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Tarantulas: The Deadly Cargo (1977)

An airplane carring coffee beans from South America has some unpleasant stowaways: a hoard of tarantulas which overcome the pilots as the airplane is flying over an orange-producing town in... See full summary »

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Stuart Hagmann
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Claude Akins ... Bert Springer
Charles Frank ... Joe Harmon
Deborah Winters ... Cindy Beck
Bert Remsen ... Mayor Douglas
Sandy McPeak ... Chief Beasley
Pat Hingle ... Doc Hodgins
Tom Atkins ... Buddy
Howard Hesseman ... Fred
John Harkins ... Sylvan
Charles Siebert ... Rich Finley
Penelope Windust ... Gloria Beasley
Edwin Owens Edwin Owens ... Frank
Alex Colon ... Hector
Lanny Horn Lanny Horn ... Harry Weed
Jerome Guardino Jerome Guardino ... H.L. Williams
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An airplane carring coffee beans from South America has some unpleasant stowaways: a hoard of tarantulas which overcome the pilots as the airplane is flying over an orange-producing town in California. The airplane crashes, and the unlucky inhabitants of the town release the poisonous spiders into their midst. Once the town's officials discover that the tarantulas are responsible for several deaths, the tarantulas have already descended upon the town's only orange-processing factory. The town's citizens risk their lives to remove the tarantulas from the factory while the poisonous pests are rendered motionless by the transmitted sound of buzzing bees. Written by Kevin McCorry <mmccorry@nb.sympatico.ca>

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Terror and death sweep through a defenseless town! See more »

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Horror | Thriller

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 December 1977 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Tarantulas See more »

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Mono

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Tarantulas: The Deadly Cargo is a TV-Movie, but was released theatrically in Mexico. See more »

Goofs

When the gasoline can is dropped on the power lines, shortening them out, the electric overhead doors close. The door is operated by an electric gear reduction motor which is electrically shut off when it reaches the top or bottom. It's impossible for it to drop due to a power failure. See more »

Quotes

Bert Springer: If we can convince the spiders that there are wasps around!
Joe Harmon: That's right! Then we can pick them up in a immobilized state!
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Like ketchup, its slow, but its not good
20 June 2001 | by richard.fuller1See all my reviews

I saw this thing when I was eleven, so I related most to Matthew Laborteaux who was not yet on Little House on the Prairie. I rooted for him when he was teasing the spider with a stick and was dismayed when he met his fate. My sister, who hates spiders, jumped constantly during this thing. I had to argue with my brother, who wanted to watch 'Charlies Angels in Hawaii' or something. I eventually saw this movie tho. Like some bad influence from Irwin Allen, the spiders, which were all over the small town, end up in the warehouse with the produce, the town's main source of income and major export. A truly strange plan for killing the spiders is hampered by a bad, bad man, which endangers those within the warehouse with the spiders. It's not one you would want to watch twice, but once would leave it stuck in your mind. Check out 'Kingdom of the Spiders' with William Shatner tho. It's better.


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