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The Exterminator (1980)

R  |   |  Action, Crime, Drama  |  19 September 1980 (USA)
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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 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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When everyone's the victim .. He's the only hope they've got. See more »


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19 September 1980 (USA)  »

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$2,000,000 (estimated)
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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

At the very beginning, when Eastland's friend saves him from an imminent beheading, they fire on an enemy soldier standing at the water's edge. The man is blown backwards not by the impact of the bullet but from a clearly seen rigged see saw that throws him into the air. See more »

Quotes

John Eastland: If you're lying, I'll be back.
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Crazy Credits

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

Connections

References Ricco (1973) See more »

Soundtracks

Disco Inferno
Written by Leroy Green (as Leroy Gree) and Ron Kersey (as Ron (Have Mercy) Kersey)
Performed by The Trammps
Licensed by Atlantic Recording Corporation
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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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