Mutzmag or the Girl Who Killed the Cannibals (1992)

“Mutzmag” is an Appalachian variant of a Scottish tale, “Molly Whuppy,” brought to the United States by early immigrants. It is set in the Appalachian baclcwoods, circa 1920. Mutzmag is a 12-year-old girl who lives with her mother and her two abusive half-sisters, Poll and Nance, in a tumble-down shack on the edge of a cabbage patch. After their mother dies, the girls decide to leave the mountain shack and “seek their fortunes” in the city. On the way they encounter a witch and a simple-minded, but brutal giant who plot to kill and eat the girls. Thanks to Mutzmag’s quick thinking, the girls escape.

Starring: Robbie Sams (Mutzmag), Sheilia Kay Adams (Mother), Eve Moening (Poll), Michelle Johson (Nance), Nancy Robinette (Scared Lady), Stephanie Jones (Witch), Bart Whiteman (Giant), Jerry Plemmons (Rich Man), Jan Meredith (Rich Man's Wife).

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Awards

CINE Golden Eagle, American Film Festival, Blue Ribbon

Licensing

For licensing, film rights and permissions, contact Tom Davenport, the distributor Davenport Films, or Folkstreams.

Film Details

  • Film by: Tom Davenport
  • Produced by: Tom and Mimi Davenport
  • Cinematographer: Douglas Miller
  • Sound: Michael Delalla
  • Editor: Thom Shepherd
  • Other Credits: Doug Ball (Set design), Sarah Toth (Associate Director), Barry Dornfeld (Production Manager)
  • Funding: National Endowment for the Humanities
  • Original Format: Film: 16mm
  • ©1992, Tom Davenport
  • 50 mins, Color
  • Categories:
    Folktales (adaptations)