U.S. Senate candidate Frank Challenge will not sell out to the Syndicate. As a result, his family is murdered. Then Challenge becomes judge, jury, and executioner.

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Earl Owensby ...
Elizabeth Upton ...
Sam
Sandra Beck ...
Trina
Kathleen Devine ...
Paulette
Doug Hale ...
Gil Rand
Fred Covington ...
MacDonald Jennings
Laurens Moore ...
Comm. Taylor
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William T. Hicks
Johnny Popwell ...
Will
Phil Smoot ...
Headwaiter
Katheryn Thompson
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Frank Challenge is a man running for the U.S. Senate who will not sell out to the Syndicate. As a result of his strong stand against the mob, his family is murdered. Then Challenge becomes judge, jury, and executioner. Written by Anonymous

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First there was 'Billy Jack'. Then came 'Walking Tall'. Now there is... Challenge The toughest man alive! See more »

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Crime | Drama

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PG
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October 1974 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

I ekdikisis tou Frank Challenge  »

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Earl Owensby wanted the script to closely resemble the 1973 sleeper, "Walking Tall". The original draft was written by Alan Ormsby, but was rejected because it was not similar enough to "Walking Tall". It took three scripts/writers before Owensby was satisfied. See more »

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[repeated line]
Frank Challenge: I'll get him later
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Followed by The Brass Ring (1975) See more »

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Ballad of Challenge
Written by Jerry Van Tassel
Sung by Tommy Faile
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Nonessential revenge story...the usual Owensby output.
1 August 2008 | by (fabulous Las Vega$!) – See all my reviews

Frank Challenge, state senate hopeful, is about to bring down the house of his crooked mobster running-mate with a cache of highly incriminating documents. His efforts are halted when he is beaten nearly to death, and his wife and daughter simultaneously murdered in a deliberately set house fire. The vigilante revenge tale which transpires, while entirely formulaic, is briskly paced and imparts a few strong moments.

As is case with the gamut of Earl Owensby drive-in fodder, CHALLENGE is both slight on original ideas and behind the proverbial eight-ball financially. It's quite watchable, regardless, with Owensby bringing surprising vitality to his otherwise unstimulating character.

Inconsequential testosterone fodder, but a worthy enough waste of ninety minutes. 4/10


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