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Cannibals in the Streets (1980)

Apocalypse domani (original title)
Mentally unstable Vietnam vets who were held captive by the Vietcong come back to America after being rescued carrying a dangerous virus that turns 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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Taglines:

POW's in Vietnam...starved in captivity...released with a taste for human flesh. See more »

Genres:

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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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Was one of the 39 films successfully prosecuted and banned in the UK during the video nasty act. See more »

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The blood on Charlie Bukowski's lips during the flea market shootout scene. See more »

Quotes

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

Unavailable for years in the UK following its inclusion on the DPP 72 list of video nasties. It was finally passed in 2005 with a brief 2 second cut of a live rat being ignited with a flamethrower. See more »

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Referenced in Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003) See more »

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The genius of sheer stupidity? Or not stupid enough?
5 December 2001 | by InfofreakSee all my reviews

John Saxon has spoken out against this movie many times and seems ashamed for having been involved in it. The way he goes on about it you would think that he was tricked into making an exploitation movie via some kinda 'Caligula'-esque ruse. But all I can say is a)just look at Saxon's career. I love the guy but c'mon, 'Queen Of Blood', 'Enter The Dragon', 'Mitchell', 'The Bees' and 'Battle Beyond The Stars' aren't exactly Jean Luc Godard, know what I'm saying? And b) I think if you sign up for a movie that involves Vietnam vets infected with a "cannibal virus" you kinda KNOW what you're getting in for, don't you think?

'Cannibal Apocalypse' attempts to cash in on both the 70s Italian cannibal cycle started by Deodato, and the the success of 'The Deerhunter' and 'Apocalypse Now'. It is absolutely stupid in concept, above average in execution, and isn't totally successful because of its timidity in showing disturbing in your face gore. I like the way Saxon and most of the others play the ludicrous material with a straight face, but unfortunately there are too many dull sections and not enough cannibalism! The movie begins well enough in the all too brief Vietnam sequence, but never lives up to the promise shown in the first ten minutes. It's quickly downhill all the way after that, only rescued by one or two blackly humorous scenes. What you end up with is a half-baked Romero rip-off. I say go straight to 'Dawn Of The Dead' or 'The Crazies'.


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