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At Theaters: 3/19/1999 On Video: 9/21/1999
Rated: R Length: 1 hr. 41 min.
Internet: Web Site Movie ID: 039908
Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
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In a desolate military outpost staggers a stranger, Colqhoun, a half-starved Scot who had been traveling with a group of settlers until they became snowbound. Seeking refuge in a cave, they soon ran out of food - and were forced to consume one another. Colqhoun barely escaped becoming an hors d'oeuvre himself.

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Horror - Those with a taste for something offbeat will enjoy this atypically satirical thriller. The film is graphically violent, limiting its audience to younger adults; older viewers will be repelled, and the film is wholly unsuitable for children.
Cast and Crew Heading
Guy Pearce (L.A. Confidential)
Robert Carlyle (The Full Monty)
Director: Antonia Bird (Mad Love)
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About The Production
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PROFANITY: Occasional use of very mild profanity.
SEX/NUDITY: Fleeting nudity in a non-sexual context.
VIOLENCE: Extreme, bloody depictions of human slaughter and cannibalism.
DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Occasional alcohol consumption.
ACTION: Some fights and suspenseful sequences.
COMEDY: An air of dark humor throughout.

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Above Average
I cannot say that I was ever bored by Ravenous, director Antonia Bird's very bloody tale of cannibalism in the 19th Century Sierra Nevadas. The interesting cast (including L.A. Confidential's Guy Pearce, The Full Monty's Robert Carlyle, and Saving Private Ryan's Jeremy Davies) and its deliciously disgusting subject matter always keep it watchable and--dare I say it--amusing. There's nothing wrong with that, but in attempting to be something more (legend-based mysticism, social satire), the film ends up offering even less to chew on.

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Based on an Exit Polling of 61 Moviegoers

Ages Age Group
Your Probability of
Enjoying This Movie
Movie To Friends
13-19Teens (M)
About 50/50
13-19Teens (F)
Fairly Low
20-29Yg Adults (M)
Fairly High
20-29Yg Adults (F)
Fairly Low
30+Adults (M)
About 50/50
30+Adults (F)
Fairly Low
*Possible Ratings: Very High, High, Fairly High, About 50/50, Fairly Low, Low, Very Low.

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In 1847, the United States was a land of pioneers, of gold-starved Americans making their way west. It was a period of Manifest Destiny, the inevitability of the country extending its boundaries, stretching out its arms and consuming all the land it could.

Capt. John Boyd (Guy Pearce) has become both a "hero" and a victim during this period of relentless consumption ... in ways he could never have imagined. Boyd's journey to hell begins when an act of cowardice during a horrific Mexican-American War battle earns him banishment to a desolate military outpost, a waystation for western travelers in the barren and icy Sierra Nevada mountains in California.

Upon his arrival he is greeted by a small, motley group of soldiers, including his commanding officer, Hart (Jeffrey Jones), a man who has pretty much given up on life; Toffler (Jeremy Davies), the fort's personal emissary to the Lord; Knox (Stephen Spinella), the "doctor" who never met a bottle of whiskey he didn't like; Reich (Neal McDonough), the no-nonsense soldier of the group; and the over-medicated Cleaves (David Arquette), a cook whose meals are inspired more by peyote than culinary ambitions.

Into this cold, bleak and bizarre world staggers a stranger, Colqhoun (Robert Carlyle), a half-starved Scot who had been traveling with a group of settlers until they became snowbound. Seeking refuge in a cave, they soon ran out of food - and were forced to consume one another. Colqhoun barely escaped becoming an hors d'oeuvre himself.

Colqhoun's tale has ramifications beyond cannibalism and the will to survive. It involves an old Indian myth called Weendigo, which states that a man who eats the flesh of another steals that person's strength, spirit and very essence. His hunger becomes an insatiable craving: the more he eats, the more he wants, and the stronger he becomes. There can never be enough, and death is the only escape.

Boyd and the others soon get up close and personal with the Weendigo legend after discovering that Colqhoun holds an incredible secret, one that eventually will present Boyd with the ultimate carnivorous conundrum: whether to eat dinner or be dinner. It's feast or famine for this beleaguered soldier: will he die a lonely hero's death.. . or become a cannibalistic abomination - happy, strong and glowing with health?

Bon appetite!

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