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The Pumaman (1980)

L'uomo puma (original title)
Low-budget film about a young man given a mystical medallion by an Aztec shaman, in order to become a puma-empowered champion like his father before him. In trying to initially locate the ... See full summary »


Alberto De Martino


Massimo De Rita (screenplay), Luigi Angelo (collaboration on screenplay) | 1 more credit »


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Complete credited cast:
Walter George Alton ... Prof. Tony Farms / Puma Man
Donald Pleasence ... Kobras (as Donald Pleasance)
Miguel Ángel Fuentes ... Vadinho (as Miguel Angel Fuentes)
Sydne Rome ... Miss Jane Dobson
Silvano Tranquilli ... Ambassador Dobson
Benito Stefanelli Benito Stefanelli ... Rankin, Kobras' Lieutenant
Guido Lollobrigida Guido Lollobrigida ... Kobras Thug with Moustache
Peter Cellier ... Museum Curator
Geoffrey Copleston Geoffrey Copleston ... Sir George Bradley (as Jeffrey Coppleston)


Low-budget film about a young man given a mystical medallion by an Aztec shaman, in order to become a puma-empowered champion like his father before him. In trying to initially locate the young man, the shaman has the nasty habit of pushing candidates out of windows to test them ("Nope, not him.") Written by Derek Chong <d2chong@undergrad.math.uwaterloo.ca>

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Release Date:

14 February 1980 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


In Spain, the film was released in Sevilla in April 1981, and in the rest of the country in July 1981. See more »


When Puma Man and Kobras are fighting inside the castle, the shot of Puma Man smashing through the wall begins early enough that you can clearly see the hole in the wall has been cut for him, notably the "stone" cut perfectly around his head. He was obviously set up with his head through the wall (like a clown cut-out at the beach) and cued to walk through the flimsy cardboard, because no debris falls before the shot. See more »


Prof. Tony Farms: Uhm, tell me. Are we meeting in a dream?
Jane Dobson: I don't think so.
Prof. Tony Farms: Then it's really true. I fell from the third floor.
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Alternate Versions

The Greek video version has parts of the scenes at the start rearranged. See more »


Flying Like A Puma
Written and Performed by Renato Serio And His Orchestra
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"You cannot escape me!"
3 September 2009 | by bensonmum2See all my reviews

As I've said before, you've just got to love those wacky Italians and some of their wacky cinematic "achievements". The Puma Man (or The Pumaman as the title card indicates) tells the story of Professor Tony Farms (Walter George Alton) who reluctantly accepts his superhero birthright. A direct descendant of extraterrestrials, he is given the power of the puma (Until I watched this movie, I had no idea that pumas could fly? Who knew?) so that he might defend the secrets of the Aztecs. One of those secrets, a golden mask that grants its possessor the power of mind control, has been stolen by the evil Kobras (Donald Pleasance). With his Aztec guide Vadinho (Miguel Angel Fuentes), The Puma Man must put a stop to Kobras' plans of world domination.

It might be screwy, but I can't help but enjoy parts of The Puma Man. The movie comes across like a twisted, no-budget mix of Superman and the U.S. television series "The Greatest American Hero". From the superhero costume that includes brown slacks straight off the rack at Sears to the poorly done rear projection special effects to the repetitive (but admittedly catchy) Casio keyboard soundtrack to the Christmas ornament-like space ship, it's obvious that the budget on The Puma Man was less that what I spent on dinner last night. But the odd thing is, regardless of how cheap looking most of the movie is, it's got a charm to it that money can't buy. And while that doesn't necessarily make The Puma Man a great movie or anything, on occasion the movie overcomes its many faults (or it might be because of these faults) and is often quite fun. The acting isn't much to write home about. Pleasance proves he could be a scene-chewer without equal. His insistence on pronouncing "puma" as "pyuma" is hysterical. Our would-be hero, Alton, is generally ineffectual. The female lead, played by Sydne Rome, while reasonably attractive, doesn't display much in the way of acting skills either. Still, given the material they're given to work with, the entire cast is serviceable. But probably the best thing I can say about The Puma Man is that it's not dull. In fact, it's well paced and generally entertaining throughout its runtime. And as I've argued so many times, entertainment is the single most important thing to me when watching movies.

Compared with most everyone else on IMDb, my rating for The Puma Man sticks out like a sore thumb. Maybe I enjoy it for all the wrong reasons, but whatever it is, I do enjoy it.

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