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Writer:
James Glickenhaus (written by)
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Release Date:
19 September 1980 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
A one man army. A new kind of soldier in a new kind of war. [Video] [Australia] See more »
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Grim but effective vigilante tale See more (80 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Christopher George ... Detective James Dalton

Samantha Eggar ... Dr. Megan Stewart

Robert Ginty ... John Eastland

Steve James ... 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

Dennis Boutsikaris ... Frankie
Roger Grimsby ... Himself
Judy Licht ... Herself
Stan Getz ... Himself
George Cheung ... Vietcong Leader (as George Lee Cheung)
Phil Chong ... Vietcong Garrottee

Bill Saito ... Vietcong AK-47
Kenny Endoso ... Vietcong Fire Gag
John Hauk ... U.S. Leader
Kirk Dangler ... U.S. Radioman
Clay Wright ... U.S. Pilot
Paul G. Hensler ... Captured U.S. Soldier (as Paul Hensler)
John L. Fitzgerald ... Mr. Hoffman

Frank Ferrara ... Collector #1
Tony Munafo ... Collector #2

Ned Eisenberg ... Marty

Irwin Keyes ... Bobby
Antonia French ... Jefferson's Daughter
Dwouane Wilson ... Jefferson's Son
Tina Fasano ... Party Girl #1
Tina Austin ... Party Girl #2
Arol Buntzman ... Plainclothes Cop
Santos Morales ... Police Captain
Charles McCarthy ... 'TV' Cop
Cathy Tolbert ... Pontivini's Girlfriend
Tony Farentino ... Lawyer
Ralph Monaco ... Bartender
Evelyn Neal ... Lorraine
Earl Anderson Jr. ... Truck Driver
Greg Sherry ... Maitre D'

Louis Edmonds ... CIA Chief
Vonnabelle Roocke ... Times Square Whore
Sullivan Walker ... Drug Pusher
Lou David ... Leaflet Man
Lloyd Scott ... Sax Player

Tom Everett ... Hotel Clerk
Christopher Brenner ... Chicken Boy
Lawrence Yampolsky ... TV Cameraman #1
Victor Johannis ... TV Cameraman #2
Gerald M. Kline ... Massage Parlor Cop
Paul Farentino ... Message Cop

Caryn West ... Jalon
Mark Buntzman ... Burping Ghoul (as The Producer)

Webster Whinery ... Sammy
Zoya Leporska ... Mugged Woman

Rob King ... Motorcyclist (as Robert King)
Theodore Kubiak ... CIA Agent #2
Sean O'Rinn ... Uniform Cop #4 (as Sean O'Rynn)
John Ashland ... SWAT #1

Joe Duquette ... SWAT #2
Brendan Elliot ... SWAT #3
Robert Turner ... SWAT #4
Ryan Hilliard ... SWAT #5
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Stanley Greene ... Detective (uncredited)

Samuel L. Jackson ... Extra (uncredited)
Peter Jeffries ... Tony (uncredited)
Bryce Guy Williams ... Mafia Thug (uncredited)

Directed by
James Glickenhaus 
 
Writing credits
James Glickenhaus (written by)

Produced by
Mark Buntzman .... producer
 
Original Music by
Joe Renzetti 
 
Cinematography by
Robert M. Baldwin (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Corky O'Hara 
 
Casting by
Joel Segal 
 
Production Design by
William De Seta 
 
Set Decoration by
Ted Glass 
 
Makeup Department
Michal Bigger .... hair stylist
Michal Bigger .... makeup artist
Thomas R. Burman .... special makeup effects: Vietnam sequence (as Tom Burman)
Graham Meech-Burkestone .... makeup artist: Vietnam sequence (as Graham Meech)
Stan Winston .... special makeup effects: Vietnam sequence
James Cummins .... lab technician: Stan Winston crew (uncredited)
Vincent Prentice .... special makeup effects: Stan Winston crew (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Lester Berman .... production executive: Vietnam sequence
Norman Berns .... production executive: New York
Carl Clifford .... unit manager
J. Boyce Harman Jr. .... executive in charge of production (as J. Boyce Harman)
Gerrit van der Meer .... post-production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Linda Civitello .... second assistant director: Vietnam sequence
Patrick Crowley .... assistant director: Vietnam sequence (as Pat Crowley)
Stephen A. Glanzrock .... second assistant director (as Steve Glanzrock)
Jane Hershcopf .... assistant director
Mark Slater .... second assistant director
 
