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Terrorists in the process of kidnapping a child get trapped in a house with an extremely deadly snake.

Director:

Piers Haggard

Writers:

Alan Scholefield (based on the novel by), Robert Carrington (screenplay by)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Klaus Kinski ... Jacmel
Oliver Reed ... Dave
Nicol Williamson ... Commander William Bulloch
Sarah Miles ... Dr. Marion Stowe
Sterling Hayden ... Howard Anderson
Cornelia Sharpe ... Ruth Hopkins
Lance Holcomb ... Philip Hopkins
Susan George ... Louise Andrews
Mike Gwilym Mike Gwilym ... Det. Constable Dan Spencer
Paul Williamson Paul Williamson ... Det. Sergeant Glazer
Michael Gough ... David Ball
Hugh Lloyd ... Taxi Driver
Rita Webb Rita Webb ... Mrs. Loewenthal
Edward Hardwicke ... Lord Dunning
John Forbes-Robertson ... Sgt. Nash
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Storyline

International terrorists attempt to kidnap a wealthy couples child. Their plan comes unstuck when, a deadly Black Mamba sent by mistake instead of a harmless snake, escapes, and the terrorists and several hostages are trapped in the boy's London home. A tense evening is had by all as the snake creeps around the house picking off the various characters one by one. Written by R Lindsay

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Kidnappers terrify... black mambas kill! See more »

Genres:

Horror | Thriller

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 January 1982 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Die schwarze Mamba See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$5,229,643

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$5,229,643
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Some movie posters for the film featured a long blurb that referenced a number of earlier horror-suspense pictures. It stated: "The Mystery of 'The Birds (1963)'. The Danger of 'Psycho (1960)'. The evil of 'The Omen (1976)'. The terror of 'Jaws (1975)'. Now, the ultimate in suspense". See more »

Goofs

When Dr. Stowe is told to get up by Kinski, she anticipates the terrorist's action by grabbing the scarf before Kinski wraps her hand in it. See more »

Quotes

Commander William Bulloch: Look, could you tell me just how dangerous very dangerous is?
Dr. Marion Stowe: The most dangerous snake in the whole world, that dangerous.
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Crazy Credits

The Producers wish to extend their thanks to David Ball, overseer of reptiles at London Zoo, without whose skill and courage in the handling of the deadly Black Mamba, this film could not have been made. See more »

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An Extremely Aggressive and Deadly Snake
28 September 2013 | by Uriah43See all my reviews

"Ruth Hopkins" (Cornelia Sharpe) is looking forward to a vacation in Rome with her husband and leaves her asthmatic son, "Phillip" (Lance Holcomb) with his grandfather, "Howard Anderson" (Sterling Hayden) to look after him in their London apartment. What she doesn't realize is that the maid, "Louise Andrews" (Susan George), the chauffeur "Dave Averconnelly" (Oliver Reed) and a German criminal named "Jacques Muller" (Klaus Kinski) have made detailed plans to kidnap the boy for a huge ransom. Unfortunately, their plans go awry when a policeman comes to the door and Dave mindlessly shoots and kills him. This results in the police surrounding the house with the kidnappers holding both Phillip and Howard as hostages. Now, while this might sound like a mediocre kidnapping movie, what gives this film some added excitement is that by complete accident Phillip has recently brought an extremely aggressive and deadly snake home with him and it has just gotten loose. To that end, the directors (Piers Haggard and Tobe Hooper) manage to keep the film somewhat suspenseful by utilizing some shock value and music to pretty good effect. In short, while this film certainly won't win any major awards, it still managed to pretty much keep my attention from beginning to end. That said, I figure it deserves at least an average rating.


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