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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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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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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

The film was shot primarily in the avocado groves maintained by the University of California at Riverside (UCR), which the university uses for horticultural experiments. 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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2000 1/2
Written by Carl Dante (BMI)
Courtesy of Intramusic Publishing
Published by Intramusic Publishing (BMI), Phantom Publishing (BMI)
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Sharp script and honest satire
12 January 2002 | by lancashiSee all my reviews

I'm somewhat surprised at the low rating of this film.

Cannibal Women is a low-budget satire, and I thought a very funny and intelligent one. The script is absolutely fantastic. And the only reason I can imagine for the low reviews is that people either expected a (1) sexploitation flick with gratuitous nudity or (2) a polished adventure thriller in the Indiana Jones tradition. This is neither. It is a low-budget mix of "Heart of Darkness" and "Raiders of the Lost Ark" as transplanted to (of all things) feminist studies in southern California.

But it has genuine and unexpected laughs.


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