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Cannibal! The Musical (1993)
"Alferd Packer: The Musical" (original title)

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The sole survivor of an ill-fated mining expedition tells how his taste for gold was replaced by that of human flesh.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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George Noon
Stephen Blackpool ...
Black Cat
Stan Brakhage ...
Noon's Father
Dan Brother ...
Guard #2
Duster ...
Liane
Brad Gordon ...
Mills
Ian Hardin ...
Shannon Bell
Dave Hardin ...
Drummer
Edward Henwood ...
O.D. Loutzenheiser / The Cyclops
Jon Hegel ...
Isreal Swan
Andrew Kemler ...
Preston Nutter
Steve Jackson ...
Sheriff of Lake City
Jessica James Kelly ...
Tiny Tim / Baby Packer
M.K. ...
'The Dropout'
Martin Leeper ...
Sheriff of Saguache (as Marty Leeper)
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Alfred Packer was a mountain guide and sole survivor of a party of pioneers that got lost in the mountains in winter. Accused and convicted of murdering and eating his travelling companions, he was to be executed by hanging.The movie begins at his trial, where he pleads his innocence to an unsympathetic audience. Only reporter Polly Pry will listen to his story, which is then related to the viewers in the form of flashbacks. As Packer and his gold-prospecting clients make their way through the forests and mountains, they encounter bemused Japanese Indians, an unimpressed group of mountain men and the brutal Rocky Mountain winter, all of which inspire the travellers to break out into song and dance. Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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In the tradition of Friday the 13th Part 2... and Oklahoma comes the first intelligent movie about cannibalism! See more »


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Rated R for comic gore/violence and some language | See all certifications »

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30 August 1996 (USA)  »

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$125,000 (estimated)
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According to Trey Parker, he based the script partially on "The Odyssey". In the film, Shannon Bell is seen reading "The Odyssey". See more »

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When the men are naked under their blankets and Humphrey remembers the fudge it is sitting just under the blanket on his stomach so the sudden realization of the fudge's existence is forced. The fudge would have to have been taken from his pack and placed there after undressing and laying down and if the characters are so starving it is unlikely he would have waited so long to break into it. See more »

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Title Card: The film you are about to see was originally released in 1954. Upstaged by the overwhelming popularity of "Oklahoma!", it's short lived theater run was canceled, and "Alfred Packer: The Musical" soon fell into obscurity. The original negative, re-discovered just last year, has been painstakingly restored using state-of-the-art color enhancing and computer reconstruction technology. The film's violent scenes have been edited out for your viewing pleasure.
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(At the end of the closing credits) Due to the graphic nature of this film, it should not have been watched by small children. See more »

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References Mister Ed (1958) See more »

Soundtracks

Trapper Song
Music & Lyrics by Trey Parker
Produced by Rich Sanders
Performed by Trey Parker, Andrew Kemler and Edward Henwood
© 1993 by The Avenging Conscience, Inc.
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Absolutely brilliant, though many will not think so.
24 August 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Yes, I have to say it, I am a South Park fan. I watch the show religiously, and that is the reason why I watched this brilliantly entertaining film. That's probably the only reason anyone ever watches it. This film is one that you either love or hate, and I can't imagine anything in between. It's wildly uneven, poorly paced, poorly acted, and has rather bad sound quality at times. And I love it for all those reasons. It's simply a student project that Trey Parker and his buddies put together over one spring break, and with such a small budget, and limited film-making skills, they created something brilliant, and inspirational.

Alfred Packer (Trey Parker) is a lonely miner who seems to be in love with his horse, Leanne, and has recently been put on trial for murdering his mining crew and eating them. He tells the real story to a reporter named Polly, and it goes like this. One shpadoinkle morning, he is chosen as a replacement guide for a gold mining expedition to Colorado, though he doesn't exactly know the way. With his five crew members, he sets off on the journey. Of course, when his horse runs away, he ends up leading his crew on an agonizing search in the wrong direction, which leads them into the cold, snowy mountains, becoming hopelessly lost. As they fight to survive, they soon realize that they may need to resort to eating each other...

This movie is a hysterical comedy with many big laughs, but I personally think it works better as a musical. A real challenge with this movie is to see it, and then try and get the songs out of your head. The music is so catchy, and if the film was really popular, I wouldn't have to constantly explain to the people around me what I'm whistling/humming. Sometimes, I leave my iPod playlist of the movie's songs running all night as I sleep, as they provide me comfort. Most people won't love the music that much, but you can't say the music isn't wonderfully catchy. "Shpadoinkle Day," That's All I'm Asking For," and Let's Build A Snowman" are my favorites, though I love them all. The first former and the latter would be considered classics if the film had a wide release.

Now, the main problem with the film that most people have is the pacing, which is extremely slow. The thing is, is that Trey Parker had little knowledge of making a film, and with a tiny budget, the film is of poor quality. The acting, sound, and agreeably the pacing, are all bad. But the film's bad quality is one of it's charms. Much of the humor is unintentional, due to some of the funniest, and most obvious errors ever put on film. They are easy to spot if you pay attention, and don't let the pacing get you down. By the way, if you don't like it the first time, try it again with the hilarious, and helpful directors commentary on the DVD in which Trey Parker, Matt Stone, and the rest of the main cast get drunk and watch the film. They point out many things that you probably couldn't care less about the first time, and their insight makes it really funny (not to mention, it helps the pace quite a bit

Cannibal! The Musical is one of my favorite comedies, and everyone should give it a try. It gets an 8/10 in my book.

It is rated R for Comic Gore/Violence and some Language. Sex: 3/10 Violence: 9/10 Swearing: 6/10 Drugs: 1/10


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