Cut and Run (1985)

R   |    |  Adventure, Horror, Thriller

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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.


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21 December 2019 | ma-cortes
| Thrilling and gory terror/adventure movie with lots of blood and gore
Intriguing and violent Italian movie about two journalists follow a lead to the former South American home of Jim Jones but they are instantly pursued by local guerrillas and natives . These journalists are the following ones : a reporter woman , Lisa Blount, and her cameraman Leonard Mann, both of whom go to South America to find clues of the son : Willie Aames, of a wealthy man : Richard Bright, and to connect a surviving Jonestown leader : Richard Lynch . There they become involved with drug smugglers, kidnappers and bloody native tribes led by Michael Berryman, being finally captured. This is the one story you won't be seeing on the 6 o'clock news. Assignment : survival.

A strange mix of noisy action, adventures, jungle fights, grisly killings and gory scenes. Dealing with an expedition searching for a missing son when they are caught up in a drug war and violent natives that threaten to take their own lives. It is a mediocre but passable film and full of blood and gore. Main cast and support cast are acceptable. Lisa Blount plays an intrepid journalist, the Italian Leonard Mann is her camera helper, Willie Aames an abducted young, Richard Bright as his father, Karen Black as an Tv manager, Michael Berryman as an ominous, creepy native chief, being special mention for Richard Lynch as a nasty, mean preacher, Jim Jones-lookalike and brief appearance by Eriq La Salle.

It contains an atmospheric and glimmer cinematography by Alberto Spagnoli. As well as an anticlimatic musical score composed by Syntesizer by Claudio Simonetti of Goblin, usual musician to Dario Argento's films. Being shot on location in Venezuela and Miami, Florida. The motion picture was regularly directed by Ruggero Deodato. He is a notorious Italian director especially known for today considered classic "Cannibal Holocaust". He has directed all kinds of genres with particular penchant for terror, violence, and adventure movies, such as Jungle holocaust, House on the edge of the park, Bodycount, Dial help, Phantom of death, The washing machine, The raiders of Atlantis, Concorde affair, Live like a cop die like a man, Lone runner, The barbarians, among others . Rating 5/10. Average

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The airstrip for the planes used in the film, which took place at Angel Falls was a very dangerous place to film for a few reasons and mainly because if you did not leave a certain time of day, the cast and crew would spend the entire night in the jungle. Willie Aames caught wind of this from the pilots who kept looking at their watches which was around two o'clock in the afternoon and talking in Spanish, which Aames understood in that they said it was "getting late" to leave the jungle because within the hour (at 3:00) the clouds would roll in and it would be difficult for the pilots to fly in with no radar and they would hit a mountain plateau. Aames angrily told both Ruggerio and the producer that "he was leaving and that he was not spending the night in the jungle. That wasn't going to happen." Ruggerio stated that Aames was overracting to his claims and eventually Aames did leave the set and back to the ranch/hotel that they were staying in. However Aames did not have his luggage or his personal belongings and was still in wardrobe waiting there for almost seven hours when they made radio contact and it was learned that the cast and crew were staying in the prop DZ-9 airplane because they couldn't fly and it was pouring rain. Aames also found out from the same transmission that Lisa Blount had left right after he did and had she arrived at the ranch. Blount was stuck with the pilot somewhere on the other side of the jungle and when she returned, she was "pissed off" according to Aames. The cast and crew eventually made it to a nearby Monastary where they were invited to stay until they could leave the next day. While waiting for the cast and crew, Aames had made friends with some Military attache' including the head of the Special Forces who was a fan of Eight Is Enough and recognized him, that were around the same area looking for a plane that had disappeared around there.


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


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.

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.


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