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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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Decent kidnap thriller with a mamba twist 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:
In the DVD commentary director Piers Haggard states that stars Oliver Reed and Klaus Kinski hated each other during production. Reed would constantly provoke Kinski until he would lose his temper.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 »
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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
Decent kidnap thriller with a mamba twist, 6 December 2008
Author: t-birkhead from United Kingdom

I believe Venom was possibly the first ever 15 certificate VHS I bought for myself, many moons ago now and I always remembered thinking it was OK, a reasonably solid if unremarkable film. I dug out my copy last night to give it another ago and it made quite a bit more of an impression, perhaps due to my considerably increased appreciation of cinema. Though undoubtedly flawed, this film has a fine cast, some striking moments and a memorably daffy plot. The story sees kidnappers attempting to ransom a spoiled young boy, but getting into somewhat of a fix when he sneaks out and gets the snake he has ordered from a pet shop. Unfortunately the harmless African house snake has been swapped with a deadly black mamba and things go a bit pear shaped. Clearly this is all absurd, but the fun comes from seeing the entire cast playing with gusto, committed to the film despite its silliness. Though I never felt much sympathy for the boy, played by Lance Holcombe, he is at least marginally less irritating than he might have been and does not get in the way of the rest of the cast. As his bold, safari expert grandfather Sterling Hayden performs with a sort of shrewdly heroic style. Susan George is typically cold yet alluring as the treacherous maid and Sarah Miles is pleasantly eccentric as a snake expert. Best of all though, Oliver Reed plays on edge throughout, scowling and brutish, whilst Klaus Kinski is a whole lot of fun to watch as the criminal mastermind, arrogant, controlling and reigning over every scene he's in. Plus, to stop things getting to overwrought, Nicol Williamson does good work as the policeman in charge of the whole mess, giving a touch of deadpan humour mixed with a very British style of authority and commitment to the job. Most of the fun of the film comes from watching all these acting turns, steaming along and colliding with each other, producing many sparks and at the least providing interest. The snake sadly has less to do than expected, though it does provide some suitably nerve wracking attacks. The first one is a bit hokey, but generally the use of a real snake at times means that the snake based scenes do come across very nicely. There's no gore, but there are a few good shocks and decent overall tension. In all, though no great classic, this is a wacky and entertaining affair that should be fun for fans of the cast or of eccentric thrillers in general. It perhaps could have been tauter and I suspect had Tobe Hooper stayed on to make this instead of being replaced by Piers Haggard the film might have been edgier with a bit more nasty satisfaction, but its still a good ride while it lasts.

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