes portrayed by a replica, is also well staged and looks convincingly hostile. Understated and somewhat obscure considering its impressive credits (Tobe Hooper was also linked with the film early on, but parted ways with the project), "Venom" is a compelling hostage thriller, cleverly bolstered by an unorthodox twist, and is well worth the time.

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