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James Barnett (written by) &
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Release Date:
June 1973 (USA) See more »
Where we dump our human garbage. See more »
It's every man and woman for himself on an island where convicted murderers are dumped, rather than kept in prison. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Directed by
Stephanie Rothman 
Writing credits
James Barnett (written by) (as Jim Barnett) &
Charles S. Swartz (written by) &
Stephanie Rothman (written by)

Produced by
Charles S. Swartz .... producer
Lawrence Woolner .... executive producer (as Lawrence H. Woolner)
Original Music by
Michael Andres 
Cinematography by
Daniel Lacambre (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Jere Huggins 
John A. O'Connor  (as John O'Connor)
Casting by
Marvin Paige 
Art Direction by
Jack Fisk 
Makeup Department
Rafaelle Patterson .... makeup artist
Production Management
Donald Heitzer .... production manager (as Don Heitzer)
Gilles de Turenne .... production manager (as Gilles A. De Turenne)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
John Broderick .... assistant director
Art Department
Bill Hankins .... props
Michael Katz .... carpenter
Sound Department
Roger Daniel .... sound
Jamez .... sound effects (as The Jamez)
Ray Saniger .... stunt coordinator
Dirty Denny .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Don Clark .... gaffer
Jim Morris .... key grip
Jor Van Kline .... grip
Bill Williams .... camera operator (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Dona Baldwin .... wardrobe
Karen Chernoff .... wardrobe
Editorial Department
Jerelyn J. Harding .... assistant editor (as Jere Golding)
Music Department
Ed. Norton .... music editor (as Ed Norton)

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88 min
Color (Metrocolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Australia:R (1976) | Iceland:(Banned) | Norway:18 (VHS) | Norway:(Banned) (1983-2003) (video) | UK:18 | USA:R | West Germany:18 (cut)

Did You Know?

Tom Selleck and Roger E. Mosley both went on to star in "Magnum, P.I." (1980).See more »
Continuity: 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 »
Movie Connections:
Featured in Famous T & A (1982) (V)See more »
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Magnum(P.I) opus, 14 March 2001
Author: rlcsljo from Hollywood, ca

Selleck (playing a doctor before his stint on "Friends") and Mosley appear in this one seven years before the Magnum, P.I. TV series. (It is amazing how a person can play one character and be so right for so many different roles).

California has abolished the death penalty (before it was reinstated) and the golden state empties death row onto "Terminal Island". Here, the inmates run the show and the only "guard" is a Navy frigate that prevents escape. Basically, this is a standard prison movie without the bars, but since there are no rules, the inmates can do whatever they want from what they can improvise on the Island.

A social order has arisen where a dorky murderer along with his black enforcer(Mosley) force everyone to work while he has his way with the women (other males get their turn, as well).

A "revolutionary" band of renegades (lead by Don Marshall(II) from "Star Trek" and "Buck Rogers in the 25th Century") roam the island and basically steal what they can from the "establishment". They treat their people only slightly better.

A war erupts when some guards delivering a new prisoner are overwhelmed and their machine guns are stolen. All manner of improvised weapons are also used as well.

This movie is a very good allegory for the VietNam war and how determined ingenious under dogs can defeat a militarily superior power.

Also, as expected in seventies exploitation flicks, a lot of chicks go topless and nude--unfortunately not Selleck or Mosley.

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