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Director:
Writer:
James Glickenhaus (written by)
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Release Date:
19 September 1980 (USA) See more »
Genre:
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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"...That n*gger was my best friend, you m*therf*cker..." See more (79 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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Aspect Ratio:
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:
Detective James Dalton:Jesus, looks like he got hit with napalm.See more »
Movie Connections:
References Beyond the Door (1974)See more »
Soundtrack:
Heal ItSee more »

FAQ

What are the differences between the R-Rated and Unrated Version? What about the British Versions of the movie?
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3 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
"...That n*gger was my best friend, you m*therf*cker...", 4 August 2008
Author: Erich8192 from Corpus Christi, Texas

James Glickenhaus certainly had a stone cold vision of what he wanted when he made this gritty film in the waning days of the Carter administration about a Vietnam vet who goes on a man hunt for the worst society has to offer.

What immediately becomes evident when seeing The Exterminator is that the violence and subject matter are completely uncompromising; disturbingly realistic at times, over the top and sadistic at others. But the story is well written and mature and I have a hard time throwing the 'exploitation' label at this film like some others do; it is definitely a few steps ahead of some tongue in cheek Cannon Films fodder. At the core of the story is a true friendship between two Vietnam buddies; a bachelor named John Eastland, and a family man named Michael Jefferson (who is black, which adds an interesting social dynamic to this older film and has significance in a couple of scenes). The two are law abiding working class guys living in crime infested 1980's New York City.

Once this solid premise is developed, the film more or less follows the typical vigilante- revenge formula, albeit in a really brutal, and at times, heart-breaking way. The thing that saves this movie from being just a Death Wish 1.5 is the inclusion of a parallel story about the upcoming 'elections' and the perceived soft-on-crime stance the current administration has promoted. The conservative views of the films writer-director really come into play with this subplot, as a couple of CIA operatives are intent on keeping a lid on any person that would show the ineffective nature of a more liberal justice system, especially just around election time.

The Exterminator is clearly a prototype for the style of action movies that came to dominate during the Reagan administration, in it's decidedly conservative stance and it's excessive use of R violence, but the slower pacing and cinematography, and bleak outlook at modern society tie this film more to the 1970's style. The music is haunting and low key and really adds to the dark feel of the film. A good surprise ending keeps the story from becoming too predictable, but leaves a lot of loose ends, perhaps not a bad thing. But avoid the trashy and simplistic sequel which has nothing to do with James Glickenhaus or his style.

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