5.0/10
51
2 user 1 critic

The Legend of Alfred Packer (1980)

PG | | Adventure, Biography, Drama
Based on a true story of Colorado's only convicted killer/cannibal Alfred Packer.

Director:

(as Jim Roberson)

Writers:

, (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
Reviews

Watch Now

With Prime Video

WATCH NOW
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Patrick Dray ...
Alfred G. 'Alferd' Packer
Ronald Haines ...
Shannon Wilson Bell
Jim Dratfield ...
George ' California' Noon
Bob Damon ...
Israel Swan
Dave Ellingson ...
James Humphrey (Humphreys)
Ronny Holiday ...
Frank 'Reddy' Miller
William Broder ...
Gunman (W.W. 'Plug Hat' Anderson)
Teresa Wickersham ...
Receptionist
Lawrence Bleir ...
McMurphy
Cynthia Nessin ...
Polly Pry (Mrs. Leonel Ross O'Bryan)
Jim Beaman ...
Newspaper Executive #1 (Frederick G. Bonfils)
Lester Miller ...
Newspaper Executive #2 (Harry H. Tammen)
Ruth Seder ...
Landlady
J. Michael Eckert ...
Guard
...
O.D. Loutsenhizer
Edit

Storyline

Alfred (also known as Alferd) Packer promoted himself as a guide to a group of pioneers hoping to find silver in the mountains of Colorado. After wandering through the wilderness with his clients, insisting that he knew where he was going, it soon became evident that the group was hopelessly lost, and would have to face the harsh winter on their own. As food supplies ran out and the men began to starve, Packer made the fateful decision to save himself by any means possible, and use his unlucky clients as food. Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

How far would you go to stay alive?


Certificate:

PG
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Also Known As:

Legenda of Alfred Packerista  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show more on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Connections

Spoofed in Cannibal! The Musical (1993) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Amateurish but entertaining, offbeat western based on a true story
29 June 2002 | by See all my reviews

The Legend of Alfred Packer is the unbelievable true story of the only man ever convicted in the U.S. of cannibalism, the same story later told in the film "Cannibal! the Musical", and partially told in "Ravenous". This film is unintentionally funny as it was so ineptly acted. The two actors that play the grotesque mountain men\trappers steal the show, while Packer is portrayed as a burley, half-crazed Civil War vet. Despite the bad acting, the locations and costumes are great. The direction is adequate but the internal and night-time scenes are very dark, resulting from either bad lighting or a bad video transfer. I cannot tell. Watching this movie it's easy to see that it was used as a reference for "Cannibal!" as some of the scenes, narrative devices, and even a costume design exactly parallel the ones in this movie. Despite it's shortcomings, I did enjoy seeing it.


13 of 13 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?
Review this title | See all 2 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Best of 2017: Our Favorite Movie and TV Stills

Take a look at our favorite movie and TV stills from the past year. Spot any of your faves?

Browse the Best of 2017