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  (in credits order)
Linda Marlowe ... Harriet Zapper
Alan Lake ... Reynaud Duval
Jason Kemp ... Karel Duval
Tony Then ... Hock

Edina Ronay ... Guy Champion
Noel Johnson ... Christian Duval

Peter Halliday ... Rabelais

Michael O'Malley ... Gendarme
Graham Ashley ... Bar-fly
William Ridoutt ... Inspector Cook

David Robb ... Alex Zendor
Iain Armstrong ... Second
Roland Oliver ... Second
Peter Wonson ... 1st Swordsman
Frederick Marks ... Swordsman
Bruce Lidington ... Swordsman
James Hennessy ... Swordsman
Michael O'Brien ... Swordsman
E. Pollard ... Swordsman
Bob Prowse ... Thug in Gym
Bruce Ferguson ... Thug in Gym
Colin Osborne ... Thug in Gym
Howard Nelson ... Thug in Gym
Terry Mundy ... Thug in Gym
Chris Roberts ... Thug in Gym
Rex Grey ... Compere

Directed by
Lindsay Shonteff 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Ellis Hugh Brody 

Produced by
Elizabeth Gray .... producer
Lindsay Shonteff .... producer
Original Music by
Colin Pearson 
Roger Wootton 
Cinematography by
Les Young 
Production Management
Stuart Black .... production manager
Sound Department
Tony Jackson .... sound mixer
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Sally Roberts .... wardrobe

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90 min
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6 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
Better than Big Zapper, 4 January 2003
Author: DanielKing from London, England

A definite improvement on the first movie, this jettisons most of the zany action and lame attempts at humour in favour of a more straightforward approach. They have also dropped the crude emphasis on titillation , although there is a smattering of dolly birds knocking about. A major plus is the introduction of a decent adversary in the form of Alan Lake, a quite charismatic actor who bears a striking resemblance to the young John Belushi. Because his character works so well and is interesting he can be afforded more screen time than was the case in the first movie. This takes the emphasis off the weak Marlowe, whose one-note performance as Zapper lets the film down. In the first movie she seemed understated compared to Gary Hope but next to Alan Lake in this film she simply appears less talented. Again, though, the supporting cast is very poor. The film opens well with an intriguing scene detailing a modern day duel;, however, the scene also introduces a note of mercy in Lake's character that is not present for the rest of the film. The scene makes good use of the British countryside like other films of this period (say EXPOSE or WITCHFINDER GENERAL) suggesting murky goings on in a tranquil, pastoral setting. While there is evidence, then, of a reasonable intelligence at work here, Shonteff lets himself down with a poor command of technical know-how. The camera work is poor, the editing is dreadful and the special effects are ropey to say the least.

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