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Sacrifice! (1972)

Il paese del sesso selvaggio (original title)
Not Rated | | Adventure, Horror | 23 May 1973 (USA)
2:08 | Trailer
After a photographer is captured by a native tribe and put through several trials, he must fight to protect the village and his new love interest, the chief's daughter.


Umberto Lenzi


Francesco Barilli, Massimo D'Avak (as Massimo D'Avack)



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Credited cast:
Ivan Rassimov ... John Bradley
Me Me Lai ... Marayå (as Me Me Lay)
Prasitsak Singhara Prasitsak Singhara ... Taima
Sulallewan Suxantat Sulallewan Suxantat ... Karen
Ong Ard Ong Ard ... Lahuna
Prapas Chindang Prapas Chindang ... Chuan
Pipop Pupinyo Pipop Pupinyo ... Mihuan
Tuan Tevan Tuan Tevan ... Tuan
Chit Chit ... Cannibal
Choi Choi ... Cannibal
Song Suanhud Song Suanhud ... Witch Doctor
Pairach Thaipradit Pairach Thaipradit ... Thai
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Nick Alexander Nick Alexander ... Trailer Narrator (voice)


A photographer on assignment in the rain forest is ambushed and held slave by a primitive tribe, until the chief's daughter chooses him as her groom. After being initiated by various tortures, he becomes a part of the tribe and helps them against modern dangers and a cannibal tribe they're at war with. Written by Anonymous

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Italian | Burmese | Thai

Release Date:

23 May 1973 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Sacrifice! See more »

Filming Locations:

Bangkok, Thailand See more »

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| (heavily cut)

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Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The picture was banned in the United Kingdom by having its certification rejected by the BBFC (Board of Film Classification) on 18th September 1975 (BBFC Reference: AFF060198) and as such did not have a theatrical release there. See more »


Taima: [to John Bradley] In three moons you man of tribe. You not to die because Maraya says not, even if little arrows cause you much pain.
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Alternate Versions

The film was rejected for a UK cinema certificate in 1975 by the BBFC and ended up on the infamous DPP 72 list of video nasties. It was finally released in 2003 after 3 minutes 45 secs of cuts to remove all the scenes of animal killings. The uncut version was resubmitted for DVD release in 2016, and 3 minutes of cuts were again made to scenes of animal cruelty. Surprisingly the decapitation of the monkey appears to be restored See more »


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Ivan Rassimov dances with savages in Umberto Lenzi's kick-start to the cannibal sub-genre!
26 April 2006 | by The_VoidSee all my reviews

Umberto Lenzi was a diverse director, having made Giallo films, Italian crime films and some of the most notorious cannibal flicks, not to mention a whole host of other films with various sub-genres of horror. Deep River Savages is the film that is often given credit for kicking off the whole cannibal tradition, and it's also a member of the British 'Video Nasty' list, which lead to it's banning in the eighties. It's odd that this film should be on that list; however, as it's debatable as to whether or not it's even a horror film. Sure, it features some gore; but this is more like an early version of Dances with Wolves than its more bloodthirsty cannibal film cousins. The film follows Ivan Rassimov; a man who, after accidentally killing another man in a bar, finds himself in the Amazon jungle, where he is taken captive by a bunch of savages. After enduring various tortures, he finds himself the object of affection for a dim-witted female member of the tribe, and when she chooses him as her husband; he soon realises that despite being bloodthirsty savages; these guys aren't all that bad...

Ivan Rassimov is one of my favourite cult Italian actors, and he does well in this film as his rugged appearance fits the feel of the movie very well and this makes him believable in the lead role. His performance gives the film credibility; something which is lacking in a lot of these types of films. He is joined by his Last Cannibal World and Eaten Alive co-star Me Me Lai, whose appearance again helps the movie and the pair do actually bode quite well on screen together. Umberto Lenzi's direction is assured as usual, and he does a good job of ensuring that the location fits the tone of the movie at all times. The jungle setting is well realised, and the shots the savages' village look great. The film is, like Kevin Coaster's highly rated nineties film, more than a little bit cheesy; and this isn't helped by Ivan Rassimov's voice-over. If it wasn't for the fact that I've seen 1957's 'Run of the Arrow', I would imply that Kevin Costner stole ideas from Umberto Lenzi. Of course, Dances with Wolves was about an Indian tribe; but there isn't a lot of difference. Still, I'd take Ivan Rassimov and cannibals before Kevin Costner and Indians any day! Overall, this isn't one of the 'great' Italian cannibal films...but it's not bad either.

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