• Publication date: July 10, 2014

Ravenous

After his whole unit is massacred in the Mexican-American War (1846-1848), Second Lieutenant Boyd is forced to play possum. After being transported with the bodies, in a fit of bravery, he overtakes the Mexican encampment. Promoted to Captain, his CO recognizes the cowardice in the manner the Mexicans were defeated and so ‘rewards’ him by sending him to the remote Fort Spencer in the Sierra Nevada mountains, where a stranger- Colqhoun arrives with a harrowing tale…

Program data

Duration: 120

Production Year: 1999

MBC 2:

July 11, 2014 01:00 (KSA) ~ July 11, 2014 00:00 (CLT)

After his whole unit is massacred in the Mexican-American War (1846-1848), Second Lieutenant Boyd (Guy Pearce) is forced to play possum to survive. After being transported with the bodies of his comrades, in a fit of bravery, he overtakes the Mexican encampment. Promoted to Captain, his CO recognizes the cowardice in the manner the Mexicans were defeated and so ‘rewards’ him by sending him to the remote Fort Spencer in the Sierra Nevada mountains.

After getting to know the Fort-regulars: Hart (Jeffrey Jones), the despondent commanding officer; Toffler (Jeremy Davies), the company chaplain; Knox (Stephen Spinella), the drunken doctor; Reich (Neal McDonough), the only real soldier of the group; and Cleaves (David Arquette), the heavily medicated camp cook. Boyd and the other inhabitants are visited by a half-dead, frost-bitten stranger, Colqhoun (Robert Carlyle), who tells them a harrowing tale of their squadron leader and guide, Colonel Ives, who drove the travel party in circles and eventually after taking refuge from the snow in a cave, Ives converted the party members into cannibals, convincing them that eating each other was their only way to survive. Whenever one of them starved to death, or seemed like he was close to being next…

Starring:

  • Guy Pearce
  • Robert Carlyle
  • Jeremy Davies
  • Jeffrey Jones
  • Stephen Spinella
  • John Spencer
  • Neal McDonough
  • David Arquette

Directed by:  Antonia Bird

Rating:  R for considerable gore and strong violence.