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Release Date:
June 1973 (USA) See more »
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Where we dump our human garbage. See more »
Plot:
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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Cast

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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)
 
Stunts
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
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Color (Metrocolor)
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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) (V).See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: A corpse lying drowned in water has a perfectly dry head and beard when it is pulled out.See more »
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Referenced in The Big Sleaze (2010)See more »
Soundtrack:
It's Too Damn BadSee more »

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Welcome to Terminal Island, baby!, 24 November 2015
Author: Scott LeBrun (Hey_Sweden) from Canada

The early 1970s B picture "Terminal Island" has an effective premise with which to work. In the "future", the Supreme Court has declared the death penalty unconstitutional. In its place, criminals are now dumped on an island 40 miles off the American coast. Here they're (mostly) left to fend for themselves. The latest arrival is a young woman, Carmen (Ena Hartman), who's just in time to witness an uprising. Some of the convicts are tired of the tyranny of their "leaders" Bobby (Sean Kenney, "The Corpse Grinders") and Monk (Roger E. Mosley, "The Mack"). So a small group splits off from the main group, and plots revolution.

Co-written by James Barnett, producer Charles S. Swartz, and director Stephanie Rothman ("The Velvet Vampire"), "Terminal Island" is pretty good for this kind of exploitation fare. It fulfils its requirements - violence, sex, nudity - adequately, and is simply beautifully shot (by Daniel Lacambre, "Humanoids from the Deep") on some pretty locations. While it naturally has its trashy moments, it never really wallows in unpleasantness, and it does have a sense of humour, to boot. (Watch how the horny character, Dylan (Clyde Ventura, "'Gator Bait") is dealt with.) The story is a little thin, but is also provocative on occasion. (Dr. Milford, played by a young Tom Selleck, was convicted of the mercy killing of a patient.)

The cast is full of then-stars, stars-to-be, and familiar character faces. Also appearing are Don Marshall ("The Thing with Two Heads"), Phyllis Davis ("Beyond the Valley of the Dolls"), Marta Kristen ('Lost in Space'), Barbara Leigh ("Junior Bonner"), Geoffrey Deuel ("Chisum"), James Whitworth (Papa Jupe in Wes Cravens' "The Hills Have Eyes"), Richard Stahl ("Nine to Five"), Sandy Ward ("Cujo"), and Albert Cole ("The Incredible 2-Headed Transplant"). The film gained newfound attention when Selleck and Mosley found later fame on 'Magnum P.I.'. Kenney and Mosley are particularly fun as the antagonists of the piece.

Full of solid squib action and some satisfying explosions, "Terminal Island" is worthy of discovery by devotees of the B pictures of decades past.

Seven out of 10.

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