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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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If you're lying, I'll be back... See more »

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Action | Crime | Thriller

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Release Date:

19 September 1980 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El exterminador  »

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Budget:

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

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Trivia

Policeman Dalton finds a copy of "The Anarchist's Cookbook" at Eastland's apartment. 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

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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Crazy Credits

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

Connections

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

Soundtracks

Heal It
Written by Byron Hill and Mike Reid
Produced by Byron Hill
Sung by Roger Bowling
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User Reviews

 
Rambo, Travis Bickle and Paul Kersey all rolled into one is....the Exterminator!
18 October 2008 | by (Russian Federation) – See all my reviews

The plot.

John (Bob Ginty) is just a working man who clicks and starts to wreck havoc on all the wrongdoers of New York. Christopher George plays detective Dalton who's about to stop this nutcase that calls himself The Exterminator.

The film.

Despite its strong points The Exterminator is very bland in places. Everything: the dialog, writing, shooting, acting and editing varies from very good to very bad. It stands a step higher than the films of likes of say William Lustig who made films for Glickenhaus' production company. But it's obvious that the crew didn't get enough shots to cut the film together to make it look more presentable. At times the movie takes itself way too seriously.

Advice.

Starts out as a slow low budget movie, turns out to be a fast and mostly effective actioneer. Death Wish it is not, but certainly is worth your time. Watch out for Christopher George cooking his meal!


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