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Cannibals in the Streets (1980)

Apocalypse domani (original title)
Giovanni Lambardo Radice and John Saxon are Vietman vets that bring back contagious virus that turn people into cannibals when bitten.

Director:

Antonio Margheriti (as Anthony M. Dawson)

Writers:

Antonio Margheriti (screenplay) (as Anthony M. Dawson), Dardano Sacchetti (screenplay) (as Jimmy Gould) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
John Saxon ... Norman Hopper
Elizabeth Turner Elizabeth Turner ... Jane Hopper
Giovanni Lombardo Radice ... Charlie Bukowski (as John Morghen)
Cinzia De Carolis ... Mary (as Cindy Hamilton)
Tony King ... Tom Thompson
Wallace Wilkinson ... Captain McCoy
Ramiro Oliveros ... Dr. Phil Mendez (as Ray Williams)
John Geroson John Geroson ... Policeman
May Heatherly ... Nurse Helen
Ronnie Sanders Ronnie Sanders ... Orderly
Vic Perkins Vic Perkins ... Biker
Jere Beery Jere Beery ... Biker Leader
Joan Riordan Joan Riordan ... Aunt Tina
Laura Dean ... Brunette Jogger
Lonnie R. Smith Jr. Lonnie R. Smith Jr. ... Biker (as Lonnie Smith)
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Storyline

It starts off in Vietnam where John Saxon gets bitten by P.O.W. John Morghen who has been infected with some sort of cannibal virus. A few decades later in Atlanta, Georgia, Saxon wakes up from a nightmare flashback of what actually happened back in 'Nam. Saxon then receives a call from Morghen asking him if he wants to go out for a drink but Saxon refuses remembering the incident in 'Nam. Morghen has turned into a cannibal and is soon on the run after biting into a woman's neck. He barricades himself in a department store and shoots some folks with a shotgun. The cannibal virus spreads and soon Saxon joins veterans Morghen and Tony King along with some others to wreak some havoc. Written by Sujit R. Varma

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Their rabid lust for human flesh created an epidemic See more »

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Horror | Thriller

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

Italy | Spain

Language:

Italian | Spanish

Release Date:

18 September 1981 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Cannibals in the Streets See more »

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Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

The film watched by Bukowski at the cinema is From Hell to Victory (1979), which starred May Heatherly, who plays the role of the infected nurse Helen. See more »

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One scene of police cars speeding through downtown Atlanta shows that they are missing all of their vehicle decals, whereas the correct markings are present in all other scenes. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Norman Hopper: Get away from it you asshole... get away take cover
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Alternate Versions

The Australian VHS release from Palace Explosive Video is missing the scene where Bukowski cuts up the garage attendant with the power saw. This release is otherwise uncut. See more »

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Referenced in Ban the Sadist Videos! (2005) See more »

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Not bad for a cannibal movie
21 April 1999 | by Jerry-93See all my reviews

Maybe the fact that this particular cannibal movie wasn't directed by one of the usual suspects (Lenzi, Deodato) is what makes it so tolerable. Saxon plays a soldier who goes back to some south Asian country to rescue his POW buddies. He doesn't seem too bothered by the fact that when he finds him, they're eating human flesh, or that one of them bites him, and infects him with some kind of cannibal virus. Fast forward a number of years, and Saxon is gettin a hankerin for some human meat. This all happens about the time that his buddies decide to break out the mental hospital they're in. It all ends up with Saxon and his buddies infecting a bunch of people, and running from the law in the sewers. Cannibal city, baby.

Radice getting his abdomen blown clean out with a shotgun is reason alone to watch this movie (if you can figure out how they did this effect, let me know). The rest is pretty standard, as far as movies go, but it is a lot better than most cannibal movies. At least it takes place in the city and not in some jungle. Worth a look, if you're a cannibal or John Saxon fan.


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