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Cannibals in the Streets (1980)

Apocalypse domani (original title)
Giovanni Lambardo Radice and John Saxon are Vietman vets that bring back contagious virus that turn people into cannibals when bitten.

Director:

Antonio Margheriti (as Anthony M. Dawson)

Writers:

Antonio Margheriti (screenplay) (as Anthony M. Dawson), Dardano Sacchetti (screenplay) (as Jimmy Gould) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
John Saxon ... Norman Hopper
Elizabeth Turner Elizabeth Turner ... Jane Hopper
Giovanni Lombardo Radice ... Charlie Bukowski (as John Morghen)
Cinzia De Carolis ... Mary (as Cindy Hamilton)
Tony King ... Tom Thompson
Wallace Wilkinson ... Captain McCoy
Ramiro Oliveros ... Dr. Phil Mendez (as Ray Williams)
John Geroson John Geroson ... Policeman
May Heatherly ... Nurse Helen
Ronnie Sanders Ronnie Sanders ... Orderly
Vic Perkins Vic Perkins ... Biker
Jere Beery Jere Beery ... Biker Leader
Joan Riordan Joan Riordan ... Aunt Tina
Laura Dean ... Brunette Jogger
Lonnie R. Smith Jr. Lonnie R. Smith Jr. ... Biker (as Lonnie Smith)
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Storyline

It starts off in Vietnam where John Saxon gets bitten by P.O.W. John Morghen who has been infected with some sort of cannibal virus. A few decades later in Atlanta, Georgia, Saxon wakes up from a nightmare flashback of what actually happened back in 'Nam. Saxon then receives a call from Morghen asking him if he wants to go out for a drink but Saxon refuses remembering the incident in 'Nam. Morghen has turned into a cannibal and is soon on the run after biting into a woman's neck. He barricades himself in a department store and shoots some folks with a shotgun. The cannibal virus spreads and soon Saxon joins veterans Morghen and Tony King along with some others to wreak some havoc. Written by Sujit R. Varma

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Taglines:

POW's in Vietnam...starved in captivity...released with a taste for human flesh. See more »


Certificate:

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Country:

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Language:

Italian | Spanish

Release Date:

18 September 1981 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Cannibals in the Streets See more »

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Mono

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

The film watched by Bukowski on the cinema is From Hell to Victory (1979) which starred May Heatherly, who plays the role of the infected nurse Helen. See more »

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One scene of police cars speeding through downtown Atlanta shows that they are missing all of their vehicle decals, whereas the correct markings are present in all other scenes. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Norman Hopper: Get away from it you asshole... get away take cover
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Alternate Versions

U.S. version (with the screen title 'Invasion of the Flesh Hunters' was heavily censored of gore to earn an "R" rating instead of an "X". This version is still available on a budget USA DVD. See more »

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Features From Hell to Victory (1979) See more »

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Gives new meaning to the term "empty stomach"
7 February 2003 | by doktor dSee all my reviews

Antonio Margheriti's ‘Cannibal Apocalypse' (1980), starring B movie staple John Saxon and the appropriately cast Giovanni Lombardo Radice (`John Morghen'), is a unique entry in a subgenre known for its grade Z brand of filmmaking. A rabid POW bites Hopper (Saxon), a U.S. Army captain in Vietnam. Years later, back in America, Hopper dreams about the incident and begins to crave raw meat. As it turns out, his POW buddies have passed along a communicable disease – cannibalism! Margheriti's extreme metaphor is an original, astute comment on the lasting effects of the Vietnam War.

The gore highlight in ‘Apocalypse' occurs in the sewer when Bukowski (Radice) is shot through the stomach. Raw ground beef falls out of his midsection, creating a gaping hole through which the viewer can see more action. An extreme, sick but effective and impressive special effect. The image appeared on the poster ads at the time of the film's release, and the same image fills the cover of the dvd packaging. The hyped scene certainly lives up to the hype and has always been the film's main draw.

Also known by no less than ten other titles, ‘Apocalypse' has been fully restored to its original, gut-munching length on the Image/Studio Canal dvd. The disc includes a one-hour documentary, which features excellent, revealing interviews with Radice, Saxon and Margheriti. Radice speaks of his regrets making Lenzi's sick ‘Cannibal Ferox'; Saxon claims that he's never seen ‘Cannibal Apocalypse'; and Margheriti mentions that, among his own films, ‘Cannibal' is Quentin Tarantino's favorite.

Radice, a Shakespearean/stage actor, comes across as rather appealing. It's interesting to note that he began his film career (circa 1980) making these low budget Italian gore films and, more than twenty years later, scored a wee part in Scorsese's ‘Gangs of New York'. Radice also graces the screen with his grim, sometimes bewildering presence in Fulci's ‘Gates of Hell' and in many of Michele Soavi's films. --- david ross smith


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