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Director:
Writers:
Robert Hammer (screenplay) &
Michael D. Castle (screenplay) ...
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Release Date:
29 February 1980 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
He'll Know You're Alone! See more »
Plot:
A deeply disturbed photographer and Vietnam veteran, named Kirk Smith, terrorizes Los Angeles by going... See more » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
1 win See more »
User Reviews:
Man's Wedding Present See more (45 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

James Westmoreland ... Lt. Chris McCabe
Ben Frank ... Sgt. Hatcher

Flo Lawrence ... Dr. Lindsay Gale (as Flo Gerrish)
Nicholas Worth ... Kirk Smith

Denise Galik ... Lisa
Stan Haze ... Adkins
Gary Allen ... John Feldon
Michael D. Castle ... Lab Man (as Michael Castle)
Pamela Jean Bryant ... Sue Ellen (as Pamela Bryant)
Ted Chapman ... Man in Bar
Chris Wallace ... Psychic Von Hammensveld
Dale Kalberg ... Nurse
Deborah Leah Land ... Police Woman
Tom Lasswell ... Police Psychiatrist
Mike Levine ... Gary Markov
Chuck Mitchell ... Sam Gluckman
Victor Mohica ... Ventura

Susanne Severeid ... Hooker
Paula Warner ... Carol
Hugh Corcoran ... Wino
Gail Jensen ... Joyce
Joyce Ann Jodan ... Roommate
Corinne Cook ... Rikki
Ellen Kay Karsten ... Hooker
Havoc Oliver ... Hooker
David Osterhout ... Policeman
Peter Fain ... Policeman
Jon Greene ... Policeman
Robin R. Oliver ... Dope Dealer (as Robin Oliver)
Shirley Handelsman ... Nurse's Mother

Don Lake ... Man in Plastic
Eileen Castle ... Neighbor
Danny Disner ... Boyfriend
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
James Dunaway ... Fred at Radio Station (uncredited)

Directed by
Robert Hammer 
 
Writing credits
Robert Hammer (screenplay) &
Michael D. Castle (screenplay)

Michael Curtis (based on "Nightline" by)

Produced by
Michael D. Castle .... producer
Robert Hammer .... producer
Michael Towers .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Byron Allred 
 
Cinematography by
James L. Carter  (as James Carter)
 
Film Editing by
Joe Fineman  (as Joseph Fineman)
 
Art Direction by
Kathy Curtis-Cahill  (as Kathy Cahill)
 
Makeup Department
Teresa M. Austin .... makeup artist (as Teresa Austin)
Mira Hammer .... hair stylist
 
Production Management
Tikki Goldberg .... production manager
Scott M. Rosenfelt .... production manager (as Scott Rosenfelt)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
David Osterhout .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Elliot Nachbar .... assistant art director
 
Sound Department
Douglas B. Arnold .... boom operator (as Douglas Arnold)
Wayne Artman .... sound re-recording mixer
Tom Beckert .... sound re-recording mixer
Jan Brodin .... sound mixer
Ken Collins .... sound effects editor
Michael Jiron .... re-recording mixer
 
Special Effects by
Richard Albain .... special effects (as Dick Albain)
 
Stunts
Marilyn Olsson .... stunt double
John Sistrunk .... stunt coordinator
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Tony DeFabees .... additional photographer
Gary Featherstone .... best boy gaffer
Arthur Krauss .... second assistant camera
Andrew G. La Marca .... additional photographer (as Andy LaMarca)
Tracy Neftzger .... key grip
Van Spaulding .... electrician
Tim Suhrstedt .... first assistant camera (as Timothy Suhrstedt)
Mike Taylor .... grip
Christopher Tufty .... gaffer
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Deborah Lynn Scott .... wardrobe (as Deborah Scott)
Joan Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Robert Cummings .... assistant editor
Robert Gordon .... associate editor
 
Transportation Department
John Lelko .... transportation
 
Other crew
Susan Cooley .... production assistant
Robin R. Oliver .... assistant to producer (as Robin Oliver)
Sharron Reynolds .... production coordinator
Tom Rolapp .... production assistant (as Thomas Rolapp)
Kathryn Zatarga .... script supervisor (as Kathy Zatarga)
 

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Runtime:
94 min | USA:85 min (DVD)
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Trivia:
Nicholas Worth consulted a criminal psychologist to research his role as the killer. Moreover, Worth improvised a lion's share of his dialogue.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: The first blonde victim can clearly be seen to breathe after being strangled.See more »
Quotes:
Sam Gluckman:I want you to know something, officer. I wouldn't print anything like this. I mean really... candles stuck in all her privates? That's just sick.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Dead Teenager Movie (2006) (V)See more »

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8 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
Man's Wedding Present, 16 October 2004
Author: clockwork8812 from USA

WARNING: SPOILERS

One of the best horror movies of all-time, it really needs a special DVD release with all the toppings so it can be rediscovered by horror fans. The last release they gave it in '99 was awful because they edited all the brutal parts out. My review is based on the 1982 Media VHS version. If you've been reading the reviews for this film so far by others, pay no attention to them. This is a real chiller that will shock you. It has been unfairly maligned by feminists who don't like these movies in the first place and had already made up their minds before they even saw it! There's hardly any blood in this movie at all. The murders aren't committed with a knife or a gun. They are all stranglings based on two real life cases that were happening in Los Angeles during the late 70's, Lawrence Bittaker with Roy Norris and Ken Bianchi with Angelo Bouno. The movie is also based on the novel Nightline by Michael Curtis. Nicholas Worth does a good job portraying the demented Vietnam veteran. It's one of the most closest to realistic psycho roles you'll ever see. We know all along that he's the maniac prowling the mean streets of L.A. The scene where he's in his living room talking to his stepfather is hilarious. James Westmoreland as the detective on the case actually tries to fight Worth in one scene where he ends up getting body slammed into a couch! Not to be missed. The score by Byron Allred is chilling and effective. There's one scene in the film midway through that shows Dodger Stadium in the background. And not to be outdone, Porky shows up as a photography manager. For those who haven't seen this, it's time to check it out.

Score, 8 out of 10 Stars

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Not that bad. Ripe for a re-make SE7EN/Silence of the Lambs style TheScreenWatcher
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