William Dorn decides to get back at all the people he blames for the overdose death of his daughter and the break up of his marriage, so he decides to go on a bombing spree. His first ... See full summary »

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Lieutenant Geronimo Minneli
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William Dorn
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George Fromley
Hank Brandt ...
Inspector Blake
Christina Hart ...
Fromley's Victim
Faith Quabius ...
Martha
Ilona Wilson ...
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Nancy Honnold ...
Anne Dorn
Ted Gehring ...
Police Chief Marc C. Forester
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Shelly the Stripper
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William Dorn decides to get back at all the people he blames for the overdose death of his daughter and the break up of his marriage, so he decides to go on a bombing spree. His first target is his daughter's old high school, which he all but destroys. His next target is the mental hospital where his daughter was when she died and his final target is the feminist organization his ex-wife was a member of. However, during his attack on the hospital there are two people who witness this action, a creepy rapist named George Fromley and his victim, a young mute girl. When police detective Geronimo Minelli is assigned to the case he must find Fromley not only to keep him from striking again, but to keep him alive before the Dorn makes him his next victim. Written by Brian Washington <Sargebri@att.net>

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[first lines]
[man throws cup on sidewalk]
William Dorn: You just littered the street.
Pedestrian on sidewalk: But it was empty.
William Dorn: Well, I want you to go back and pick up your trash.
Pedestrian on sidewalk: What?
William Dorn: I said I want you to go back and pick it up.
Pedestrian on sidewalk: Like hell I will.
William Dorn: It's people like you that make our world filthy my friend. You're a pig! Did you hear what I said? Tell me.
Pedestrian on sidewalk: It's people like me that make our world filthy, I'm a pig.
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Vince Edwards hunts mad bomber Chuck Connors with the help of rapist Neville Brand
26 June 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"The Mad Bomber" is a tense picture with fine performances and three far out characters. The bomber (Chuck Connors) has lost it due to the death by drug overdose of his daughter. He's intent on detonating bombs until the public starts behaving, and he finds fault everywhere. The bomber is almost prim and prissy as he reprimands people for their minor faults. With his rimless glasses, he is unforgettable. Michael Douglas in "Falling Down" is somewhat in the same set.

Vince Edwards is a very heavy-handed and bitter cop. His trademark is grouchiness. He browbeats and threatens to shoot rapist Neville Brand, unless he gives a description of Connors. Brand is naturally reluctant for fear of incriminating himself for being where he was when he saw Connors.

Brand plays another far-out character. He knows exactly what he's doing, which is getting sex by rape and while watching films he has made of his wife in the nude.

The main characters are all twisted, not to mention that the police are able to round up multiple rapists by putting bait on the streets who wear short shorts. The streets are definitely unsafe.

This kind of movie is what I call 1970s noir, running from roughly 1965 to 1982. It's quite different from the classic style, and it is a transition to the neo-noirs of the 80s and beyond. The corruption, sex, weirdness, sadism, drugs, and brutality are presented in a more up front way than earlier. They are more or less taken for granted. Barriers to explicitness are coming down. Still later in time, the sex becomes more graphic as does the language and the blood. There are more movies of serial killers that start to come in during 1970s noir, such as "The Honeymoon Killers," "In Cold Blood", and "Badlands". The films become more lurid in this period.

"The Mad Bomber" fits right in to this category, and it's not bad if your viewing tastes lean this way, which is partly to be a voyeur looking into sides of life where one does not ordinarily tread.


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