Art Department
Peter Bankins .... property master: Vietnam sequence (as Mick Bankins)
Michael Curry Sr. .... set builder (as Michael Curry)
Paul G. Hensler .... art director: Vietnam sequence (as Paul Hensler)
Scott Moore .... property master
Michael Nozik .... assistant property
Brad Sergi .... assistant set dresser
Thomas Doran .... storyboard artist (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Anthony J. Ciccolini III .... supervising sound editor
Cari Comart .... sound editor
Bill Daly .... sound
Andy Federman .... assistant sound editor
Bernard Hayden .... sound editor
James Hebron .... sound assistant (as Jim Hebron)
Henry Jedda .... assistant sound editor
Dan Lieberstein .... sound editor
Gilberto Costa Nunes .... assistant sound editor (as Gilberto Costa-Nunes)
Chris Roe .... boom operator (as Christopher Roe)
Bruce Staple .... sound re-recording mixer
Anne Stein .... assistant sound editor
Julie Tanser .... sound editor
Mel Zelniker .... sound re-recording mixer (as Mel Zelnicker)
 
Special Effects by
Paul Stewart .... special effects: Vietnam sequence
 
Stunts
Cliff Cudney .... stunt coordinator
Ted Duncan .... stunt coordinator: Vietnam sequence
Jack Gill .... stunts: opening high fall
Jery Hewitt .... stunts: closing high fall (as Jerry Hewitt)
Julius LeFlore .... stunt double: Jefferson (as Julius La Flore)
Jim Lovelett .... stunts: dog fight
Michael Rafferty .... stunts: motorcycle chase
William Vanderveen .... stunts: motorcycle jump
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Sam Bender .... gaffer
Bob Duncan .... additional still photographer
Rick Foster .... second unit photographer: Vietnam sequence
Miguel Jimenez .... electrician
Richard Jones .... key grip: Vietnam sequence (as Dick Jones)
Eric Liebowitz .... additional still photographer
Richard Mauro .... electrician
Joseph Montgomery .... second unit photographer: Vietnam sequence (as Joe Montgomery)
Rick Raphael .... second unit photographer: Vietnam sequence
Nestor Reyes .... apprentice grip
Roosevelt Roberts .... key grip
Richard Ross .... additional still photographer
Harvey Rubin .... camera operator: high speed photography
Michael Smith .... still photographer
John Sosenko .... first assistant camera
Doug Sutton .... best boy (as Doug Sutton)
Jeff Victor .... clapper loader
Gregory Peters .... electrician: Los Angeles (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Dianne Finn-Chapman .... wardrobe supervisor
Barbara Hause .... assistant wardrobe
Bernadette O'Brien .... wardrobe: Vietnam sequence
 
Editorial Department
Sara Bolder .... assistant editor
Lori Kornspun .... assistant editor
David Block .... colorist (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Jack K. Tillar .... music editor (as Jack Tillar)
 
Transportation Department
William Curry .... transportation captain (as Bill Curry)
 
Other crew
David Alexander .... production assistant: Vietnam sequence
Murri Barber .... assistant to producer
Patricia Baum .... unit publicist
Nan Bernstein Freed .... production coordinator (as Nan Bernstein)
Al Cerullo .... helicopter pilot: New York (as Al Cerullo Jr.)
Edith DeLuca .... production office coordinator
Paris Jamal .... dailies transfer: Magno Sound (as Paris G. Jamal)
Steve James .... fight consultant
Genie Joseph .... production assistant
Robin Lerner .... production assistant
Patricia Motyka .... script supervisor: Vietnam sequence
Betsy Pollock .... location coordinator: Vietnam sequence
Nate Ranger .... production assistant
Glenna Ross .... script supervisor
Sandra Smith .... production secretary
Terry Smulen .... production office coordinator: Vietnam sequence
Jerry Sykes .... production assistant
Shelley Vebber .... production office coordinator: Vietnam sequence
Michael Edmund Fitzgerald .... production assistant (uncredited)
 

