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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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He's not only smarter than the police-He's doing their job...He's the Exterminator See more »


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Release Date:

19 September 1980 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

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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

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

Chicken Pimp: Hey man, whatcha doing? Come on man, don't fuck around! Hey! Hey! Don't do that! Come on, man. Whatcha doing that for? Stop!
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Referenced in The Nail Gun Massacre (1985) See more »

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A brutal 1980s Semi-Grindhouse Revenge Flick
21 July 2011 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

"The Exterminator" is a film that has many flaws but also has high entertainment value, The Story is nothing new, the characters are only half developed, and the film was made on a low budget, however it has a certain charm to it that makes it an entertaining watch.

The Plot of the film involves A Vietnam vet named John Eastland (Played by Robert Ginty, RIP) Taking the Name of "THE EXTERMINATOR" and Going out onto the streets of New York to hunt and kill a bunch of thugs that killed his best friend, and in the process try to rid new york entirely of crime. A policeman played by (Christopher George RIP) is out to catch him, but unknown to both of them the CIA is also after THE EXTERMINATOR its just a matter of time who will get to Him first.

Like i said the Plot isn't that Original, and the subplot involving the CIA is hugely Underdeveloped, and like i mentioned the characters are half developed, in other words they are only half interesting, but the sole Savior of this film is the violence and gritty atmosphere in which the Director James Glickenhaus Creates, the violence in this film is Raw and nasty and the Villains are extremely Despicable and when they get whats coming to them it Effectively pays off, The Film is what it is, an Exploitation film and a good one at that, in fact it has some truly powerful scenes as well as some emotional ones and if you see the film you'll know what I'm talking about.

OVERALL (6/10): "The Exterminator" is a Film to be viewed with caution, as it is very Depressing and Brutally Violent, But it does have its moments of being effective, and the violence is not Over the top in gore, its nasty and disgusting, I would say its on the level of TAXI DRIVER's violence, For general film goers I would probably say Skip this film but for fans of revenge movies and exploitation films I would suggest checking out this fairly controversial flick.


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