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Director:
Writers:
B. Readick (screenplay) and
Marc Olden (novel)
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Release Date:
February 1977 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
The Cool Master of Kung-Fu and Karate!
Plot:
Robert Sand, agent of D.R.A.G.O.N. (Defense Reserve Agency Guardian Of Nations), is playing tennis on his vacation with a beautiful black girl, when his commanding officers ask him to save a Chinese girl who happens to be Sand's girlfriend, and the daughter of a top Eastern Ambassador. The ransom for the abduction was the secret for a terrific new weapon - the freeze bomb - but the 'Warlock' behind the deed is also into the business of drug dealing and Voodoo ritual murders. The search takes him from Hong Kong to California through Miami, and plenty of action, against bad men, bad girl, and bad animals. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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The producers would like to assure the viewer that no dwarfs were harmed during the making of this film.... See more (22 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Jim Kelly ... Robert Sand
Bill Roy ... Janicot
Roberto Contreras ... Chavez
Marilyn Joi ... Synne
Essie Lin Chia ... Toki Konuma

Biff Yeager ... Pines

Charles Grant ... Bone
Jace Khan ... Jace
Erwin Fuller ... Bodyguard
Peter Dane ... Farnsworth

Felix Silla ... Rheinhardt
Cowboy Lang ... Himself
Little Tokyo ... Himself
Jerry Marin ... Shotgun Spiro
Alfonzo Walters ... Leopard Man
Charles Walter Johnson ... Leopard Man
Regina Carrol ... Voodoo Dancer / Party Stripper (as Gina Adamson)
Jesus Thillet ... Martial Arts Fighter
Cliff Bowen ... Martial Arts Fighter
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
D'Urville Martin ... (uncredited)

Directed by
Al Adamson 
 
Writing credits
B. Readick (screenplay)

Marco Joachim  additional story ideas
Marc Olden  novel "Black Samurai"

Produced by
John 'Bud' Cardos .... associate producer (as John Bud Cardos)
Barbara Holden .... producer
Laurence Joachim .... executive producer
Steven Vail .... co-producer
 
Cinematography by
Louis Horvath (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Jim Landis 
 
Set Decoration by
Daisy Rieger 
 
Costume Design by
Edwin Goehring Jr. 
 
Makeup Department
Melanie Levitt .... makeup artist
 
Art Department
Michael Bockman .... props
 
Sound Department
Jack Cooley .... sound mixer
Dick Damien .... sound
Joan Franklin .... assistant sound effects editor
Marta Viana .... sound effects editor
 
Special Effects by
Ramon Ferro .... special effects (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Alvin Boudreaux .... stunt performer
Charles Crawford .... stunt performer
Ray C. Davis .... stunt performer
George Griffen .... stunt performer
Jim Kelly .... karate master
Jace Khan .... karate master
Clifford Lawson .... stunt performer (as Cliff Lawson)
Fernando Luján .... stunt performer (as Fernando Lujan)
Jerry Mitchell .... stunt performer
Alfonzo Walters .... stunt performer
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Bill Boyne .... grip
Erwin Fuller .... grip
John Gillie .... electrician
Keith Kelsay .... assistant camera (as Keith Kelsey)
Robert McClure .... grip
Stephen L. Posey .... electrician (as Steve Posey)
Robert B. Reynolds .... grip (as Robert Reynolds)
John Tilton .... grip
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Marilyn Joi .... costumes: Marilyn Joi
 
Music Department
Jim Landis .... music editor
Jodd Readick .... music recordist
 
Other crew
Pam Eddy .... script girl
Ramon Ferro .... titles
Eddie Garetti .... assistant to producer
Ray Wells .... researcher: Haitian voodoo
 
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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"The Freeze Bomb" - Europe (English title)
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Runtime:
USA:88 min | UK:82 min (DVD)
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Certification:
Portugal:M/18 (director's cut) | UK:15 (video rating) | USA:R
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Trivia:
Jim Kelly also choreographed the martial arts scenes.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: During the jet-pack sequence, the handles of the jet-pack constantly switch between being horizontally and vertically aligned.See more »
Quotes:
Bone:Who the hell do you think you are? Muhammad Ali?
Robert Sand:No, I'm better!
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Movie Connections:
References Thunderball (1965)See more »

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6 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
The producers would like to assure the viewer that no dwarfs were harmed during the making of this film...., 7 March 2007
Author: HaemovoreRex from United Kingdom

Fellow fans of bad movies, you're in for a real treat with this Jim Kelly classic!

OK here's the deal: The daughter of an important ambassador (who also apparently happens to live by the samurai code – we're never too sure as we never actually get to see him!) is kidnapped by some decidedly mean looking crooks (headed by a dead ringer for Lee Van Cleef!) who happen to be working for the head of a group of Satanists (got that?)

Step forward agent Roland Sand (Kelly) of D.R.A.G.O.N who is assigned the mission to rescue our beautiful damsel in distress. (What does the agency name stand for? I haven't the foggiest because it's never explained!) Anyway, to cut a long story short (even though there isn't really a story present!) it happens that by a seemingly unlikely coincidence, the seized sexy daughter also happens to be Kelly's girlfriend!!!! Wow, what a small world eh?!

Obviously our man quite rightly wastes no time at all in promptly searching for her but before he can rescue her he must first fight his way through a seeming army of devil worshippers, some Zulu warriors(!!!) a vulture(!!!), a room full of rattle snakes(which are kept securely in their holding cell via a grilled door!!!!!! Eh?!!!!!) and a fair number of demented dwarfs(!!!!!!!) Yes, you might well want to re-read that last sentence to make sure that you weren't seeing things. Believe me, if it sounds bizarre on paper then it's even more bizarre on film!

Chock full of twangy 70's music, groovy fashions, bad acting and some absolutely (unintentionally) hilarious scenes throughout this is a veritable bad movie classic!

Best scene of all for me though was near the end when our hero dukes it out with the head henchman charmingly referred to as Bone. For some odd reason the film suddenly develops an entire overdub wherein our hero taunts his opponent by throwing at him such choice insults as 'Chump', 'Sissy' and 'Faggot' (all spoken way above the normal volume level on the soundtrack) – Needless to say I almost wet myself laughing.

Also be sure to check out the cool and garish opening credits sequence – awesome stuff!

Oh, did I mention the jet pack? – Damn, you NEED to see this film!

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