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Cannibal Women in the Avocado Jungle of Death (1989)

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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Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Trivia

Author Daryl F. Mallett was an extra in this film. 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 Deformed Monsters (1997) See more »

Soundtracks

2000 1/2
Written by Carl Dante (BMI)
Courtesy of Intramusic Publishing
Published by Intramusic Publishing (BMI), Phantom Publishing (BMI)
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It looks like a big lego to me.
25 September 2004 | by film-criticSee all my reviews

This movie was hysterical. This was the "perfect" find. As we watch over and over again films like Tommy Boy and Airplane!, we tend to think that perhaps that is all that there is to offer from comedy. Well, I am here to shout that you would be wrong. I suggest that everyone that takes the time to read this review should go out to the movie store and watch a film that always scared them. I do not mean a horror film, but I mean a movie that just made you say out loud, "I am never going to rent this film". Cannibal Women in the Avocado Jungle of Death would have been my choice. Just by looking at the DVD cover art, this would not have been a film I would have wanted to jump up and down to see, but now after seeing it I have gained a new found appreciation for older comedies.

The 80s were overburdened by "big-budget" comedies. Those that carried big named comedians, but there was also a few that slipped through the cracks. In 1989, this film was one of those. This was a very sharp minded film with a great cast and a flawless script. Now, don't get me wrong, this was no Vanilla Sky, but it did take a very heated topic at the time and create a comedy that didn't denounce the issues.

This was, and will remain, a story about feminism. I asked Jen, my wife and feminist, if this film was ever shown in any of her graduate or undergraduate classes, and she replied ... sadly, "no". It should have been. This film demonstrates what feminists are striving for in the form of film. I loved this film, and so did my wife.

I suggest this to anyone out there that is looking for that perfect "campy" movie that will make you laugh, never use your mind, and create a strong point for feminism!!

Grade: ***** out of *****


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