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4 June 1976 (West Germany) See more »
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What if some street punks grabbed her? What if no one would help -- not the cops, the law or the courts? One man had that decision. What he did was illegal. But it was the only way he knew how. See more »
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When his sister Betsy packs up and leaves the family's Montana cattle ranch to find fame and fortune in Hollywood... See more » | Add synopsis »
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James Mitchum ... Jim Calhoun
Karen Lamm ... Betsy Calhoun

Anne Archer ... Barbara

Erik Estrada ... Chucho

Cathy Lee Crosby ... Lynn Strong
Vince Cannon ... Johnny Dee
John Kerry ... Sergeant Miller
Roberto Rodríguez ... Feo
Ernie Wheelwright ... Rosey

Zitto Kazann ... Curtain
Elisabeth Chauver ... Billie
Rafael López ... Barba
Gilbert De la Pena ... Chino
Joe La Due ... Ben
James R. Parkes ... Joe Andrews
Frederick Rule ... Nadino
Don Reed ... Flora

Tony Burton ... Zelds
Lenny Gustavson ... Cowboy

Leslie Simms ... Juvenile officer

Jimmy Stathis ... Young doctor
Lawrence Gabriel Jr. ... Fat counterman (as Larry Gabriel)
Robert Forward ... Lawyer
Simmy Bow ... Counterman

Gus Peters ... Penhandler
John Rayner ... Doctor
Junero Jennings ... Parking Attendant

Dick DeCoit ... Police officer
Russell Shannon ... Traffic cop
Joe Tornatore ... Heavy
Evelyn Guerrero ... Social worker
Rebecca Winters ... Historical girl
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ray Sharkey ... Flash

Directed by
Richard T. Heffron 
 
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Paul F. Edwards 
Ivan Nagy  story

Produced by
Philip Hazelton .... associate producer
Bernard Schwartz .... producer
 
Original Music by
Charles Bernstein 
 
Cinematography by
Gene Polito 
 
Film Editing by
Anthony DiMarco 
 
Casting by
Phil Benjamin 
 
Production Design by
Vincent M. Cresciman 
 
Art Direction by
Vincent M. Cresciman 
 
Set Decoration by
Robert C. Bradfield 
 
Makeup Department
Michael Westmore .... makeup artist
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Dennis E. Jones .... first assistant director
John M. Poer .... second assistant director
 
Art Department
Terry Ballard .... property master
 
Sound Department
John Vincent .... sound mixer
 
Special Effects by
Greg Auer .... special effects
 
Stunts
Eddy Donno .... stunt coordinator
David S. Cass Sr. .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Christopher Lynch .... gaffer (as Chris Lynch)
Owen Marsh .... camera operator
Jack Palinkas .... key grip
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Rosanna Norton .... wardrober
 

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Germany:97 min | USA:98 min
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4 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
"I'm a person. Not a hero"., 30 November 2013
Author: lost-in-limbo from the Mad Hatter's tea party.

It might paint itself as a rough and tumble, by-the-numbers 70s revenge thriller and for most part it's typically generic in its story's progression, but there are some strong themes and capable performances by its cast led by Jim Mitchum and Cathy Lee Crosby. There's a brutal and downbeat side to some scenarios, but never does it becomes overly exploitative despite its angle on forced prostitution and underground violence. The bad guys are scum… truly scum. Where the seedy backdrop of Los Angeles breeds crime and those people take advantage of young naïve runaways looking to hit it big in LA. Some sequences do pack a punch and the script, while not entirely rounded does do enough to evoke some emotional pull when it comes to the overall payback.

Sixteen year old Betsy Calhoun flees from her Montana ranch heading to Los Angeles, but her dreams soon become a nightmare when she's kidnapped and sold to a prostitution ring. Her older brother Jim heads to Los Angeles to find her, but finds little help until he meets a social worker and a former gang member who knew of his sister's kidnapping.

Jim Mitchum in the lead role is stolid, but fitting with a more psychical performance told through his facials and in doing so making it more effective. You do feel his pain. He shares good chemistry with a head strong Crosby. Half of the film focuses on his search, while the other follows that of Karen Lamm's wholesome turn as Betsy. Watching how she becomes a prostitute, to how she copes with it and the touching relationship she forms with Anne Archer's prostitute character. Some moments do have a disturbing edge. Not unexpected, but they're powerful because there's enough time invested in these characters. So the story moves between different plot arches before all coming together and offering a surprise or so.

The film looks bare-bones and on the cheap, but it remains authentic with its on shot locations and gritty action exchanges. Nothing about the direction really ignites itself, but there are set-pieces that craft out an exciting barrage of vicious violence. Like the intense gunfire jousting involving moving lifts was a nice touch. Its plain look might have that made for TV feel, but it doesn't hurt it. At times it can be slow and talky, but its steady handling keeps to its strengths and never over delivers on the old-hat set-up.

"You know. You're breaking my chops".

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