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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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  (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)
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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?

At conventions, Irwin Keyes has said that he played the same character in both Exterminator films--despite the fact that his character is killed in the first film.See more »
Crew or equipment visible: When John Eastland (The Exterminator) is going through the mob boss's house he is attacked by a Doberman. A crewman can clearly be seen standing in the doorway, probably having just released the dog.See more »
Detective James Dalton:Jesus, looks like he got hit with napalm.See more »
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11 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
It was fair… could have been better, though., 23 November 2005
Author: lost-in-limbo from the Mad Hatter's tea party.

In New York John Eastland an Vietnam Veteran turns vigilante when his best friend/Vietnam buddy is attacked by a group of thugs and left paralysed. Since his buddy saved his life in Vietnam, he thought he should do him a favour. So John becomes a one-man show and goes out and gives some of his own justice to these lowlifes. After taking care of that gang, he sets his sights higher, by trying to bring down the city's seedy and dark underground. He calls himself the Exterminator, but police see him as nothing than a psychopathic killer, but the CIA and Government officials see him more as a threat because they believe he could undermine an entire government administration. The media and public, see him as a (anti) hero and these corrupt officials don't want that.

This is one of the many vigilante/exploitation films that flooded the screens within 70's and 80's period… thanks to "Death Wish", which were only meant to shock you with relentless violence and grit. Well, this supposedly DVD I watch claims to be the director's cut, but some sequences definitely feel like they were trimmed… unless that was the director's choice, but I doubt it because they felt odd and was mostly around the violence.

Anyway what we got here is a remotely entertaining low-budget vigilante piece, but really it's nothing we haven't seen before. If your expecting a whole lotta' graphic violence, you might be disappointed as it was rather tame in spots where it could have been grisly to watch. But saying that it does have a couple of shocking moments, but really not enough to make it stand out from the rest of its field. It was rather comic book style violence, with it being more nasty than bloody. What makes it a little tiresome is that a lot of time it skews away from our vigilante doing his work, in favour for a budding romance between a cop and doctor, it just didn't add anything, well not for me. It could have scrap that idea and delve more into the Exterminator's psyche, or please more gripping action. Yes action, the film just lacked something big… I was hoping for more. Especially when we are thrown right into the action when the film begins, but I was sorely disappointed and the exploitative nature was just uneven and what was the deal with the wrenching images. Sometimes the material tries too hard to be moving and have a softer side. It just didn't work for me. You just think, oh this going to be great, with some promising torture scenes and tussles, but honestly you feel short changed with the outcome of most, as there seems to be more of a focus on the aftermath. What didn't help was that some moments are actually unintentionally humorous. But on the other hand there are some nice ideas in the bunch, but it just could've been executed in a better fashion. The plot tries to cover some social discussions involving the Vietnam War, Cheap labour, street crime, media, child prostitution corrupt officials and plenty of wry humour mixed in. Although, there's nothing about these messages that are exceptional or haven't been handled better.

What blew me away was that director James Glickenhaus pulls you into the seedy and dirty streets of New York. He truly makes the raw environment an unpleasant experience to view, along with the scum who walk it. Camera work was potent with some well established shots, with plenty of close ups and fast moving shooting. Also the director loved his slow-mow! Soundtrack was very 70's. A sample of the decade indeed. But there are some odd song choices in certain parts of the film, but they were reasonably groovy and swinging in mood. Although, the editing was annoying at times, it was real choppy and because of that there's several incoherent sequences and stuff left up in the air. Just like the unthinkable ending (that took me by the blue), which is messily put together. Performances are fair, even if Robert Ginty is bland as the crusader and Christopher George makes the most of his character. Though, those people playing the CIA agents really hammed it up with inane dialogue and hilarious appearances.

Mediocre at best, with some heart pounding moments and clever touches, but I just thought it could've been far better. Maybe I was expecting too much? Nonetheless, it did its job by keeping me entertained for the odd 90 minutes or so. That's good enough for me.

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