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Runtime:
UK:99 min | USA:104 min (director's cut) | 101 min (original uncut version)
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1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Stereo (Dolby Stereo)
Certification:
Australia:R | Australia:MA (re-rating) (2005) | Australia:(Banned) (1983-1984) | Finland:K-18 | Finland:(Banned) (uncut) (K-20) (video version) | Finland:K-18 (director's cut) (2000) | Finland:K-18 (heavily cut) (1985) | Finland:K-18 (heavily cut) (1984) | Finland:(Banned) (1981) | France:-16 | Germany:BPjM Restricted | Iceland:(Banned) | Netherlands:16 | Netherlands:16 (1981) | New Zealand:R18 (re-rating) | New Zealand:(Banned) (1981-1984) | Norway:18 (DVD release) (re-rating) (2001) (uncut version) | Norway:(Banned) (video) (1984) (uncut version) | Norway:18 (video premiere) (1982) (uncut version) | Norway:(Banned) (1981-2003) (cinema release) | Sweden:15 | UK:X (original rating) (cut) | UK:18 (cut) (2000) | UK:18 (re-rating) (uncut) (2000) | UK:18 (cut) (1991) | UK:18 (cut) (1985) | USA:R | West Germany:18
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
A movie novelization by Peter McCurtin, who wrote two prose vigilante series titled respectively "The Marksman" and "The Assasin" in the 1970s, was published for this film.See more »
Goofs:
Miscellaneous: When John Eastman feeds the guy into the meat mincer the guy is fully clothed but the minced meat slopping onto the floor has no clothing remnants in it.See more »
Quotes:
John Eastland:If you're lying, I'll be back.See more »
Movie Connections:
References Firepower (1979)See more »
Soundtrack:
Heal ItSee more »

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6 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
Grim but effective vigilante tale, 8 November 2012
Author: lovecraft231 from United States

I love Synapse films. Along with Blue Underground, these guys are pretty much Criterion for fans of horror and exploitation, with movies like "Thriller: A Cruel Picture", "Frankenhooker" and "Maniac Cop" under their belt. So it makes perfect sense that they would release the vigilante movie favorite "The Exterminator" on a Blu-Ray/DVD combo pack. This is a mixed bag for me, as I don't have a Blu-Ray player, but I do have a DVD player, so I can watch the movie but not judge the two discs. I can however, judge the movie.

John Eastland (Robert Ginty) is a Vietnam vet whose war buddy and long time best friend Michael Jefferson (Steve James.) When Michael is fatally wounded by thugs, Eastland decides that not only those responsible should pay: the pimps, pushers and filth of the streets must be exterminated. Thing is, this is bad for the mayor, whose got an election coming up, so it's up to Detective James Dalton (Christopher George) to stop the man known to the city of New York as "The Exterminator."

While there are flaws in this movie (the relationship between Dalton and a nurse played by Samantha Eggar feels unnecessary), this is a prime example of early 80's exploitation. While gore-hounds will be let down (only a gnarly decapitation in a Vietnam flashback), the violence here is vicious and unrelenting-in fact, largely skimping on splatter actually helps enhance the brutality on display-and boy is it a vicious little movie. Eastland is not a man who plays around, setting people ablaze, dropping them in meat-grinders, shooting them with mercury laced bullets-he means business. Also, exploitation fans will more than likely enjoy this, as this is the type of movie that shows you New York before it was cleaned up. This is a world of drug pushers, murderers, and more-the scum of the Earth, and The Exterminator has had enough of them.

It also helps that this is a well directed and mostly well acted movie. James Glickenhouse* films the whole thing in a matter of fact style-no flashy editing or tricks here, just the worst the city has to offer and ugly violence pushed into your face, which aids the already gritty tone of the movie. Meanwhile, Ginty (who most may remember from the MST3K movie "Warriors of the Lost World") has a kind of Charles Bronson like quality-not as good of an actor, but he doesn't really look like an action star. He just looks like a regular guy, and the actor thankfully manages to make Eastland human but not too sympathetic. If anything, he's a psychopath. George meanwhile, plays the guy who may be the most likable character. He doesn't want The Exterminator killing people, but he understands why he's doing it, and doesn't seem to care much for the corrupt political and police establishment around him.

For fans of revenge movies and exploitation, "The Exterminator" is something that must be seen. Is it a perfect movie? No, but it get's the job done without any added bulls#!t.

*Glickenhouse also wrote this movie, and directed the Christopher Walken action movie "McBain", Jackie Chan's ill-advised U.S. debut "The Protector" and the Peter Weller/Sam Elliot cop movie "Shakedown." He also produced "Basket Case 2", "Frankenhooker", "Maniac Cop" and the Joe Don Baker vehicle "Ring of Steel."

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