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May 1970 (Japan) See more »
The Scavengers Were Rotten to the Core - Thoroughly Disgusting, And Had a Serious Freudian Problem... You'll Probably Love Them
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Despite its low budget a very interesting film See more (4 total) »


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John Bliss ... Captain Steve Harris (as Jonathan Bliss)
Maria Lease ... Faith
Michael Divoka ... Sgt. Ward
Roda Spain ... Nancy
John Riazzi ... Carson
Wes Bishop ... Dillon

Bruce Kimball ... Jud
Sanford Mitchell ... Parker
Tom Siegel ... Bradley
Jody Berry ... Williams
Paul Wilmoth ... Cpl. Mason

Uschi Digard ... Lucile (as Ushi Digart)
James E. McLarty ... Mr. Marsh
Claudia Siefried ... Ellie
Karen Swanson ... Min
Warren James ... Lt. Nelson

Paul Hunt ... Sgt. Ivers
James K. Shea ... Pvt. Morse
Freddy Mizrahi ... Pvt. Johnson
Ben Adams ... Pvt. Bishop
Tom Bowden Jr. ... Polie
Fig Blackman ... Jefferson
Ben Cadlett ... Jess
Robert Jones ... Jeremiah
James Gordon ... Elijah
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Lee Frost ... Lt. Kincaid
Grant Lee ... Cal
Tim Wade ... Pvt. MacGlaughlin

Directed by
Lee Frost  (as R.L. Frost)
Writing credits
Bob Cresse (written by) (as R.W. Cresse)

Produced by
Bob Cresse .... producer (as R.W. Cresse)
Wes Bishop .... producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
Lee Frost 
Paul Hunt 
Cinematography by
Robert Maxwell (director of photography) (as Bob Maxwell)
Film Editing by
B. Richard Connors 
Paul Hunt  (as Paul E. Hunt)
Set Decoration by
John Fry 
Makeup Department
Dennis Marsh .... makeup artist
Production Management
Wes Bishop .... production supervisor (as Wesdon Bishop)
Ronald Víctor García .... production manager (as Ronald V. Garcia)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Don Baker .... assistant director
Ted Scarborough .... unit director
Art Department
Joe Anthony .... set designer
Dick Maddox .... set constructor
Sound Department
Ken Gibson .... sound assistant
Sam Kopetzky .... sound engineer
Jody Berry .... foley artist (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Joe Zomar .... special effects
Charles Bail .... stunt coordinator (as Chuck Bail)
Camera and Electrical Department
Joseph Bardo .... camera operator (as Joe Bardo)
Ralph Dale .... grip
Bob Johnson .... assistant gaffer
Curby Myles .... grip
Russ Nannarello .... lighting director
Spike Nannarello .... best boy gaffer
Joe Newman .... key grip
James K. Shea .... camera operator
Jim Stemme .... electrician
Joel Sussman .... still photographer
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Phyllis Carter .... wardrobe: women
Steve Moon .... wardrobe
Other crew
Diana Ashley .... continuity
Claudia Van Derbee .... wrangler
Ken Weilend .... wrangler

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Also Known As:
"Ambush!" -
"Rebel Vixens" -
"Renegade Raiders" -
"The Grabbers" - USA (reissue title)
"Tombstone Territory" - USA (video title)
"Cache ta femme, prends ton fusil, voici les scavengers" - France
"Den blodige sex-bande fra Arizona" - Denmark (imdb display title)
"Die Aasgeier" - Austria
"I symmoria ton arpahtikon" - Greece (transliterated ISO-LATIN-1 title)
"Lännen haaskalinnut" - Finland (informal title)
"Les scavengers" - France (video title)
"Nascondi la tua donna... prendi il fucile... arrivano... The Scavengers" - Italy (long title)
"Saatanat. Tosi hurja joukko" - Finland (informal title)
"Satan" - Finland (Swedish title) (informal title)
"Scavengers" - West Germany
"The Scavengers" - Italy (imdb display title)
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USA:94 min
Color (Eastmancolor)
Sound Mix:
Brazil:18 | Canada:18+ (Quebec) | Finland:(Banned) (1984) (uncut) | Finland:(Banned) (1972) (heavily cut) | Finland:(Banned) (1971) (uncut) | France:18 | UK:X | USA:X

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9 out of 15 people found the following review useful.
Despite its low budget a very interesting film, 12 September 2000
Author: KuRt-33 ( from Antwerp, Belgium

This is not just another movie about the American Civil War, it's a special one. True, it's very low budget and that can sometimes irritate you. But if you cast away that minor irritations, there's plenty to enjoy. The movie is about the period only months after the Civil War ended. A Southern captain never told his men that the war was over, so they go on with their killing and raping. They go to a place where the Yankees will pass with a gold transport and they wait for a chance to get the gold. They expect 300.000 dollars, but the actual amount is much less, somewhere around 2400 dollars. The captain tortures a soldier and rapes his future wife and her (black) servant till he will tell where the rest of the gold is. (Of course, it isn't there. They only transported lots of gold during the War and the war is over now.)

The movie came out in the same year as The Wild Bunch and there are a few similarities. Like Peckinpah's movie there are no real good guys and bad guys. The Southern soldiers don't know the war is over. When you hear what happened to the captain, you'll understand his hate for the Yankees and black people. You can't really say the black servant is protected by her mistress and her soldier. The black people in a nearby town have some part in the story, but their intentions aren't noble either. Which is true about most wars: it's difficult to say who are the good guys.

Another similarity between The Scavengers and The Wild Bunch is that the slow motion technique is used in both movies. Though Sam Peckinpah gets most of the credit for this technique, it's only fair to say that the slow motion scenes are better used in this movie. Especially in one of the rape scenes it's very effective and quite nauseating.

Which is a nice link to my remark that there's lot of nudity in the movie, maybe even a bit too much. With a little less naked breasts and a bit more money The Scavengers could have become a classic. Now it's a very interesting cult movie.

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