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Cardiac Arrest (1980)

The "Missing Heart Murders" are plaguing San Francisco - dead bodies that turn up with their hears surgically removed! So a weak-stomached homicide cop looks into the possibilities of a ... See full summary »



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Complete credited cast:
Garry Goodrow ...
Clancy Higgins
Wylie Wong (as Mike Chan)
Leigh Gregory (as Maxwell Gail)
Susan O'Connell ...
Dianne Gregory
Ray Reinhardt ...
Dr. Norton Williams
Robert Behling ...
Harvey Nichols (as Robert A. Behling)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Bill Ackridge ...
Duke Miller (as Bill Ackeridge)
Maurice Argent ...
Deputy Coroner
Joe Bellan ...
Luggage Shop Salesman
Gary Bisagna ...
Police Garage Mechanic
Buzz Borelli ...
Tom Moore
Cynthia Lee Brian ...
Lady in Red Hat
Joy Carlin ...
Dr. Burns
Mrs. Swan (as Marjorie Morley Eaton)


The "Missing Heart Murders" are plaguing San Francisco - dead bodies that turn up with their hears surgically removed! So a weak-stomached homicide cop looks into the possibilities of a black market for human organs, while across town a man must make a difficult decision regarding his wife, who needs a transplant... Written by Brian J. Wright <tyrannorabbit@hotmail.com>

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January 1980 (USA)  »

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a very underrated suspense / mystery
6 July 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The person who wrote the earlier review shown on the IMDb page is simply wrong. This is a very good mystery film, set in the San Francisco bay area, and starring Garry Goodrow as an eccentric but dedicated detective with a comically weak stomach for murder scenes (and who bears an amazing resemblance to film critic Gene Siskel). Goodrow was involved in the early 60s with the Beats and the Living Theatre, and his acting chops definitely show in the role of Clancy Higgins. This was far from just your run of the mill horror cheapie, there were some true talents involved in it. Perhaps the overly harsh IMDb reviewer who gave this "one star" was expecting a hardcore Tobe Hooper gorefest from looking at the poster showing a doctor holding a human heart, but it is anything but that, and it is certainly nothing approaching "one of the worst films ever", that's total nonsense and the film deserves much better than that. It's a thought provoking suspense drama, and its well worth the few dollars you'll pay for the bargain bin DVD release (which has very good pic/sound quality). The film is probably even suitable for younger viewers (say 10 and up), I first saw it in the late 70s on HBO and I thought it was great back then too. Seriously, this is one of my favorite films that almost nobody has seen.

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