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Release Date:
19 September 1980 (USA) See more »
A one man army. A new kind of soldier in a new kind of war. [Video] [Australia] See more »
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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A war veteran turns one-man vigilante when his friend is attacked and paralyzed by furious band formed by some ominous punks See more (81 total) »


  (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
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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UK:99 min | USA:104 min (director's cut) | 101 min (original uncut version)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Stereo (Dolby Stereo)
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

Did You Know?

When the film was released, some censors overseas wouldn't allow the film to be shown unless considerable cuts were made; they wouldn't let movies show "bad guys" getting away with their crimes and wanted them brought to justice so the audiences would be sure to get the message that "crime doesn't pay".See more »
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): While approaching his apartment, Eastland signals to turn left when he notices the police car outside his building. He can not turn left because the street he is trying to turn into is a one-way street going the other direction, as shown by the sign on the corner which is clearly visible during several of shots.See more »
John Eastland:If you're lying, I'll be back.See more »
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6 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
A war veteran turns one-man vigilante when his friend is attacked and paralyzed by furious band formed by some ominous punks, 15 October 2011
Author: ma-cortes

Successful crime thriller of the 80s that went on the ¨Vigilante genre¨ which Bronson had created as Architect Paul Kersey turned avenger . Again an ordinary man become vigilante and taking the law into his own hands as judge , jury and executioner. This first entry with excessive violence concerns about John Eastland (Robert Ginty), a Vietnam vet and New York worker and become into relentless revenger . John turns the one-man vigilante when his friend (Steve James) is attacked by furious band formed by some heinous villains . His friend lives in N.Y. along with his wife and daughter and he is made a cripple and reduced to living vegetable. Eastland then stalks the slums of N.Y. and takes the law into his own hands , searching vengeance on crooks , hoodlums, sadistic muggers and pimps making the neighborhood safer and bumping off delinquents and street scum. Meanwhile a stubborn police inspector (Christopher George) is investigating the grisly events .

This first outing contains suspense , noisy action-packed, intrigue, thrills galore and lots of violence and gore , including obnoxious executions as nasty beheading -made by Stan Winston- and others. This disgusting story looks increasingly passionless and mechanical and violence seems to be considered excessive . Robert Ginty with his usual stoic acting displays efficiently his weapon , Magnum 44 , such as ¨Harry the Dirty¨ and killing mercilessly nasties . It's certainly thrilling , though the morality may be questionable , even in this time, as the spectators were clearly on the Ginty-Eastland side . Furthermore, appears a nice main and secondary cast , as Susanna York as a doctor , Christopher George as obstinate cop ,and Dennis Boutsikaris as heinous hoodlum in his film debut. It packs a screeching musical score composed, orchestrated by Joe Renzetti , including a wonderful and emotive final song that is the best item of the film . There's an unrated director's cut that runs some minutes more . This exciting motion picture is middlingly directed by James Glickenhaus . He's an expert on violent action movies as proved in ¨The protector¨, ¨Shakedown¨ and ¨The soldier¨ . Followed by another extremely violent and low-budgeted sequel to this successful 1980 movie , realized in 1984 by the same producer Mark Buntzman with Mario Van Peebles in his movie debut , Debora Geffner, Frankie Faison and of course Robert Ginty , replacing his Magnum by means of using a blowtorch against street scum.

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