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The Exterminator (1980)

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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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
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The State Senator from New Jersey
Cindy Wilks ...
Candy
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Frankie
Roger Grimsby ...
Himself
Judy Licht ...
Herself
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Himself
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Vietcong Leader (as George Lee Cheung)
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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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19 September 1980 (USA)  »

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$2,000,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

At conventions, Irwin Keyes has said that he played the same character in both Exterminator films--despite the fact that his character is killed in the first film. See more »

Goofs

Michael is on a ventilator and has an oxygen mask on his face with large holes either side, which would mean little or no air would enter his lungs! See more »

Quotes

CIA Agent Shaw: This "Exterminator" is the most dangerous serial killer in the United States and he is in New York City! Now what do you think about all this?
Detective James Dalton: I think you need to take a shit. It's coming out of your mouth instead of your asshole.
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Written by Chuck Loeb
Performed by Stan Getz (as Stan Getz Ensemble)
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Solid And Gritty 80's "Vigilante" Film
30 May 2006 | by (St. John's Abortion Clinic) – See all my reviews

THE EXTERMINATOR is a "fun" piece of 80's exploit-style cinema that is an enjoyable film all-around, for people who dig this sort of thing. Decent acting, a strong storyline, some "rough" violence, and the gritty early 80's New York City environments up the entertainment-value of this straight-faced B-entry...

John and Michael were in 'Nam together, where Michael saved Johns life from Charlie. Living back in New York after the war, John and Mike remain best-buddies and work at the same warehouse. One day, the two of them divert some robbers from the Ghetto Ghouls gang from rippin' off the warehouse, and the gang members don't take to kindly to bein' interrupted. The gang members find Michael walking home from work one day, jump him, and leave him paralyzed. John takes this pretty hard (to say the least...) and goes gunnin' for the Ghouls. After dispatching some of them, he decides the city needs some "cleaning up" - and goes on to attack a mob boss, a sleazy kiddie-prostitution ring leader and his chickenhawk client, and the remaining members of the Ghetto Ghouls. Meanwhile, a tough cop and the CIA is on the case of "The Exterminator", and are lookin' to bring him down...

This one is pretty action-packed right from the jump. The opening 'Nam scene sets the stage for what's to come as one of John's Army pals is beheaded graphically, in a scene that proves that with the right machete, you can take a head off like a knife through butter. Rather than being strictly a revenge/vigilante exploit film though, the character development is enough to really feel the bond between John and Michael, and makes it easy to root for John as he's blastin' his way through the city. Definitely worth a look to 80's U.S. exploit fans

  • team this one up with VICE SQUAD for a double-feature night and
you'll be set...8.5/10


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