All the Fine Young Cannibals

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All the Fine Young Cannibals
All the fine young cannibals poster.jpg
Directed byMichael Anderson
Produced byPandro S. Berman
Written byRobert Thom
Based onnovel The Bixby Girls by Rosamond Marshall
StarringRobert Wagner
Natalie Wood
Susan Kohner
George Hamilton
Music byJeff Alexander
CinematographyWilliam H. Daniels
Edited byJohn McSweeney, Jr.
Distributed byLoew's Inc.[1]
Release date
September 15, 1960 (1960-09-15)
Running time
112 min.
CountryUnited States
Box office$1,810,000[2]

All the Fine Young Cannibals is a 1960 American film directed by Michael Anderson, based on the novel by Rosamond Marshall starring Robert Wagner, Natalie Wood, Susan Kohner, George Hamilton, and Pearl Bailey.[3] Hamilton said it "combined Southern Gothic with a biopic of jazzman Chet Baker".[4]


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 story centers on two married couples and a child. Before both couples married, the husband of one impregnated the wife of the other and now they must decide to whom the children belong.



All the Fine Young Cannibals was the first film Wagner and Wood made together.[5]

George Hamilton says Vincente Minelli shot an ending for the film that was not used.[6]

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.[2]


The film's title was the inspiration for the name of the 1980s musical group Fine Young Cannibals.[7]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ All the Fine Young Cannibals at the American Film Institute Catalog
  2. ^ a b c The Eddie Mannix Ledger, Los Angeles: Margaret Herrick Library, Center for Motion Picture Study.
  3. ^ "All the Fine Young Cannibals". The New York Times.
  4. ^ George Hamilton & William Stadiem, Don't Mind If I Do, Simon & Schuster 2008 p 139
  5. ^ Smooth Sailing for the Wagners: Sure Sign of Success in Hollywood: Bob and Nat Are Buying Fifth Boat Hopper, Hedda. Chicago Daily Tribune (1923-1963) [Chicago, Ill] 24 Jan 1960: f22.
  6. ^ Interview with George Hamilton accessed 23 December 2014
  7. ^ 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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