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10 March 1989 (Portugal) See more »
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A bounty hunter is offered $20,000 - off the record - for the capture of a very large man who dons body armor and steel-plated gauntlets for his regular beatings of some unfortunate individuals. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

John Saxon ... Sam Kellog

Roosevelt Grier ... Victor Hale (as Rosey Grier)

Joanna Cassidy ... Sheila Michaels

Joan Blondell ... Mrs. Fitzgerald

Jack Carter ... Walter Stratton

Aldo Ray ... Tiny

Keenan Wynn ... Bill Schwartz
Howard Honig ... Lt. Kruger

Michael Pataki ... Harry Iverson
Frances E. Williams ... Grandma Hale
Misty Bruce ... Lisa
Shane Mooney ... Rachman
Jeanne Lucas ... Miss Wright
Sally Kemp ... Lola Morgan
Candy Bowen ... Prostitute
Nicholas Worth ... Chuck

Logan Clarke ... Young Man
Marie O'Henry ... Cathy
Wynn Irwin ... George Morgan
Noel De Souza ... Cab Driver
Roger Crawford ... Willard
Larry Duran ... Cookie
Bob O'Neil ... Doctor
Diana Hale ... Mamie Hanover

Hoke Howell ... Tex Eastwood
Darwin Long ... Ad Man
Tony Lorea ... Bartender

Susan Davis ... Cheryl

Sandra Alan-Lee ... Roxanne 1 (as Sandy Serrano)
Shauna Sullivan ... Roxanne 2
Gloria Torres ... Nadia 1
Meiko Kobayashi ... Nadia 2
Dean Stern ... Joe Arrigo
John Abramson ... Policeman
John Rivers ... Policeman
Bob Bruce ... Butcher
Marji Martin ... Butcher

Directed by
Ross Hagen 
Writing credits
Hubert Smith (screenplay) and
Julian Roffman (screenplay)

Hubert Smith (story) and
Ross Hagen (story)

Produced by
Julian Roffman .... producer
William B. Silberkleit .... executive producer
Original Music by
Robert O. Ragland 
Cinematography by
Gary Graver 
Film Editing by
Robert Fitzgerald  (as Bob Fitzgerald)
Casting by
Ruth Berns 
Dotti Karlstein 
Art Direction by
Al Locatelli 
Brenton Swift 
Makeup Department
Chris Brice .... makeup artist
Production Management
Christopher Pearce .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Tony Lorea .... assistant director (as Anthony Lorea)
Concetta Rinaldo-Williams .... assistant director (as Concetta Rinaldo)
Thomas Selden .... assistant director
Art Department
Dan Linkmeyer .... props
Thomas Martens .... props
Sound Department
John Brasher .... sound effects
Wray Chafin .... sound mixer (as Wray Chaffin)
James Monterro .... boom operator
David Wulk .... boom operator
Special Effects by
Spencer Quinn .... special effects
Tony Brubaker .... stunts
Erik Cord .... stunt coordinator
Vince Deadrick Sr. .... stunts (as Vince Deadrick)
Camera and Electrical Department
Ray Bilger .... best boy
John Bollinger .... first assistant camera (as John Bolinger)
Stephen Crawford .... grip
Michael E. Little .... second assistant camera (as Michael Little)
Kal Manning .... key grip (as Carl Manning)
Michael Mileham .... additional photographer
Michael Donovan O'Donnell .... dolly grip (as Michael Donavan O'Donnell)
Scott Spencer .... gaffer
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Rafael Arrazola .... wardrobe
Janet Kusnick .... wardrobe
Editorial Department
Linda Fitzgerald .... assistant editor
Julian Roffman .... supervising editor
Music Department
Arlon Ober .... music editor
Arlon Ober .... music supervisor
Transportation Department
Monte Christianson .... driver
Charles Hamilton .... driver
Other crew
Jeanne Byrd .... production assistant
Diane Farison .... production assistant (as Dianne Farison)
Kevin Marshall .... craft service
Heather McQuarrie .... production assistant
Claire Polan .... location coordinator (as Claire Hagen)
Julian Roffman .... director: action and fight scenes
Lina Shanklin .... script supervisor (as Linda Shanklin)

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92 min
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4 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
Its all in the glove., 10 August 2006
Author: lost-in-limbo from the Mad Hatter's tea party.

Sam Kellog is a worn out bounty hunter of Los Angeles, who takes on a job, which would pay him $20,000 big ones and help with his martial problems. For tracking down an ex-convict, Victor Hale, who's dressed up in riot gear and is beating prison guards to death with a steel laced glove that was invented by the police and was first used on him. So, it's payback time for Victor, but Sam is determined to find his man and bring him in despite the warnings.

Are you ready for a good old beating. Well, don't be expecting much venom here, as when it was time for a beating. It's nothing more than comic, b-grade action fodder, which is inadequately done. But that in mind the action is kept at a minimal and we simply follow the life of the struggling bounty hunter, Sam looking into the case of Victor, but it gets put on the back-burner at times, by falling into some side-projects. They do feel unnecessary and nothing more than fillers to the overall picture, as it does take half of the film before Sam and Victor first get in contact and get things moving. Just like a fellow reviewer mentioned, it's more so a character study with a touch of noir and social commentary to boot. It's very hammy in its treatment of it, but Saxon (the reason why I took the chance with the flick) makes great of the meek material.

"The Glove" is an odd chunk of cheap and slightly dim schlock that bathes itself in cheesy glory and is entertainingly goofy. Unintentionally, of course. But it just doesn't live up to its cracking idea, since it basically sits there for too long, after the pounding opening and somewhat colourful poster artwork, has you believe. There's a real erratic mood because of scrappy direction by Ross Hagen. He stages some fun clashes with the crushing fist and manages to get a real grungy look to the flick with its scummy surroundings coming off the screen. How about that unusually sleek, broad and quite smooth music score. The theme songs kind of stick to you and the time goes by so quickly, which makes it an enticing treat.

The story is rather typical detective stuff with Saxon's crisp and smoking voice-over running throughout the film and being one of the high notes. It blends a variety of ingredients and savvy interactions with its scathing, wry and bold dialogues. John Saxon turns in a charming lead performance as the steely-eye bounty hunter, Sam Kellog. Rosey Grier (former football player) simply fills out the costume by bringing an enforcing and unstoppable figure, which is totally opposite to his subdue attitude and husky voice, the anti-hero Victor Hale. He's rather hypnotic whenever on screen and the interplay between the two leads was always on the boil. Making up the rest of the studded b-cast is the always lovely Joanna Cassidy, Keenan Wynn, Jack Carter the rich tycoon and the unlucky Aldo Ray.

Interesting, if not totally successful exploitation, but thanks largely to the prolific performances of Saxon and Grier. It's enjoyably, uncanny trash.

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