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The Legend of Alfred Packer (1980)

Based on a true story of Colorado's only convicted killer/cannibal Alfred Packer.


James W. Roberson (as Jim Roberson)


Chuck Meyers, Burton Raffel (screenplay) | 1 more credit »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Patrick Dray Patrick Dray ... Alfred G. 'Alferd' Packer
Ronald Haines Ronald Haines ... Shannon Wilson Bell
Jim Dratfield Jim Dratfield ... George ' California' Noon
Bob Damon Bob Damon ... Israel Swan
Dave Ellingson Dave Ellingson ... James Humphrey (Humphreys)
Ronny Holiday Ronny Holiday ... Frank 'Reddy' Miller
William Broder William Broder ... Gunman (W.W. 'Plug Hat' Anderson)
Teresa Wickersham Teresa Wickersham ... Receptionist
Lawrence Bleir Lawrence Bleir ... McMurphy
Cynthia Nessin Cynthia Nessin ... Polly Pry (Mrs. Leonel Ross O'Bryan)
Jim Beaman Jim Beaman ... Newspaper Executive #1 (Frederick G. Bonfils)
Lester Miller Lester Miller ... Newspaper Executive #2 (Harry H. Tammen)
Ruth Seder Ruth Seder ... Landlady
J. Michael Eckert J. Michael Eckert ... Guard
Tom Peru ... O.D. Loutsenhizer


Alfred (also known as Alferd) Packer promoted himself as a guide to a group of pioneers hoping to find silver in the mountains of Colorado. After wandering through the wilderness with his clients, insisting that he knew where he was going, it soon became evident that the group was hopelessly lost, and would have to face the harsh winter on their own. As food supplies ran out and the men began to starve, Packer made the fateful decision to save himself by any means possible, and use his unlucky clients as food. Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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1 February 1980 (USA) See more »

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Amateurish but entertaining, offbeat western based on a true story
29 June 2002 | by WturnerbillSee all my reviews

The Legend of Alfred Packer is the unbelievable true story of the only man ever convicted in the U.S. of cannibalism, the same story later told in the film "Cannibal! the Musical", and partially told in "Ravenous". This film is unintentionally funny as it was so ineptly acted. The two actors that play the grotesque mountain men\trappers steal the show, while Packer is portrayed as a burley, half-crazed Civil War vet. Despite the bad acting, the locations and costumes are great. The direction is adequate but the internal and night-time scenes are very dark, resulting from either bad lighting or a bad video transfer. I cannot tell. Watching this movie it's easy to see that it was used as a reference for "Cannibal!" as some of the scenes, narrative devices, and even a costume design exactly parallel the ones in this movie. Despite it's shortcomings, I did enjoy seeing it.

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