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

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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 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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The object of man's most ancient fear. See more »

Genres:

Horror | Thriller

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

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

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,833,908, 31 January 1982, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$5,229,643
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Klaus Kinski took his role in this movie over an offer to appear in Steven Spielberg's Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) because he was offered more money. Kinski has said in his autobiography 'All I Need Is Love: A Memoir' aka 'Kinski Uncut: The Autobiography of Klaus Kinski' (1988, 1996) that he thought the screenplay for Raiders was "moronically shitty". 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 »

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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Referenced in Adjust Your Tracking (2013) See more »

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Time Out
(uncredited)
Music by Stanley Myers
De Wolfe Music Ltd
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A powerful thriller
26 February 2004 | by aschepler2See all my reviews

VENOM (1982) ***½ Klaus Kinski, Oliver Reed, Nicol Williamson, Sarah Miles, Susan George. Even though this film is called "Venom" and features a snake, this is no "creature feature." Two English domestics (Reed and George), along with an international criminal (Kinski), conspire to kidnap their wealthy employers' ten-year-old son. The plan goes awry after the boy mistakenly receives a highly aggressive, super-poisonous black mamba (originally intended for a research facility), which kills one of the conspirators and transforms the attempted kidnapping into a tense armed standoff. A box-office flop in its day, American audiences were probably turned off by the film's stodgy English production values and – thanks to a misleading advertising campaign – probably felt duped once they realized it wasn't a killer snake movie. Still, a strong script and Kinski and Reed's explosive performances make this a powerful thriller. Highly recommended.


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