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Cannibal Women in the Avocado Jungle of Death (1989)

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The government hires a feminist at the local university to track down the Piranha Women living in the uncharted Avocado Jungle (westernmost outpost is San Bernardino) to convince them to ... See full summary »

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J.F. Lawton (as J.D. Athens)

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J.F. Lawton (as J.D. Athens)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Shannon Tweed ... Dr. Margo Hunt
Bill Maher ... Jim
Karen M. Waldron ... Bunny (as Karen Mistal)
Adrienne Barbeau ... Dr. Kurtz
Brett Stimely ... Jean-Pierre
Barry Primus ... Ford Maddox
James MacKrell James MacKrell ... Dean Stockwell
Paul Ross Paul Ross ... Col. Mattel
Vicky Varner Vicky Varner ... Barracuda Leader
Alan David Gelman Alan David Gelman ... Donnahew Leader
Pat Crawford Brown ... Secretary
Christopher Doyle ... Fred
Lloyd Gordon ... Sam
James Trenton James Trenton ... Unsavory
Steve Reid Steve Reid ... Bushito
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Storyline

The government hires a feminist at the local university to track down the Piranha Women living in the uncharted Avocado Jungle (westernmost outpost is San Bernardino) to convince them to move to a reservation condo in Malibu. She hires a guide at the edge of the jungle, a male chauvinist pig, and they have many arguments about men and women as they work their way in, and eventually confront the Piranha Women. Written by Ed Sutton <esutton@mindspring.com>

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These women are serious about their taste in men!


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PG-13 | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 March 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Jungle Heat See more »

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Dolby Stereo

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Color
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Trivia

Several of the 'college campus' scenes early in the movie were shot in and around various buildings at the University of California at Riverside (UCR): the outdoor scene in which the expedition is planned was filmed in the north courtyard of Olmsted Hall; the lecture hall scenes were filmed in the (unnamed) Physics building; the academic office scene was filmed in the offices of the Anthropology department; and the scene with the jeep driving under the wavy awning was filmed at the front of the Tomas Rivera Library, UCR's central academic library. The pool deck scenes were shot at an apartment complex near the campus which was later purchased by the university. See more »

Goofs

(at around 81 mins) In the scene at Malibu Estates, two hands are visible holding the "Cultural Assimilation: Piranha Women" sign in one of the shots. In another shot seconds later, the person holding the sign is gone. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
[Fred and Sam are hacking their way through the Avocado Jungle with machetes, then pause to take stock of their situation]
Fred: We're lost.
Sam: No, we're not - look! Over there!
[the camera zooms in on an avocado hanging from a twig. The two guys approach it, and Sam pulls the avocado into his hand. Fred takes it and stashes away]
Fred: Sam.
Sam: Yeah?
Fred: I think we should head back. We're getting in too deep.
Sam: Oh, don't - Wait a second. What's that I hear? It sounds like... women! Laughing!
Fred: Let's get outta...
[...]
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Alternate Versions

The first video release by Colourbox Video was cut by 16 seconds for a 15 certificate to remove a scene where a ninja uses nunchuks. At the time, the distributors were not allowed to release a video with the word 'cannibal' in the title - forcing them to change the title to 'Piranha Women in the Avocado Jungle of Death'. The 1999 video release by Metrodome Video was allowed to be called 'Cannibal Women in the Avocado Jungle of Death' and was passed without cuts at the 12 certificate. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Robot Ninja (1989) See more »

Soundtracks

Boleggo
Written by Carl Dante (BMI) & Herbie Hind (BMI)
Courtesy of Intramusic Publishing
Published by Intramusic Publishing (BMI), Phantom Publishing (BMI)
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"Heart of Darkness" as a comedy -- I *love* it!
2 February 1999 | by argyleSee all my reviews

Anyone who doesn't get this movie must not have been tortured by "Heart of Darkness" in High School. Kurtz has gone native in the jungle, and the tale is of the intrepid party braving the unknown to retrieve him... er, her. Kurtz dies, gasping, "The horror... the horror."

"Apocalypse Now!" -- another movie based on 'Heart' -- was an incredibly powerful film. Better than the original book, in my estimation. 'Cannibal Women' is the opposite end of the spectrum... a total farce. And it's also better than the original.

So if you didn't like this movie, read "Heart of Darkness," then watch this again. It'll make more sense, and it'll certainly seem a heck of a lot funnier.

(Okay, after 'Heart' *anything* is funnier... but you get the idea.)


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