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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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R | See all certifications »

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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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Did You Know?

Trivia

Steve James originally read for the small part of the bartender. However, director James Glickenhaus was so impressed with his reading that he cast James in the part of Michael. See more »

Goofs

During the conversation at the table in the park, the boom mic is visible against the front of the umbrella over the actors 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

Referenced in The Soldier (1982) 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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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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