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Primitif (1980)

After a raft accident in the jungle, three anthropology students and their guides attempt to escape from a primitive cannibal tribe that has hunted them down.


Sisworo Gautama Putra (as Sisworo Gautama)


Imam Tantowi (as Iman Tantoni)

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Enny Haryono Enny Haryono ... Rika
Barry Prima Barry Prima ... Amri (as Berry Prima)
Johann Mardjono Johann Mardjono ... Tommy
Rukman Herman Rukman Herman ... Bisma
Jafarpree York Jafarpree York ... Lahang
Novita Rully Novita Rully
Youstine Rais Youstine Rais ... (as Yostienne S. Rais)
Michael Kelly Michael Kelly
Rengga Takengon Rengga Takengon ... (as Ringga Takengow)
Eva Arnaz Eva Arnaz
Yayuk Suseno Yayuk Suseno


Three students, Tommy, Rita, and Robert, and their guides head into the jungle to study primitive tribes separated from civilization. However, the students say the one tribe they visit isn't primitive enough, and they want to find some really savages, and to locate the legendary cannibal tribe supposedly living in the area. The guide reluctantly agrees, and they are all soon separated in a raft accident. Robert and Rita are captured by the cannibals and held prisoner, while Tommy and their guide wander aimlessly through the jungle, looking for their lost companions. Written by Helltopay27

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Captured by Flesh-Eating Savages! See more »


Adventure | Horror


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Release Date:

7 March 1980 (West Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Primitives See more »

Filming Locations:

Rainforest, Indonesia

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Rapi Films See more »
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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The director decided to make this movie after seeing the success of the Italian cannibal movies Sacrifice! (1972), La montagna del dio cannibale (1978), and Jungle Holocaust (1977). Some scenes are almost directly lifted from those films. See more »


When the native is killed by the spike trap, it is obvious that the spikes are rubber because they bend around his body. See more »


Rita: You anger me!
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Crazy Credits

Right before the opening credits, on screen text reads, "This is a true adventure. Filmed on location in the jungle where the events portrayed actually took place. The production thanks the Indonesian Government for allowing this story to be brought to the screen." Several cannibal films in the era claimed to be accounts of true stories, but this is probably untrue. See more »

Alternate Versions

The German DVD from X-Rated KultVideo is uncut and has a PAL running time of 87 minutes. See more »


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13 March 2008 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Primitives (1978)

* 1/2 (out of 4)

Three college kids and their professor travel to Indonesia where they go into the jungles in search of cannibals. They find them but soon learn the cannibals are rather hungry. Here's a rare jungle/cannibal film from Indonesia, which tries hard to recapture the Italian cannibal genre but pretty much fails. The biggest problem is that there are so many cliffhanger moments that you really can't take the film too seriously. The worst thing is that none of the characters are all that likable so you have a hard time wanting to see them live. Be forewarned that there are a lot of real animals slaughtered (and eaten) on screen.

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