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Ravenous (1999)

R | | Horror | 19 March 1999 (USA)
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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
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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 ... 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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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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Get a taste for terror. See more »

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Horror

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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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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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

2 weeks into production, director Milcho Manchevski was sacked. Robert Carlyle reached out to his friend Antonia Bird to step in, having enjoyed his working relationship with her when they made Priest (1994), Safe (1995), and Face (1997). See more »

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A single horse weighs over 1,000lbs, Colqhoun's group had several horses and several oxen. This would have been thousands of pounds of meat for 10 people for a few months at most. See more »

Quotes

Ives: You remember this? You smell it? The scent... always jogs the memory, don't you think? Remember the energy? The potency of someone else coursing through your veins? Someone brave. You know the disappointment as it dissipates; the strength slipping from your grasp. The growing, killing need to replenish. But I don't have to remind you of that. You're feeling it right now.
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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 »

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

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Director Antonia Bird Has Crafted a Grippingly Intense and Bizarrely Original Film, that Defies Pigeonholing or Labeling!
24 October 2013 | by KissEnglishPastoSee all my reviews

............................................................from Pasto,Colombia...Via: L.A. CA., CALI, COLOMBIA and ORLANDO, FL

A Cult-Classic Masterpiece! Director Antonia Bird, has me totally convinced of her boundless talent! She has crafted a grippingly intense and bizarrely original film, that defies any attempt at pigeonholing or labeling! It is, at times, amusing, often deftly ironic, chillingly irreverent, with moments of intentional political INcorrectness, and ever so subtly feminist at its core.

Juxtapositioning, with flawless style and sobering effectiveness, diverse elements of Horror, Period Western, Action-Adventure, Psychodrama, Suspense and the Supernatural, against a backdrop of some of the most breathtakingly dazzling outdoor scenery imaginable(Shot near Durango, Mexico), and set to a perversely inspired musical score that highlights the full potential of music to shape the ambiance of a film and provide the psychological equivalent of running your fingernails across a blackboard!

Ms. Bird has managed to coax truly riveting performances from each member of a superb cast! Guy Pearce(L.A.Confidential), starring as Captain Boyd, provides us with an uncannily haunting portrait of a tormented pacifist soldier, in the throws of a fierce struggle for his own soul!

Robert Carlyle(Trainspotting) was icily convincing as a fanatically focused, but utterly deranged cannibal in uniform. Jeffrey Jones, in an oddly empathetic change of pace role, played mild-mannered Colonel Hart, plagued by an interminable list of human frailties. Thusly, he is easily subverted by the sinister Ives(Carlyle). Despite all of the aforementioned accolades, I feel I must offer a word of caution: Ravenous is undoubtedly NOT suited to everyone's taste!

Though it has scarcely a few moments of starkly violent or macabre footage, these moments seem so devastatingly repulsive, that they don't go away easily. Consequently, I'd hesitate to throw out the Welcome Mat on this One! If you don't particularly care for the extremely bizarre, you might just want to stay clear of RAVENOUS. 9*.....ENJOY/DISFRUTELA!

Any comments, questions or observations, in English o en Español, are most welcome!

KissEnglishPasto@Yahoo.com


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