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The Exterminator (1980)

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A man's best friend is killed on the streets of New York. The man (Robert Ginty) then transforms into a violent killer, turning New York into a great war zone and Christopher George is the only one to stop him.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Detective James Dalton
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Dr. Megan Stewart
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Michael Jefferson
Tony DiBenedetto ...
Chicken Pimp (as Toni Di Benedetto)
Dick Boccelli ...
Gino Pontivini
Patrick Farrelly ...
CIA Agent Shaw
Michele Harrell ...
Maria Jefferson
David Lipman ...
The State Senator from New Jersey
Cindy Wilks ...
Candy
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Frankie
Roger Grimsby ...
Himself
Judy Licht ...
Herself
Stan Getz ...
Himself
George Cheung ...
Vietcong Leader (as George Lee Cheung)
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Storyline

When John Eastland's best friend, Michael Jefferson, is mugged and left permanently crippled, he decides to do something about it. Jefferson had saved Eastland's life in Vietnam and now it's time for Eastland to get revenge for his friend. Using his old Army gear he sets out on a crusade to clean up the streets of New York using the name "The Exterminator." Written by David Bongo <ajgs09b@prodigy.com>

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Taglines:

A one man army. A new kind of soldier in a new kind of war. [Video] [Australia] See more »

Genres:

Action | Crime | Thriller

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

19 September 1980 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)
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(director's cut) | (original uncut)

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

In order to achieve the gruesome beheading in the Vietnam scene, an entire animated body with graphic facial expressions was built. See more »

Goofs

When John Eastland (The Exterminator) is going through the mob boss's house he is attacked by a Doberman. A crewman can clearly be seen standing in the doorway, probably having just released the dog. See more »

Quotes

Detective James Dalton: Jesus, looks like he got hit with napalm.
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Crazy Credits

"The producer" is credited as burping ghoul See more »

Connections

References Buck Rogers in the 25th Century (1934) See more »

Soundtracks

Friday Night Fool
Written and Sung by Roger Bowling
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User Reviews

Grim, but a great movie.
23 October 2004 | by (Annalong, N. Ireland) – See all my reviews

Yes, THE EXTERMINATOR is a nasty picture and there is hardly any humour, but that's not to say it's bad. It's actually quite enjoyable.

Robert Ginty is good as the titular vigilante and Christopher George is also good as the cop who is on the case (but seems to be more interested in shagging an attractive doctor). All the bad guys who are the Exterminator's victims are all made as reprehensible as possible (a violent street gang, child molesters, gangsters). But I must say, the meat grinder bit was totally uncalled for.

Why do all the CIA guys talk with English accents, though? THE EXTERMINATOR may be grim, but it's worth a look. It's just a shame that the late Steve James, a great actor and martial artist, didn't have more to do.


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