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Kill Squad (1982)

 -  Action | Drama  -  June 1982 (USA)
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A wealthy business man is a victim of an assault and is shot and wheelchair bound while his wife is gang raped and murdered. He then assembles his motley squad of Vietnam buddies to kung fu...


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Larry Pearson
Jeff Risk ...
Joseph Lawrence
Jerry Johnson ...
Francisco Ramírez ...
Bill Cambra ...
Gary Fung ...
Marc Sabin ...
Alan Marcus ...
Jessie James
Mike Donahue ...
Billy (as Sean Donahue)
Cherilyn Basile ...
Larry Jackson ...
Corlean Pitre ...
Ladd Ruckner ...
Mr. Levy


A wealthy business man is a victim of an assault and is shot and wheelchair bound while his wife is gang raped and murdered. He then assembles his motley squad of Vietnam buddies to kung fu their way to revenge and get those muthas back.

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12 Hands... 12 Feet... 24 Reasons To Die!


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June 1982 (USA)  »

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Jeff Risk's lines were dubbed by Russell Johnson. See more »


Joseph Lawrence: Assemble the Squad!
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"Lets get down to business."
7 May 2011 | by (the Mad Hatter's tea party.) – See all my reviews

You should know what to expect. And with "Kill Squad" you get what you expect. Silliness. Man-love. Rose beds. Action. That's non-stop silliness, man-love, rose-beds and action. Martial arts action. Where everyone (yep that's everyone) who fights knows kung-fu or gives it some sort of shot. No one is safe. And nobody is safe from the sound FX too (swoosh, crunch and smack). Cheap, low-grade drive-in exploitation that's simply fun from start to finish. Its happy-go-lucky approach is episodic, but it's all about the kung-fu set-pieces. Less talk, more fighting… that's it… although there's bit of strutting as well. Well they can't help it because of its funky dory soundtrack. Sure repetitive, but never does it become tiring due to its speedy pacing and brutal carnage. A small group of Vietnam veterans with special abilities reunite to seek vengeance for a friend who was left paralysed. The motto; "Joseph needs you." So after the brutal opening, we then see the squad… but before teaming up ("Assemble the squad Larry. You know where to find them."), they all get some sort of intro to show how badass they are (and even invincible… you'll know why when you see it). Then it comes "Joseph needs you." No hesitation, they're in and they deck up in their former army gear to help their pal. It's super best friends doing (a head nodding) Joseph proud, out to dig up leads but finding nothing but trouble as they take matters into their own hands. Especially those you don't like to play fair, by bringing out a gun… but those moments do end up with comical and quite bloody results ("You better let me hold onto this before you kill yourself").

Plenty of humour is evident, but never does it feel all that serious. It's purposely funny, but well delivered on that front. There's a good mixture of laughs, sleaze (… this one is politically incorrect) and take no prisoners violence. That's not to say it doesn't get ridiculous, because it does… like the balaclava wearing sniper who suddenly appears from nowhere eliminating any clues / ties / people and the climatic revelation is pure ham instilling utter melodramatic daftness. The story is just dumb, but just roll with it. Performances are leaden, but diverting and the stunt work is a hearty display with its forceful fury and swift timing.

Enjoyably hip, if low-brow macho kung-fu entertainment.

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