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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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Storyline

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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Several aliens can be seen throughout the film. Among them: One in the opening courtroom scene in the back. One behind Moon (Dian Bachar) as he pulls a shoelace out of his mouth. And one peeking out of the barn during the 'Let's Hang the Bastard!' dance scene. See more »

Goofs

During the "Trapper Song", in music theory terms E-flat is the relative minor of F-sharp; however, it wouldn't be "spelled" that way. That would be called D-sharp minor. 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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Crazy Credits

(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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Soundtracks

Let's Build A Snowman
Music & Lyrics by Trey Parker
Produced by Rich Sanders
Performed by John Hegel
Arranged by Franz Roehmann & Beth Clapper
© 1993 by The Avenging Conscience, Inc.
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When I say it's a shpadoinkle day......
21 January 2006 | by (Dublin, Ireland) – See all my reviews

"Cannibal! The Musical" is a perfect example as to why Trey Parker is one of the most talented comedy writers of our time. Made in 1993, whilst still in college, Trey wrote this movie based upon the true story of Alfred Packer - or at least, this is what Packer said happened (minus the songs.....maybe). Working with longtime producing partner Matt Stone, the movie was made with a bunch of college friends and professors for a next-to-nothing budget. Ironically, despite casting his professors, Trey was kicked out of college for spending too much time on the movie.

But this movie was well worth the honored title of "College Drop-out". The laughs are thick and fast and the songs are pure Parker - funny, catchy and damn right genius. Although the movie can slow down in some parts, the jokes and songs quickly let you forget that. "Cannibal!" is a prime example of what every college movie should be, but never is. But if you truly wish to enjoy this film, buy the DVD, watch it with Director's Commentary and get drunk along with Trey, Matt, Dean and the rest of the cast.

"The sky was a lot more blue...when I was on top of you...." Need I say more?


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