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Cannibal Holocaust (1980)

Unrated | | Adventure, Horror | 7 February 1980 (Italy)
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During a rescue mission into the Amazon rainforest, a professor stumbles across lost film shot by a missing documentary crew.

Director:

Ruggero Deodato

Writers:

Gianfranco Clerici (story and screenplay), Giorgio Stegani (additional dialogue: Italian version)
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Complete credited cast:
Robert Kerman ... Professor Harold Monroe
Francesca Ciardi ... Faye Daniels
Perry Pirkanen ... Jack Anders
Luca Barbareschi ... Mark Tomaso (as Luca Giorgio Barbareschi)
Salvatore Basile ... Chaco Losojos
Ricardo Fuentes Ricardo Fuentes ... Undetermined Role
Carl Gabriel Yorke ... Alan Yates (as Gabriel Yorke)
Paolo Paoloni ... 1st Executive
Lionello Pio Di Savoia Lionello Pio Di Savoia ... 2nd Executive (as Pio Di Savoia)
Luigina Rocchi Luigina Rocchi ... Undetermined Role
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In 1979, intent on venturing into the vast and unexplored areas of the virgin Amazon rainforest, a small American film crew attempts to make a documentary about the region's indigenous cannibalistic tribes, only to disappear without a trace. As the noted anthropologist, Harold Monroe, and his team of seasoned guides embark on a rescue mission to locate the missing documentarians in the heart of the Green Inferno, fearful tribes, that no white has ever seen before, will soon start to take an interest in them. Inevitably, as the professor unearths more evidence about the fate of the film crew by sheer luck, a desperate battle to recover the raw footage that was paid in blood will commence--after all, the world must learn all about the savage and unspeakable atrocities captured on the riveting unedited footage. In the end, what has happened to the overambitious explorers, and the shocking final two reels? Written by Nick Riganas

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Taglines:

Cruel * Barbaric * Authentic See more »

Genres:

Adventure | Horror

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Unrated | See all certifications »

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Robert Kerman, Francesca Ciardi, Perry Pirkanen and Carl Gabriel Yorke were opposed to the real animal death scenes. In the script, was Yorke's character who killed the pig, but due to his refusal, Luca Barbareschi did it without any problem (even during the scene kicked wildly the animal before shoot him). Yorke said that it was very difficult to continue with the scene while he heard pig's agonizing screams, and he was unable to say his lines correctly. He also said that if he would know that animals would be killed during the filming, he wouldn't have accepted to make the movie. Although Pirkanen was in a way an active part during the turtle scene, according with Ruggero Deodato, he cried after that scene and after the death of every animal. Ciardi also spoke negatively about that scenes, especially the monkey and turtle scene, and described last one as the worst experience of her life. After the monkey scene, some people of the cast and crew said that if another animal was killed for an scene, they'll drop out the filming, but nobody could keep that promise. See more »

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After the "Last Road to Hell" sequence, the female executive tells Professor Monroe that the footage was "all a put-on" and "there was no enemy army approaching." The Last Road to Hell sequence is made up completely of execution footage, with no soldiers acting or enemy army approaching. The script originally called for footage of Vietnamese rebels firing at approaching troops, but execution footage from Nigeria was used instead. See more »

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PABS Reporter: Man is omnipotent; nothing is impossible for him. What seemed like unthinkable undertakings yesterday are history today. The conquest of the moon for example: who talks about it anymore? Today we are already on the threshold of conquering our galaxy, and in a not too distant tomorrow, we'll be considering the conquest of the universe, and yet man seems to ignore the fact that on this very planet there are still people living in the stone age and practicing cannibalism.
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The Grindhouse Releasing (USA) and Siren Visual (Australia) DVDs/Blu-rays omit the United Artists Europa logo in favor of a text crawl regarding the film's violent content: "The following motion picture contains intense scenes of extreme violence and cruelty. As distributors of this film, we wish to state with absolute sincerity that by no means do we condone the artistic decisions employed by the makers of this film. However, as firm believers in the constitutional right of free speech, we do not believe in censorship. To quote Thomas Jefferson, 'it behooves every man who values the liberty of conscience for himself, to resist invasion of it in the case of others.' Therefore, we are presenting CANNIBAL HOLOCAUST for the first time in its uncut, uncensored original form, with all sequences photographed by the filmmakers, however offensive and repugnant, presented fully intact. What you will see will definitely shock and offend you. Nonetheless, it should be viewed as a disturbing historical document of a bygone era of extreme irresponsibility which no longer exists, and, hopefully, will never exist again. 'Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.' - George Santayana" See more »

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The 2-disc French Collector's Edition from Opening Distribution is uncut, but is also missing several seconds from The Last Road to Hell. See more »

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Terminal cinema
9 April 1999 | by matt-201See all my reviews

The second word in the title is important. Ruggero Deodato's 1979 meta-snuff movie, far more than a chichi trinket like THE NIGHT PORTER, is the real Holocaust porn. Here the trigger is not frights, or even shocks, or even splatter. Atrocity is the name of Deodato's game--and the genius of this monsterpiece is that Deodato horrifyingly delivers the goods at the same time he coruscates his audience and himself.

This is a hard movie to recommend to any but those who would find it anyway; but it must be said that Deodato here created the most rigorous, critical, almost philosophical movie in the Italian horror canon. The audience's lust for Third World exoticism and envelope-pushing violence are gratified and held up to the painful light of day--and not necessarily in that order. The overwhelming feeling of this picture is of a pornographer pleading, "Stop me before I shoot again."

The conceit of the movie--an academic's journey into the Amazon to find the remains of a Western film crew devoured by cannibals--permits Deodato more Pirandellian boxes within boxes than a double bill of BLOWUP and THE PLAYER. But the atmosphere of the movie, despite scenes of cruelty so extreme you sometimes want to put out your eyeballs, is relentlessly elegiac--capped by Riz Ortolani's theme music. (It can be said with certainty that no romantic ballad was ever used underneath what Deodato stages here.)

CANNIBAL HOLOCAUST is the farthest edge of Extreme Cinema--as in Extreme Sports. It feels stuntlike, yet the combination of amplified bloodlust and world-weary regret is unique. Like Lucio Fulci's even more personal CAT IN THE BRAIN, it's an affecting enactment of an exploitation artist's conscience tearing apart.

It might make good viewing for Y2K Eve: it puts together the century's two salient words--holocaust and entertainment--as no other film did before or since.


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Official Sites:

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Country:

Italy

Language:

Italian | English | Spanish

Release Date:

7 February 1980 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Ruggero Deodato's Cannibal Holocaust See more »

Filming Locations:

Guri, Venezuela See more »

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Budget:

$100,000 (estimated)
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F.D. Cinematografica See more »
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Runtime:

| (heavily cut) | (animal cruelty-free) | (Québec)

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)| Dolby Digital (2001 re-release)

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor) (uncredited)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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