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The Get-Man (1974)
"The Zebra Killer" (original title)

PG  |   |  Drama, Thriller  |  July 1974 (USA)
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A police officer becomes obsessed with a satistic killer called "The Zebra Killer" who has kidnapped his girlfriend and discoveries many murders along the way while tracking him down.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Lt. Frank Savage
Hugh Smith ...
Det. Marty Williams
James Carroll Pickett ...
Killer (as James Pickett)
Charles Kissinger ...
Lt. Robt. Creason
Valerie Rogers ...
Frank's Lady
Ruby Brown ...
Liza
Tom Brooks ...
Chief of Police
Harriet Knox ...
Cleaning Woman
Cy Weber ...
Judge
D'Urville Martin ...
The Pimp
Phyliss Kastan ...
Peggy
Kenneth Block ...
Wino
Jim Harriman ...
Inspector
Bill Wilson ...
Lawyer
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Based on the real events that shocked San Franisco in the early 70's. Mac portrays the role of The Zebra Killer, a white man who dresses in black makeup and strolls the city of San Francisco stalking, raping and killing young women. Lt. Savage hears that the Killer has killed his girlfriend. Lt. Savage goes everywhere to find and kill the maniac, along with the help of Williams and Robert. Written by <Blythe760@aol.com>

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You My Lady
By Dave Kinnoin (as David Kinnoin)
Sung by Richard Laurance Williams
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William Girdler's Best Movie?
29 December 2006 | by (Denver, Colorado and Santiago, Chile) – See all my reviews

Although this is classified as a "blaxploitation" film, it manages to be much more race-baiting than usual by having a white sniper (obviously modeled after Scorpio from "Dirty Harry" and thus indirectly modeled after the real-life Zodiac Killer)who disguises himself in black-face as he commits incendiary crimes against middle-class whites (which his why he is called "the zebra killer"--not because he kills any zebras). The good guy cop meanwhile is a black guy, thus giving the title its blaxploitation credentials. Still the plot was apparently pretty controversial which is no doubt why this film is pretty hard to find today even though it is probably cult director William "Grizzly" Girdler's best film.

It is obviously the kind of film that couldn't be made today, and that alone in my book makes it worth a look. Unfortunately, the version I saw looked awful suffering from both bad original film elements and tracking problems from one of the few remaining videotapes that is still circulating around. I'd like to see this film resurrected on DVD. Fat chance though probably since many of Girdler's early films (like the vastly inferior, but much less controversial "Three on a Meathook")have yet to see the light of a DVD player. Still they released the even more racially-insensitive "Fight for Your Live" (although that film had the advantage of actually having been banned in Britain)so maybe there is hope.


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