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Writer:
Robert E. Waters (screenplay)
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Release Date:
March 1984 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
This lady owns the night. See more »
Plot:
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. | Add synopsis »
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Reasonably engaging trash movie. See more (10 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)
Karin Mani ... Billie

Robert Torti ... 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

Marla Stone ... Karen Stride
Kevin Velligan ... Gouger
Tony Oliver ... Bob Mertel
Victoria Shea ... Police Lady
Bob Baisa ... Captain Smith
Tom Bismark ... Thug
Dennis Edwards ... Strickland (as Robert Dennis)
Peter Furman ... Grossman
Mark Zaslove ... Bailiff
Mark DeFrain ... Tough #1
Dennis Keep ... Tough #2
Gino Valenti ... Sergeant
Mark Bradford ... Switchboard Operator
Bois Elwell ... Stage Director
John Cardone ... Bondsman (as John Cardona)
Tony R. Martinez ... Store Owner

Hanala Sagal ... Prison Guard (as Suzan Stadner)
Charon Heuer ... Prison Guard
Beth Staeheli ... Prison Guard
Cynthia Helferstay ... Female Prisoner
Roxanne Duvall ... Female Prisoner
Vanessa McCabe ... Female Prisoner
Tracy O'Brien ... Female Prisoner
Irene Waters ... Female Prisoner
Diane Stroebel ... Female Prisoner
Rosemary Patterson ... Admitting Clerk
Craig Dinkel ... Car Stripper
Adrian Barnes ... Car Stripper
Eben McCabe ... Car Stripper
Edward Archer ... Accompanist
Dolores Waggoner ... Prison Matron
Adolfo López ... Gonzales (as Adolfo Lopez)
Robert Noonoo ... Attorney
Ashok Mukhey ... Attorney
Barry Jamesby ... Doctor
Patricia Heald ... Nurse
Rose Dreifus ... Kate Clark
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Directed by
Victor M. Ordonez  (as Victor Ordoñez)
Ed Palmos  (as Edward Victor)
Al Valletta 
 
Writing credits
Robert E. Waters (screenplay)

Produced by
David A. Gronsky .... associate producer
Bruce M. Mannis .... assistant producer
Edward L. Montoro .... executive producer
Victor M. Ordonez .... producer (as Victor M. Ordoñez)
Robert E. Waters .... producer
 
Original Music by
Quito Colayco 
 
Cinematography by
Howard A. Anderson III (director of photography) (as Howard Anderson III)
 
Film Editing by
Robert Ernst 
 
Production Design by
Robert Lee 
 
Set Decoration by
Mannie Lee 
 
Makeup Department
Melanie A. Kay .... special makeup effects (as Melanie Kay)
Melody Poltroneri .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Mark DeFrain .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Mary Ellen Woods .... first assistant director
 
Sound Department
Jon Huck .... sound mixer
 
Stunts
Lita Vasquez .... stunt coordinator
John Cann .... stunt double (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Vic Palileo .... second assistant camera
Sidney Sidell .... first assistant camera (as Jerry Sidell)
George Teresak .... gaffer
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Vilma Pedrique .... wardrobe
 
Music Department
Igo Kantor .... music supervisor
Douglas M. Lackey .... music supervisor (as Doug Lackey)
 
Other crew
Kerry Nichols .... production secretary
Cynthia Villa-Abrille .... script supervisor
 

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82 min
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Certification:
Finland:K-18 | Iceland:16 | Norway:18 (video premiere) | USA:R

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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
Reasonably engaging trash movie., 7 June 2013
Author: Scott LeBrun (Hey_Sweden) from Canada

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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