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Cannibal! The Musical (1993)

Alferd Packer: The Musical (original title)
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The sole survivor of an ill-fated mining expedition tells how his taste for gold was replaced by that of human flesh.

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Trey Parker

Writer:

Trey Parker (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Dian Bachar ... George Noon
Stephen Blackpool Stephen Blackpool ... Black Cat
Stan Brakhage ... Noon's Father
Dan Brother Dan Brother ... Guard #2
Duster Duster ... Liane
Brad Gordon Brad Gordon ... Mills
Ian Hardin Ian Hardin ... Shannon Bell
Dave Hardin Dave Hardin ... Drummer
Edward Henwood Edward Henwood ... O.D. Loutzenheiser / The Cyclops
Jon Hegel Jon Hegel ... Isreal Swan
Andrew Kemler Andrew Kemler ... Preston Nutter
Steve Jackson Steve Jackson ... Sheriff of Lake City
Jessica James Kelly Jessica James Kelly ... Tiny Tim / Baby Packer
M.K. M.K. ... 'The Dropout' (credit only)
Martin Leeper Martin Leeper ... Sheriff of Saguache (as Marty Leeper)
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Storyline

Alfred Packer was a mountain guide and sole survivor of a party of pioneers that got lost in the mountains in winter. Accused and convicted of murdering and eating his travelling companions, he was to be executed by hanging.The movie begins at his trial, where he pleads his innocence to an unsympathetic audience. Only reporter Polly Pry will listen to his story, which is then related to the viewers in the form of flashbacks. As Packer and his gold-prospecting clients make their way through the forests and mountains, they encounter bemused Japanese Indians, an unimpressed group of mountain men and the brutal Rocky Mountain winter, all of which inspire the travellers to break out into song and dance. Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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In the tradition of Friday the 13th Part 2... and Oklahoma comes the first intelligent movie about cannibalism! See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for comic gore/violence and some language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Official Sites:

Official site | Troma

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Japanese

Release Date:

30 August 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Cannibal! The Musical See more »

Filming Locations:

Lake City, Colorado, USA See more »

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Budget:

$125,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Some of the extras appearing in the movie were Trey Parker's professors. These include avant-garde filmmaker Stan Brakhage as George Noon's father, and Don Yannacito as James' father. Yannacito still teaches filmmaking at CU Boulder. See more »

Goofs

Matt Stone's real voice is briefly heard when Humphrey says the lines, "How far to Colorado territory?" and "Watch out for that bear trap." See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Title Card: The film you are about to see was originally released in 1954. Upstaged by the overwhelming popularity of "Oklahoma!", it's short lived theater run was canceled, and "Alfred Packer: The Musical" soon fell into obscurity. The original negative, re-discovered just last year, has been painstakingly restored using state-of-the-art color enhancing and computer reconstruction technology. The film's violent scenes have been edited out for your viewing pleasure.
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Crazy Credits

(At the end of the closing credits) Due to the graphic nature of this film, it should not have been watched by small children. See more »

Alternate Versions

The film was originally prepared as a three-minute joke "trailer" shown at Trey Parker's college in Colorado. The cast is largely the same, although there is no Polly Prye yet, and most of the scenes in the "trailer" are matched in the final movie, including the songs "Let's Build a Snowman" and "On Top of You." There are also one or two songs not used in the final movie, though. In this version Packer, upon seeing the bodies of his mutilated companions, lets out a loud scream which gradually changes into a musical note, and he starts to sing a funky number. He sings something similar at the end of the trailer too. Although in the final movie, characters played by Matt Stone and Dian Bachar never develop facial hair, this version shows everyone growing at least a moustache, even Matt. This cheap and amusing "trailer" is sometimes actually used as the trailer for the final film [Although the final film does have its own trailer]. The title of the original trailer [And the original cut of the movie] was "Alferd Packer: The Musical," but of course all Troma releases replace the title cards with new ones reading "Cannibal: The Musical." Versions of the original trailer and the final film with both titles are circulating somewhere. See more »

Connections

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Soundtracks

Trapper Song
Music & Lyrics by Trey Parker
Produced by Rich Sanders
Performed by Trey Parker, Andrew Kemler and Edward Henwood
© 1993 by The Avenging Conscience, Inc.
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Brilliant and hilarious `musical'
6 March 2003 | by HPeepSee all my reviews

Cannibal! The Musical is now a small cult classic thanks to DVD. It deserves more because this is simply a great movie, with songs that will leave you laughing for days and some great pop-culture references. Oh yeah, and Japanese Indians. And Confederate solider Cyclopses.

I actually read about the real Alfred Packer on the internet and believe it or not, the movie stays true to what happened. Scary, huh?

Historical background aside, the one-liners and musical numbers (`Let's Build a Snowman' is unbelievably funny) are a good reason to get this movie. If you have a DVD player, get the DVD and listen to the cast/crew's drunk commentary. It's not very informative but it sure is fun. Grade: A.

Rated R for graphic comic violence/gore and strong language. Suggested for ages 14 and up.


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