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Night of the Juggler (1980)

 -  Action | Crime | Drama  -  7 June 1980 (Japan)
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A tough, New York ex-cop relentlessly searches for his kidnapped teenage daughter whom is held by a twisted psycho after mistaking her for the daughter of a wealthy businessman.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sean Boyd
Gus Soltic
Lt. Tonelli (as Richard Castellano)
Linda Miller ...
Barbara Boyd (as Linda G. Miller)
Barton Heyman ...
Sully Boyar ...
Larry the Dog Catcher
Abby Bluestone ...
Kathy Boyd
Sgt. Otis Barnes
Allesandro the Cabbie
Hampton Richmond Clayton III
Frank Adu ...
Nancy Andrews ...
Mrs. Logan
Rick Anthony ...
Tony Azito ...
Peep Show Cashier


A tough cop goes on a citywide rampage when his daughter is mistakenly kidnapped by a psycho. The psycho had originally targeted someone else's daughter, but is just as prepared to kill anybody unless his colossal ransom demands are met. Written by Jonathon Dabell <>

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ransom | new york | death | psychopath | police | See more »


In the heart of every victim is a hero and he'll tear apart a city to prove it.


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7 June 1980 (Japan)  »

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Sidney J. Furie was the director originally hired for this film. Furie quit when it was alleged that Brolin broke his foot, and the producers suggested Brolin perform the role in a cast. The doctor's reports, however, were erroneous. Many of Furie's previous collaborators, including Rick Natkin, Argyle Nelson and Jay Weston, continued working on the finished product. See more »


References Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia (1974) See more »

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James Brolin on a wild ride through wild New York City seeking his daughter's kidnapper
10 July 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"Night of the Juggler" is a boldly-written story that goes the limit in depicting NYC and its inhabitants, the sane ones and the crazy ones. Both writers, William W. Norton and Rick Natkin, are experienced action-crime writers, unafraid to show the negatives of policemen and everyone else. They can be politically incorrect -- a good thing too. They can also cross the line into parody and make us laugh, and they do that too in this picture. The director, Robert Butler, who has done a great deal of television work and some movies, is more than capable to put this project on film. He gets good performances from everyone and some hair-raising action scenes.

The result here is one wild ride as James Brolin chases Cliff Gorman who has mistakenly kidnapped his daughter.

Also known as "Fort Bronx", we see some amazingly devastated areas of the city. In one boisterous sequence, Brolin contends with an array of Puerto Rican youths defending their turf against whitey, while a Puerto Rican lass who is attracted to him is trying to help him find Gorman, who is completely convincing as a crazed man who feels besieged by minorities, the rich, the powerful, and the politicians. In an earlier foot and car sequence, Brolin pursues Gorman through the hot and crowded streets.

Along the way, Brolin, an ex-cop, stirs up the crazed anger of a corrupt cop he once crossed. The actor playing this cop is Dan Bedaya, who has intense dark eyes and who can look as crazy and scary as anyone who really is. His role is memorable.

Richard Castellano plays a stable and conscientious detective, who has, among other obstacles, to contend with heavy-handed cops who wouldn't mind catching the kidnapped girl in a crossfire in order to kill Gorman.

I have hardly scratched the surface of the confrontations that occur in this picture, as between Brolin and his ex-wife or between Castellano and the rich folks whose daughter was supposed to have been kidnapped, or between Brolin and the nude dancers at a 42nd street porn palace. There are no dull moments in this movie.

Another good word for Gorman who absolutely inhabited his well-written part that generates sympathy for a man who has lost his parents, his home, any sense of friendship and has slipped into a hostility against the forces around him that is virtually paranoia. He has not lost his cunning, however, and he makes a formidable kidnapper.

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