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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)
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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 »
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 »
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Referenced in The Big Sleaze (2010)See more »
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Better than I expected for a 1970's action film, 15 January 2017
Author: Ed-Shullivan from Canada

Okay so this film is not Lord of the Flies caliber and it will never be included in the Criterion Collection, but I will give credit to female director Stephanie Rothman for her fortitude for completing this action/drama/thriller that includes a few female characters that are not total bimbos. Director Rothman does follow the action themed "good guys versus bad guys" and yes the women in this film are exploited both physically and mentally but the difference is sometimes in Ms. Rothman's film the girls get the better of the hardened criminal men and I did find myself rooting for the women.

The film starts off rather slow as we are introduced to a broadcast news crew who want to do a news story on this new law discipline that sends like-minded convicted murderers on to an island to fend for themselves, and to fend off one another mainly to survive. Thus the film title Terminal Island would indicate that as a convicted criminal murderer your days are numbered once you land on Terminal Island.

Yes it has that typical '70's era dull cinematography feel, a pretty redundant music score but it also has one known star for the time in Don Marshall (known for TV's Land of the Giants) as well as some up and comer TV actors such as Phyllis Davis, Roger E. Mosley, and the well known now geriatric actor Tom Selleck, who back in 1973 was a TV commercial male model hunk looking for his first big break. No doubt, Terminal Island gave Tom Selleck the break that he needed to become a bona fide television star in first Magnum P.I. for 8 seasons along side Roger E Mosley who played TC. More recently Tom Selleck has been starring in the highly rated prime time TV police series Blue Bloods for the past 7 seasons. So Terminal Island was recognized by the astute TV producers that there is some good talent coming out of Terminal Island that was well worth pursuing.

I liked Terminal Island because it deliberately stayed clear of overdoing any sex and gore and tried to execute a film with a pretty good plot that was both creative and not easy to execute on a small budget for a B movie at best. So yes, it is worth watching and I will say that I did enjoy it. Maybe you will too?

I give it a 7 out of 10 rating

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