Cut and Run (film)

Cut and Run (Italian: Inferno in diretta) is a 1985 Italian exploitation thriller film directed by Ruggero Deodato, written by Cesare Frugoni and Dardano Sacchetti, and starring Lisa Blount, Leonard Mann, Willie Aames, Richard Lynch and Michael Berryman.[3][4]

Cut and Run
Italian theatrical release poster
Directed byRuggero Deodato
Screenplay by
Story by
  • Cesare Frugoni
  • Dardano Sacchetti[1]
Music byClaudio Simonetti[1]
CinematographyAlberto Spagnoli[1]
Edited byMario Morra[1]
Racing Pictures[1]
Distributed byCDE Compagnia Distribuzione Europea[1]
Release date
8 August 1985


The film follows a reporter (Lisa Blount) and her cameraman investigating a war in the jungles of South America between drug cartels and the cult-like cannibal army of Colonel Brian Horne (Richard Lynch).



Cut and Run was originally slated to be directed by Wes Craven with the working title Marimba.[5] It was initially going to star Tim McIntire, Dirk Benedict and Christopher Mitchum.[6] The film was produced in two separate versions, a "softer" R-rated cut intended for the North American market, and a "harder" version for theatrical release in Europe. The latter features additional, graphic kill scenes and gore not present in the former. Several key sequences were shot twice, once with a "soft" take, and a second time with a "harder" take.[7]


Cut and Run was released in Italy 8 August 1985.[2] It was released direct-to-video in the United States by New World Pictures on 2 May 1986.[2] After being absent on home video for many years, the film was released on Blu-ray by Code Red, with a new 2K restoration of the both the R-rated and Unrated cuts.[8]

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  1. ^ a b c d e f g "Inferno in diretta (1985)". (in Italian). Retrieved September 23, 2018.
  2. ^ a b c Brennan, Sandra. "Cut and Run (1985) - Ruggero Deodato | Synopsis, Characteristics, Moods, Themes and Related". AllMovie. Archived from the original on June 29, 2012. Retrieved September 23, 2018.
  3. ^ Roberto Chiti; Roberto Poppi; Enrico Lancia. Dizionario del cinema italiano: I film. Gremese, 2000. ISBN 978-8877424235.
  4. ^ Marco Giusti (1999). Dizionario dei film italiani stracult. Sperling & Kupfer. ISBN 978-8820029197.
  5. ^ Gore, Father (2016-12-16). "Deodato Spearheads Corruption with CUT & RUN". Father Son Holy Gore. Retrieved 2019-01-19.
  6. ^ Stine 2003, p. 169.
  7. ^ "Cut and Run". Retrieved 2019-01-19.
  8. ^ "Cut and Run". Ronin Flix. Retrieved 2019-01-19.


  • Harper, Jim (2004). Legacy of Blood: A Comprehensive Guide to Slasher Movies. Critical Vision. ISBN 978-1-900-48639-2.CS1 maint: ref=harv (link)
  • Stine, Scott Aaron (2003). The Gorehound's Guide to Splatter Films of the 1980s. McFarland. ISBN 978-0786415328.CS1 maint: ref=harv (link)

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