All the Fine Young Cannibals

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All the Fine Young Cannibals
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Directed by Michael Anderson
Written by Rosamond Marshall (novel)
Robert Thom (screenplay)
Starring Robert Wagner
Natalie Wood
Susan Kohner
George Hamilton
Music by Jeff Alexander
Cinematography William H. Daniels
Distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Release date(s) September 15, 1960 (1960-09-15)
Running time 112 min.
Country USA
Language English
Budget $1,638,000[1]
Box office $1,810,000[1]

All the Fine Young Cannibals is a 1960 film directed by Michael Anderson, based on the novel by Rosamond Marshall starring Robert Wagner, Natalie Wood, Susan Kohner, George Hamilton, and Pearl Bailey.[2]


The story concerns the lives of Chad Bixby (Wagner) and Sarah "Salome" Davis (Wood) – how they are forced apart by bad circumstances and brought together by chance. The film examines the experience of starting off "dirt poor" and ending up "idle rich", in a melodramatic style; but concludes that after the changes in lifestyle, the personalities remain the same. The story is loosely based on the life of Chet Baker. The film was the first Wagner and Wood made as husband and wife.

The film was the inspiration for the name of the 1980s musical group Fine Young Cannibals.[3]


Box office[edit]

According to MGM records the film earned $950,000 in the US and Canada and $860,000 elsewhere, resulting in a loss of $1,108,000.[1]


  1. ^ a b c The Eddie Mannix Ledger, Los Angeles: Margaret Herrick Library, Center for Motion Picture Study .
  2. ^ "All the Fine Young Cannibals". The New York Times. 
  3. ^ Jessica Berens (April 1986). "Fine Young Cannibals – They're England's latest sultans of soul. Soon they'll be bringing it on home to America, where at least a band can get a decent meal". Spin Magazine. p. 73. Retrieved 11 September 2010. 

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