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Zumbalah (1975)

Ultime grida dalla savana (original title)
A notorious mondo film depicting unbelievable and bizarre rituals, animal killing and cruelty, and people being killed and eaten, all by either animals or humans against each other or themselves.


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Here's a National Geographic style documentary that's alternately exploitive and informative. The film presents a wide variety of ways that humans interact with nature. It depicts the actual footage of a careless man (Pit Dernitz) leaving the safety of his car to film lions close up and ends up being their dinner. Other highlights include natives humping the ground in hopes of bringing life to the land, various big game hunting and last but not least naked hippies. Written by Sujit R. Varma

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Release Date:

September 1981 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Savage Temptation  »

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Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System)



Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The scene involving the hired guns torturing and killing indigenous South American tribes is staged. The lion attack sequence is also under suspicion as to being staged, but it has not been proven. See more »


The closing credits say "The producers are grateful to: Alitalia, for the generous collaboration in trasporting our crews and their equipment". (The word "transporting" is spelled incorrectly) See more »


Narrator: [directly before lions attack a tourist] This sequence is part of the evidence examined by the court in a lawsuit brought by the heirs of the victim against an insurance company.
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Edited into Sweet and Savage (1983) See more »


For You and Me
Music by Carlo Savina
Lyrics by Gilbert Kaplan
Sung by Gilbert Kaplan
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Mediocre Mondo
15 October 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Mostly lame Mondo about man's relationship with nature and animals, might have been more shocking in the 1970s, but now it seems like various outtakes leftover from a few National Geographic specials.

Tribesmen on the hunt in footage showing real animal death juxtaposed with hippie shenanigans was both repulsive and silly. Tourist being mauled by lions in Angola was fake, but at least it was better staged than the similar scene in Faces Of Death.

A curious vignette allegedly in Burundi mentions a tribe called Niamey , and a pair of brothers named Kano and Naro Kabila- which is odd, because Niamey is in Niger, and Kabila has roots in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, not Burundi.

The narrator in Faces Of Death was silly and largely false, but at least he was more charismatic and amusing than the dry, flat, monotone narrator heard here.

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