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The Farmer (1977)

 -  Action  -  6 March 1978 (Sweden)
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The last scene of this movie tied directly into the first scene in which Kyle performed an heroic good deed for a fellow soldier. The message was clear and powerful and was needed in a big way back in 1977 when this movie was released.

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Credited cast:
Lewell Akins ...
Conductor
Gary Conway ...
Kyle Martin
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Johnny O.
Dave Graig ...
2nd Soldier
Stratton Leopold ...
Laundry Sam
Ray McIver ...
Train Bartender
George Memmoli ...
Passini
Bill Moses ...
Bank Representative
Judge Parker ...
Banjo Player
Don Payne ...
Mr. Moore
Louis C. Pessolano ...
Bartender
Johnny Popwell ...
Conners
Ken Renard ...
Gumshoe
Timothy Scott ...
Weasel
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Kyle Martin returns as a silver star hero, but realizes running a one man farm is not profitable, and the bank wants to foreclose, despite returning as a hero. Then a gambler Johnny has a car accident near his farm, in which Kyle saves his life, in which Johnny offers him 1,5000 dollars, which still isn't enough to save the farm. Then when Johnny past-post on a horse race for over $50,000, angering local mobster Passini as he and his three henchmen kills Johnny's bodyguard and then blinds Johnny's eyes with acid to "make a example out of him", Johnny asks his girl Betty to ask Kyle to kill Prassini and his men one by one for $50,000, the money he needs to save his farm, which sets the path for revenge. Written by serpent 5

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6 March 1978 (Sweden)  »

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Due to injuries sustained in an accident during the production of this movie, George Memmoli had to decline the part of the disturbed passenger in Taxi Driver (1976) that was ultimately played by the film's director, Martin Scorsese. According to Scorsese, the injuries contributed to Memmoli's death in 1985. See more »

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Kyle Martin: I don't get mad... I get even
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One of the best 70's revenge films
2 September 2004 | by (Seattle, Washington) – See all my reviews

I was fortunate enough to see this film, and it is one of the best 70's style revenge film, but also wisely uses screen time to build up the plight of the lead character, and also has some great "revenge" sequences.You can see why Columbia pictured decided to release this. The film starts with the lead, Kiel Martin (Gary Conway) in a train, and how he gets beat up and kicked off a train for helping a black soldier buy a drink (it was no-no back then) as this shows what a decent character he is, but how he can't seem to escape violence since earning a silver star in the War.

Through a chain of events (some of them rather rushed, so I assume it was either explained in the original script or that scene was cut out for time) he is hired by a gangster (Michael Dante) to go after the gangsters who blinded him, and in return, give him the cash needed to save the farm! And thru a pulsating music score by Hugo Montenegro, he dispatches them one by one! It is more similar to ROLLING THUNDER in the nihilistic feel revenge genre, and only weak point of the film is Gary Conway, who is rather bland, and too "city" to be really convincing as the title character. Still it is a classic for it's era,and not to be missed by any fans of this genre. Just dont expect it to be in vain with todays action films ,as the unavailability of this title for 26 years has caused this film to be in so many peoples must see list,that their expectation level must be really high, so I am afraid they might be rather disappointed with what to expect of it.

Just enjoy the more "character driven, and that character reaches to the point of revenge" films of yesteryears, then you will agree, THE FARMER is right near the best of them, like ROLLING THUNDER, FIGHTING MAD and BREAKING POINT. In fact, I think Fred Williamson might have been influenced by this film, as his film MEAN JOHNNY BARROWS is very very similar in the storyline department with THE FARMER. He also hired Dante in THE BIG SCORE so he must have really liked THE FARMER.


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