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Terminal Island (1973)

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It's every man and woman for himself on an island where convicted murderers are dumped, rather than kept in prison.



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In the wake of a Supreme Court decision to outlaw the death penalty, California passes an initiative that designates San Bruno island as a dumping spot for first-degree murder convicts, free to do what they like except leave. The main camp of convicts is controlled by the tyrannical Bobby, who rules with an iron hand, and the women are used as sex slaves. A.J. and a group of more free-minded murderers have escaped and gone into hiding. When A.J. and his men liberate the women from Bobby's custody, tensions mount to an all-out confrontation for control of the island. Written by Ed Sutton <>

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Where we dump our human garbage. See more »


Action | Drama | Thriller


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June 1973 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Djeveløya  »

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Outtakes and unedited footage of Phyllis Davis and Barbara Leigh's nude scenes were featured (without the actresses consent) in the direct to video Famous T & A (1982). See more »


After a knife fight where a man is killed by a thrust to the chest, the corpse subsequently has no knife hole in his shirt. See more »


Remade as Caged in Paradiso (1990) See more »


It's Too Damn Bad
Written by Jerry Styner (uncredited)
Sung by Jeff Thomas
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Marta Kristen + Molotov Cocktails = good times!
20 March 1999 | by (Palm Beach, FL) – See all my reviews

Remember Escape From New York? Eight years previously, in 1973, Terminal Island did the exact same idea. Not nearly as well, but hey - being first count for something, too! TI is an exploitation film when being an exploitation film was cool. As such, it has certain shortcoming inherent to the genre, such as street talking tough black guy, the psychotic white chauvinist pig, and the heroic woman, overcoming oppression with sagacity and perserverence. I can live with those stereotypes, but I can't bear the background music leftover from a 1970's porn movie!

Marta Kristen finally gets to play the part of an action hero - quite a leap from the laid back Judy Robinson role she is best known for. She fights and blows things up and knows how to create gunpowder from nature. Very cool.

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