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La montagna del dio cannibale (1978)

A girl and her brother fly to New Guinea to look for a lost expedition, led by her husband, which has vanished in the great jungle.

Director:

Sergio Martino

Writers:

Cesare Frugoni (screenplay), Cesare Frugoni (story) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ursula Andress ... Susan Stevenson
Stacy Keach ... Professor Edward Foster
Claudio Cassinelli ... Manolo
Antonio Marsina ... Arthur Weisser
Franco Fantasia Franco Fantasia ... Father Moses
Lanfranco Spinola Lanfranco Spinola ... Consul Burns
Carlo Longhi Carlo Longhi ... Phil
Claudia Rocchi Claudia Rocchi ... Puka Body Painter #1 (as Luigina Rocchi)
Akushula Selayah Akushula Selayah ... Sura (as Akushla Sellajaah)
Dudley Wanaguru Dudley Wanaguru
T.M. Munna T.M. Munna
M. Suki M. Suki
Giovanni Masini Giovanni Masini
Franco Cuccu Franco Cuccu
Franco Coduti ... (as Gianfranco Coduti)
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Storyline

Susan Stevenson and her brother Arthur get off a plane in Papua New Guinea, looking for her missing husband. They team up with, Dr. Edward Foster. The three head into the jungle, get in more than a few fights amongst themselves, and view lots of gratuitous animal cruelty, notable an iguana getting eviscerated. Written by Sujit R. Varma

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Their cult was death ... Their lust was for blood! See more »

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Country:

Italy

Language:

English | Italian

Release Date:

13 April 1979 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Slave of the Cannibal God See more »

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| (heavily cut) | (extended) | (R-rated) | (cut)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The film was banned in the UK until 2001 for its graphic violence (mostly for its very real animal violence) and one of the infamous 72 "Video Nasties". See more »

Goofs

When the snake eats the monkey, it is supposed to be natural footage of one animal eating another. There are many leaves around the shot, and one of them is very clearly added during editing to hide a device to launch the monkey into the snake's mouth. (A frame by frame analysis of this is on the unrated Blue Underground DVD.) See more »

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The ending credits do not actually state what the job of each individual was. Instead, it merely lists the technicians involved, which is why many have mistaken this for a cast list. This was because of the guerrilla nature of the shooting of this movie, which meant the crew positions were very fluid. See more »

Alternate Versions

The film was one of the original UK video nasties (as "Prisoner Of The Cannibal God") on the infamous DPP 72 list. The cinema version was cut to remove all footage of animal violence and the 2001 Vipco DVD (now retitled "Mountain Of The Cannibal God") featured a longer and more complete U.S print although a further 2 minutes 6 secs were cut by the BBFC to remove genuine footage of a snake fighting a bird and a snake killing and eating a live monkey. See more »

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National Geographic Channel meets Italian Sleaze
17 June 2004 | by CoventrySee all my reviews

Sergio Martino's 'Mountain etc' is somewhat an outcast in the notorious Italian field of cannibalism… This film has a bit more style, depth and – compared to such films as 'Cannibal Holocaust' or 'Cannibal Ferox' – you don't necessarily feel the need to take a shower after seeing it. It's actually better to compare this film with old-fashioned adventure-movies, actually…but with cannibals and a healthy dose of authentic Italian sleaze. Ursula Andress (still the finest, most ravishing Bond girl to date) stars as a strong woman who goes on an expedition, deep down the Guinean jungle, to search her missing husband. Her brother and another respected anthropologist (Stacy Keach) accompany her to 'Ra Ra Mu' … Roughly translated: the mountain of the Cannibal God, where a savage tribe still feasts on human flesh.

The first hour of the film is slow, atmospheric and surprisingly educational! Several sequences, portraying animal's hunting rituals, seem to come right out of a National Geographic broadcast and you're actually waiting for the voice-over to inform you more. The original, uncut release of Mountain of the Cannibal God contains a good share of violence and nudity, but it never becomes repulsive or nauseating. To be entirely honest: the 'horrible' cannibal tribe actually is rather lame. So, the fact they're only appear in the movie after the first hour is a good thing! Until then, you've got compelling adventure and Andress's ravishing body to keep you entertained. Highly recommended viewing!


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