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Ganja & Hess ()


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After being stabbed with an ancient, germ-infested knife, a doctor's assistant finds himself with an insatiable desire for blood.

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Dr. Hess Green
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Ganja Meda
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George Meda
Sam L. Waymon ...
Rev. Luther Williams (as Sam Waymon)
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Archie
Candece Tarpley ...
Girl in Bar
Richard Harrow ...
Dinner Guest
John Hoffmeister ...
Jack Sargent
Betty Barney ...
Singer in Church
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Queen of Myrthia
Betsy Thurman ...
Poetess
Enrico Fales ...
Dr. Green's Son
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Pimp
Tara Fields ...
Woman with Baby

Directed by

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Bill Gunn

Written by

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Bill Gunn ... (writer)

Produced by

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Jack Jordan ... executive producer
Quentin Kelly ... executive producer
Chiz Schultz ... producer
Joan Shikegawa ... associate producer (as Joan Shigekawa)

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Sam L. Waymon ... (as Sam Waymon)

Cinematography by

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James E. Hinton

Film Editing by

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Victor Kanefsky

Editorial Department

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Cynthia Castleman ... assistant editor
Samuel D. Pollard ... assistant editor (as Samuel Pollard)

Production Design by

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Tom H. John ... (as Tom John)

Costume Design by

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Scott Barrie

Makeup Department

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Scott Cunningham ... makeup artist
Annie M. DeMille ... hair stylist (as Annie DeMille)

Production Management

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Ed Dessisso ... production supervisor
Louis Pastore ... production manager (as Lou Pastore)

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Anthony B. Major ... assistant director (as Anthony Major)

Art Department

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James Walker ... properties master

Sound Department

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Mike Lobel ... special audio effects
Ron Love ... sound
Bill Meredith ... sound assistant
Al Nahmias ... sound editor
Emil Neroda ... re-recording mixer / re-recording
Vincent Stenerson ... sound editor

Stunts

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Malcolm Drummond ... stunts
Tony King ... stunts
Tommy Lane ... stunts

Camera and Electrical Department

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Charles Blackwell ... second cameraman
Thurman Faulk ... assistant camera
William W. Lister ... lighting director (as Bill Lister)
Dennis Murphy ... best boy
Rex North ... key grip
James Walker ... camera assistant

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Celia Bryant ... wardrobe (as Ceil Bryant)

Music Department

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Edward Bland ... musical director (as Ed Bland)
Nadi Qamar ... musician: African instruments

Other crew

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Janos Adams ... assistant to producer
Renoir Darrett ... script supervisor
Janis Klein ... production secretary
Scottie Lew ... production assistant
Lincoln Pasteur ... production assistant
Alan Skog ... production assistant
Roger Wall ... assistant to director

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

Dr. Hess Green, an archaeologist overseeing an excavation at the ancient civilization of Myrthia, is stabbed by his research assistant, who then commits suicide. When Hess wakes up, he finds that his wounds have healed, but he now has an insatiable thirst for blood, due to the knife carrying ancient germs. Soon after, Hess meets his former assistant's wife, Ganja. Though Ganja is initially concerned about her missing husband, she soon falls for Hess. Though they are initially happy together, Ganja will eventually learn the truth about Hess, and about her husband. Will she survive the revelation? Will Hess? Written by Jean-Marc Rocher

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Taglines The Devil wanted their souls...She wanted their bodies and more! See more »
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Also Known As
  • Double Possession (United States)
  • Black Vampire (United States)
  • Blackout: The Moment of Terror
  • Ганджа и Хесс (Soviet Union, Russian title)
  • Blood Couple
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Runtime
  • 110 min
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Box Office

Opening Weekend United States $3,406, 03 Jun 2018

Did You Know?

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Trivia The film was released theatrically several times by different distributors and under different titles. Initially released as "Ganja and Hess" by Kelly/Jordan Enterprises in 1973, it failed at the box-office and was then picked up by Heritage Enterprises. Heritage re-edited the film and released it under the title "Blood Couple" later that same year. This version included 15 minutes of footage not used in the original release print, despite being 33 minutes shorter overall, and was marketed as a blaxploitation film. This same cut was released to theaters by Goldstone Films as "Double Possession" in 1975. See more »
Movie Connections Edited into Witch Doctor #0 (2013). See more »
Soundtracks Bungelii Work Song See more »
Quotes Ganja Meda: [after becoming dependent on blood] Why am I always cold?
Dr. Hess Green: [quietly] I don't know.
Ganja Meda: Are you always cold?
Dr. Hess Green: Uh hm.
Ganja Meda: What have you done about it?
Dr. Hess Green: Grown used to it.
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