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Death Games (1980)
"Final Cut" (original title)

 -  Drama  -  17 October 1980 (USA)
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A reporter and his girlfriend follow around a famous actor/entrepreneur and discover some dirt on him to be made public.


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Complete credited cast:
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Carmen J. McCall ...
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A reporter and his girlfriend follow around a famous actor/entrepreneur and discover some dirt on him to be made public.

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Lou Brown received top / first billing, David Clendenning received second billing, Jennifer Cluff received third billing and Narelle Johnson received fourth billing. See more »

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Ambitious young cameraman makes a sensational documentary about a ruthless showbiz promoter . Intriguing low budget and stylish thriller with a twist.
6 August 2006 | by (Parson's Green, London) – See all my reviews

We saw this one at Cannes, 1980, where the audience - and the movie magazine Lumiere , in particular were more than a little bit in love with it. This may be because, unlike the IMDb website reviewers , they actually actually 'got' it . After all, two of the current IMDb website reviews are commenting on another film altogether: A Texas 'swamp movie' with a not dissimilar title...

Final Cut (1980) is basically a play on the idea of off the cuff documentary making carried to the limits and has lots of verbal and visual clues to this rather early post modern intent: after all how many other movies actually have the name 'Dziga Vertov' chucked around in dialog? Not that that's necessarily a good thing!

But the great hand-held cinematography by Ron Johanson and a marvelous- and for the time- very smart electronic soundtrack by UK film and TV composer Howard Davidson , all make this little super low budget movie an absolute keeper - and a film that's maybe worth watching a bit earlier in the night - and without a bottle of bourbon!

Final Cut may not entirely succeed, but at least the still loyal European Pay TV audiences and a healthily large worldwide group of (primarily) film student fans seem to have understood the film's self- referential movie shtick that the filmmakers seem to have - rather bravely - gone for!

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