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Steve Kanaly ... Dr. Sam MacKenzie
Karen Carlson ... Shirley Pinter

Macon McCalman ... Earl Dana

Robert Chimento ... Jay Pinter

Sonny Landham ... Calvin Duggai
Robert Alan Browne ... Jim Brody

Duke Stroud ... Smyley

Larry Vigus ... Marine Sergeant
Newton John Skinner ... Chris

Directed by
George Gage 
Writing credits
George Gage (screenplay) and
Beth Gage (screenplay)

Brian Garfield  novel "Fear in a Handful of Dust"

Produced by
Ashok Amritraj .... executive producer
Vijay Amritraj .... associate producer
Sidney D. Balkin .... co-executive producer (as Sidney Balkin)
Beth Gage .... producer
Original Music by
Arthur Kempel 
Cinematography by
Bill Pecchi 
Film Editing by
Sonya Sones 
Costume Design by
Annie Hayes 
Makeup Department
Annie Maniscalco .... hairdresser
Annie Maniscalco .... makeup artist
Terry Smilen .... makeup assistant
Production Management
Mike Moder .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Mike Moder .... first assistant director
Steven Tramz .... second assistant director (as Steve Tramz)
Art Department
Sharon Bonney .... property master
Sound Department
Jean Clark .... sound boom
Richard Portman .... sound recording mixer
Lee Strosnider .... sound mixer
Special Effects by
Jim Hoagland .... special effects
Ed Adams .... stunts
Jack Dunlap .... stunts
Will Morton .... stunts
John Pearce .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Eddie Colman .... second assistant camera
E.J. Foerster .... second assistant camera (as Eric J. Foerster)
Jim Hoagland .... grip
Daniel Keesey .... key grip
Kenneth Lehn .... electrician
Tom Morris .... first assistant camera
Mark M. Pompian .... best boy (as Mark Pompian)
Larry Reibman .... gaffer
Casting Department
Frank Kennedy .... casting: Tucson
Editorial Department
Scott Conrad .... editorial consultant
Anne Couk .... assistant editor
Kit Turner .... editorial apprentice
Music Department
John Caper Jr. .... music supervisor
Don Felder .... composer: additional music
Transportation Department
Jay Fuller .... transportation coordinator (as Jay R. Fuller)
Harry McCorey .... transportation captain (as Harry McCrorey)
Other crew
Jim Dawson .... bird trainer
Peggy Dunlap .... location auditor
Jim Evans .... technical advisor
Jackie Fuller .... production secretary
Rick Hummer .... production assistant
Frank Inn .... animal trainer
Pamela Lehn .... assistant to producer
Mimi Rose .... script supervisor
Lonnie Ramati .... production business affairs (uncredited)
Susan Castano .... thanks: for help and cooperation
Max Fogel .... thanks: for help and cooperation
Linda Kay Gross .... thanks: for help and cooperation (as Linda Gross)
Bill Lewis .... thanks: for help and cooperation
Patty Moder .... thanks: for help and cooperation
Emory Sekaquaptewa .... thanks: for help and cooperation
Stan Shapiro .... thanks: for help and cooperation
Crew believed to be complete

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Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): After being freed in the middle of the desert, one of the first things Dr. Sam MacKenzie does is take off his shirt to cool down. Being a Park Ranger, he would know that is the worst thing to do. All the experts say the best thing to do is keep your clothes on, as the Sun will quickly burn your skin otherwise, adding to your difficulties.See more »


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Poor, 14 March 2008
Author: Michael_Elliott from Louisville, KY

Fleshburn (1984)

* 1/2 (out of 4)

In 1975 Calvin Duggoi (Sonny Landham) deserted his troops in Vietnam due to spiritual beliefs held by the Native Americans. When he returned home four psychiatrists deemed him mentally unstable so the court systems threw him into a mental hospital where he remained for the next nine years. When the nine year mark hit, Calvin decides to break out and track down the four responsible for having him locked up. After stealing a truck Calvin kidnaps all four people and drives out in the desert where he drops the four off and demands that they live like Indians. Meaning, the four city folks will have to find their own food and water and perhaps, die under the heat of the sun.

When VHS took off Fleshburn tried to hide itself as a horror title but that's certainly not the case. This film is part drama, part action film and it really doesn't do either genre any justice. The low-budget nature of the film doesn't help matters either nor does the childish acting, which grows very tiresome very quickly. The film could be seen as a forerunner to the hit show Survivor but even that show features better acting.

The film has a very interesting idea to work with, although it's certainly not anything original. The idea of an Indian seeking revenge by forcing the white man to live as an Indian should have made for a more entertaining movie but instead of anything smart, the director has the viewer out in the desert just watching people sit around and wine. Really, not much happens in this film, which is a shame. We see them learn how to catch food, find water and finally try to walk out of the desert but all of this takes a total of three minutes so the other 80+ minutes we're just watching them sit around. The only saving grace the film has is in the first twenty-minutes when Calvin is tracking down his victims. He does this by breaking into their houses and the director actually does a nice job getting a few jump scares as I like to call them.

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