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The Mafu Cage

The Mafu Cage

Lee Grant
Director: Karen Arthur Cast: Lee Grant
Lee Grant
, Carol Kane
Carol Kane
, Will Geer
Will Geer
Karen Arthur


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In this combination of domestic melodrama and offbeat suspense flick, an astronomer must shoulder the burden of caring for and sleeping with her mentally ill sister after their anthropologist father dies in Africa. Ellen (Lee Grant) and Cissy (Carol Kane) share a possibly incestuous relationship, but that doesn't stop Ellen from longing for a more conventional romance with nice-guy co-worker David (James Olson). And who could blame her for wanting to get away, considering that Cissy's favorite activity is drawing pictures of, then killing, the series of primates she keeps locked in a cage in the sisters' baroquely tribal abode? After sleeping with David and accidentally letting her resentment against Cissy show through, Ellen heads out on a business trip, convinced her sister won't come too unhinged as long as old family friend Zom (Will Geer) looks in on her every day. Unfortunately, David comes knocking, delighted to finally get some insight into Ellen's home life, and soon Cissy has trouble differentiating one kind of primate from another. Based on a French play, The Mafu Cage marked the second effort behind the camera for former actress Karen Arthur, who would go on to become an in-demand TV-movie director.

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Product Details

Release Date: 01/11/2022
UPC: 0738329257514
Original Release: 1978
Rating: R
Source: Code Red
Time: 1:41:00
Sales rank: 1,753

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Lee Grant Ellen
Carol Kane Cissy
Will Geer Zom
James Olson David
Natalie Delon Actor
Massimo Girotti Actor
Susan Strasberg Actor
Budar Actor

Technical Credits
Karen Arthur Director,Executive Producer
John Bailey Cinematographer
Don Chastain Screenwriter
Roger Kellaway Score Composer
Carol Littleton Editor
Gary L. Triano Executive Producer
Diana Young Producer

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