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Alley Cat (1984)

R | | Action | March 1984 (USA)
A beautiful young martial arts expert stops a vicious street gang from robbing her grandparents' house. The gang marks her for murder, but her grandparents are killed instead. The girl sets out to take her revenge on the gang.

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(as Victor Ordoñez), (as Edward Victor) | 1 more credit »

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Billie
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Johnny
Britt Helfer ...
Hooker
Michael Wayne ...
Scarface
Jon Greene ...
Boyle
Jay Fisher ...
Charles Clark
Claudia Decea ...
Rose
Tim Cutt ...
Thomas Vernon
Jay Walker ...
Judge Taylor
Moriah Shannon ...
Sam
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Karen Stride
Kevin Velligan ...
Gouger
Tony Oliver ...
Bob Mertel
Victoria Shea ...
Police Lady
Bob Baisa ...
Captain Smith
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A beautiful young martial arts expert stops a vicious street gang from robbing her grandparents' house. The gang marks her for murder, but her grandparents are killed instead. The girl sets out to take her revenge on the gang.

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In this part of the city, every street is a dead end. See more »

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Epreuve de force  »

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Billie: Don't mess with girls in the park; that's not nice!
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Reasonably engaging trash movie.
7 June 2013 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

The amusing "Alley Cat" is a watchable low budget variation on the time honoured "Death Wish" premise with a female lead. It never really catches fire, but it remains a mild diversion anyway - a crude, formulaic, sleazy, cheesy diversion that does deliver some of the requirements of the exploitation genre.

Karin Mani stars as Billie, a young woman living with her grandparents who works herself into a righteous fury when the old folk are targeted by criminal scum. The grandmother is fatally stabbed during a mugging and Billie becomes consumed with the idea of revenge. She meets cute with a nice guy cop named Johnny (Robert Torti) who indulges in some of his own vigilante tactics.

Mani's clearly got what it takes when it comes to the ass kicking department, but in general isn't terribly appealing; Torti scores more strongly in terms of likability. (However, Mani looks so good sans clothes that it's doubtful many people are going to care that much.) Much of the acting is amateurish yet entertaining. Lovely Britt Helfer has a memorable bit as a hooker whom Johnny intimidates into giving up information. Both Jon Greene and Michael Wayne have fun roles as a jerk cop and the prime antagonist of the piece, respectively. Wayne, who sports a scar and is thus named "Scarface", is actually named Krug in the movie, which will amuse any fan of "The Last House on the Left".

There's enough nudity to keep people happy as well as the required shower scene since a plot twist has Billie sent to prison (there's a message in here about the complete unfairness of an incompetent judicial system). One of the cons also makes lesbian overtures towards Billie. The fight scenes aren't the most slickly staged but are basically enjoyable. And the silly music score is just icing on this cake.

It's easy to see why this might be somewhat obscure for its genre but if you're a die hard addict of trash cinema you could certainly do a lot worse.

Seven out of 10.


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