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Cut and Run (1985)

Inferno in diretta (original title)
A reporter and her cameraman connect a surviving Jonestown leader and a TV exec's missing son to a drug war where jungle installations are being massacred by an army of natives and a skilled white assassin.

Director:

Ruggero Deodato

Writers:

Cesare Frugoni (story and screenplay), Dardano Sacchetti (story and screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Lisa Blount ... Fran Hudson
Leonard Mann ... Mark Ludman
Willie Aames ... Tommy Allo
Richard Lynch ... Colonel Brian Horne
Richard Bright ... Bob Allo
Michael Berryman ... Quecho
Eriq La Salle ... Fargas (as Eriq Lasalle)
Gabriele Tinti ... Manuel
Valentina Forte ... Ana
John Steiner ... Vlado
Karen Black ... Karin
Barbara Magnolfi ... Rita
Luca Barbareschi ... Bud, the helicopter pilot
Penny Brown ... Lucy
Carlos de Carvalho Carlos de Carvalho ... Tony Martina
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Storyline

A cameraman and a reporter head into the jungle searching for the missing son of a TV producer hoping to find a big story. What they get caught up in is a drug war which threatens to take their own lives. Written by Sujit R. Varma

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Assignment : Survival See more »


Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

Italy

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

2 May 1986 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Amazon: Savage Adventure See more »

Filming Locations:

Miami, Florida, USA See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$374,530
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Racing Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (R-rated) | (cut)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Telecolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Lisa Blount was going through some personal issues during the shoot that affected her performance on the film. She did get along with the cast but she was not all there emotionally according to Willie Aames. See more »

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During the intro titles as the camera is following the woman holding the baby, as she steps onto an escalator there is a man behind her wearing a grey T-shirt who is carrying a shoulder bag with a red strap. However as the camera shot changes to show her getting off at the end, the man is suddenly now in front and can be seen stepping off and walking ahead of her. See more »

Quotes

Colonel Brian Horne: There are no answers... ...only actions.
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Alternate Versions

There were 2 different versions of this film made for different markets. The first version was a straight forward action film, which was made for the US market (to get an R certificate) and for countries like the UK where censorship restrictions where problematic. However the director filmed several additional extra gory scenes for use in Italy, Japan and other countries that demanded a "stronger" version. These included alternate takes on the intro fight scene, the drug house massacre and the raid on the jungle camp, which featured additional violence nudity and gore. The US DVD by Anchor Bay is of the extra gory version, however the extra gore scenes are presented in Italian language with English sub-titles. They claim that the the extra-gory version was never dubbed into English (actually the whole film was primarily shot in English in "live" sound recording), however the Hong Kong VCD of this version was presented in English, indicating that full English language prints of this version did exist. See more »

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Fun Bit of Exploitation
23 December 2017 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Cut and Run (1985)

** 1/2 (out of 4)

Reporter Fran Hudson (Lisa Blount) takes her cameraman Mark (Leonard Mann) to the jungle to try and locate the son (Willie Aames) of a television executive who went missing. Pretty soon they learn that someone who was believed killed at Jonestown actually survived and appears to be building a new cult around the drug cartels.

Ruggero Deodato's third film in his cannibal series isn't nearly as known as JUNGLE HOLOCAUST or CANNIBAL HOLOCAUST but in its own way CUT AND RUN is a memorable little movie as long as you don't go into it expecting anything like the first two films. Apparently this screenplay was originally meant to be directed by Wes Craven but when he walked the screenplay pretty much stayed. This isn't your typical Italian cannibal movie but instead an attempt to make a more mainstream picture. In a lot of ways this here reminded me of a Cannon picture.

I say that because you've got an exploitation movie that has the budget of something you'd expect from Cannon. I will give Deodato credit in the fact that he managed to turn in a fairly good adventure and he didn't shy away from the sleaze. There's all sorts of nudity in the film, some insane violence and all of this makes for a very entertaining film. There are all sorts of violence in the film including some decapitations and various other body parts being chopped off. If you're idea of fun is gore then there's certainly plenty of that here. The sleaze factor is certainly up there so fans of that should be happy.

Another major plus is the fact that you've got some very familiar faces. I thought Blount, Mann and Aames were all quite good in their roles but you've also got Richard Lynch, Richard Bright, Karen Black and cult favorite Michael Berryman. While none of the characters are well-written, the cast is at least entertaining enough to keep you into the movie. There's even a pretty good jump scare where the director puts your focus on some crocodiles only to have something else happen.

CUT AND RUN doesn't have the greatest idea for a plot and there are some other minor issues but if you're a fan of this type of movie then it makes for a good adventure film.


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