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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

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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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Taglines:

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

This film was released by Troma in 1996 but it was actually filmed in 1993 while Trey Parker was attending the University of Colorado at Boulder. Contrary to popular belief, Parker was not expelled due to missing class while making the movie, and went on to graduate. See more »

Goofs

When Alferd Packer is running from the crowd from the bar, there is a clear, visible line in the sand where he is supposed to run. See more »

Quotes

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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

In the Troma release there is a quick shot of a black cat right before Packer loses his horse in the night. This was not in Parker's original release (fall 1993) in Boulder, CO at the Flatirons Theatre. See more »

Connections

References Seven Samurai (1954) See more »

Soundtracks

When I Was On Top Of You
Music & Lyrics by Trey Parker
Produced and arranged by Rich Sanders
Performed by Trey Parker
Also performed by Toddy Walters
© 1993 by The Avenging Conscience, Inc.
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When I say it's a shpadoinkle day......
21 January 2006 | by jaked_on_green_beersSee all my reviews

"Cannibal! The Musical" is a perfect example as to why Trey Parker is one of the most talented comedy writers of our time. Made in 1993, whilst still in college, Trey wrote this movie based upon the true story of Alfred Packer - or at least, this is what Packer said happened (minus the songs.....maybe). Working with longtime producing partner Matt Stone, the movie was made with a bunch of college friends and professors for a next-to-nothing budget. Ironically, despite casting his professors, Trey was kicked out of college for spending too much time on the movie.

But this movie was well worth the honored title of "College Drop-out". The laughs are thick and fast and the songs are pure Parker - funny, catchy and damn right genius. Although the movie can slow down in some parts, the jokes and songs quickly let you forget that. "Cannibal!" is a prime example of what every college movie should be, but never is. But if you truly wish to enjoy this film, buy the DVD, watch it with Director's Commentary and get drunk along with Trey, Matt, Dean and the rest of the cast.

"The sky was a lot more blue...when I was on top of you...." Need I say more?


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