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Ravenous (1999)

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In a remote military outpost in the 19th century, Captain John Boyd and his regiment embark on a rescue mission which takes a dark turn when they are ambushed by a sadistic cannibal.

Director:

Antonia Bird

Writer:

Ted Griffin
1 win & 4 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Guy Pearce ... Capt. John Boyd
Robert Carlyle ... Col. Ives / F.W. Colqhoun
David Arquette ... Pvt. Cleaves
Jeremy Davies ... Pvt. Toffler
Jeffrey Jones ... Col. Hart
John Spencer ... Gen. Slauson
Stephen Spinella ... Knox
Neal McDonough ... Pvt. Reich
Joseph Runningfox ... George (as Joseph Running Fox)
Bill Brochtrup ... Lindus
Sheila Tousey Sheila Tousey ... Martha
Fernando Becerril ... Mexican Commander
Gabriel Berthier Gabriel Berthier ... Mexican Commander
Pedro Altamirano Pedro Altamirano ... Mexican Commander
Joseph Boyle Joseph Boyle ... U.S. Blonde Soldier
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Storyline

Captain John Boyd receives a promotion after defeating the enemy command in a battle of the Mexican-American War, but because the general realizes it was an act of cowardice that got him there, he is given a backhanded promotion to Fort Spencer, where he is third in command. The others at the fort are two Indians, George and his sister, Martha, who came with the place, Chaplain Toffler, Reich, the soldier; Cleaves, a drugged-up cook; and Knox, who is frequently drunk. When a Scottish stranger named Colquhoun appears and recovers from frostbite almost instantly after being bathed, he tells a story about his party leader, Ives, eating members of the party to survive. As part of their duty, they must go up to the cave where this occurred to see if any have survived. Only Martha, Knox, and Cleaves stay behind. George warns that since Colquhoun admits to eating human flesh, he must be a Windigo, a ravenous cannibalistic creature. Written by Scott Hutchins <scottandrewh@home.com>

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Survival is the only option. See more »

Genres:

Horror

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for considerable gore and strong violence | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Country:

Czech Republic | UK | USA | Mexico

Language:

English | Italian | Spanish | Washoe

Release Date:

19 March 1999 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Vorace See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$12,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,040,727, 21 March 1999, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$2,060,953, 2 May 1999
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The writer Ted Griffin got the idea for the film while reading Dashiell Hammett's "The Thin Man". See more »

Goofs

While Captain Boyd was lying in the hole after falling from the cliff the phases of the moon were shown to illustrate the passing of time. It was clearly a waxing moon on the northern hemisphere (The "arc" was on the right side). But the moon was becoming thinner in time just like a waning moon. See more »

Quotes

Colqhoun: I suppose I owe you gentlemen a story. We left in April. Six of us in all. Mr. MacCready and his wife, from Ireland. Mr. Janus, from Virginia, I believe... with his servant, Jones. Myself - I'm from Scotland. And our guide... a military man, coincidently. Colonel Ives. A detestable man... and a most disastrous guide. He professed to know a new, shorter route through the Nevada's.
[scoffs]
Colqhoun: Quite a route that was. Longer than the known one... and impossible to travel. We worked... very, very hard....
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Crazy Credits

The film begins with a famous quote by German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900): "He that fights with monsters should look to it that he himself does not become a monster." Nietzsche's surname is misspelled as 'Nietzche'. Shortly after, a comedic quote appears below Nietzsche's: "Eat Me" - Anonymous. See more »

Alternate Versions

Finnish video version is cut by 58 seconds. See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Blood Pact: The Making of 'Blade II' (2002) See more »

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Delicious horror film.
30 November 2003 | by HumanoidOfFleshSee all my reviews

Antonia Bird's "Ravenous" is one of the finest low-budget horror movies of recent years.It's a brilliant mix of cannibalism,gruesome gore,sly black humour and quasi-philosophy.The script by Ted Griffin is absolutely stupendous.It's an irresistible blend of Native American legend(you absorb the strength or spirit of who you eat),the Donner tragedy,and the story of Sawney Bean.Bean with his wife and his numerous offspring,dwelt in a cave in Galloway,Scotland,during the sixteenth century.The family cave was close to the sea and they lived by highway robbery:ambushing,killing and then eating passers-by.Any parts of the body which they were not able to eat once were pickled in brine or hung in their cave.Over a period of twenty-five years it was proved that Bean and his family were estimated to have killed and eaten more than a thousand people.The acting is wonderful-Guy Pearce shines in a difficult role as a Lieutant John Boyd."Ravenous" was shot in the Czech Republic and Slovakia,and the landscape and climate is put to fantastic use.The score by Damon Albarn(of British band Blur)and Michael Nyman is very spooky and atmospheric.The film is loaded with brutal violence and gore,so if you're squeamish give it a miss.However if you're a horror fan with a taste for something dark and sinister,then you're in for a rare treat.Highly recommended.


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