One of four consecutive films in which Fred Williamson wrote, starred, produced or directed in 1982 which include One Down Two To Go (co-starring with Jim Brown, Jim Kelly and Richard Roundtree, The Big Shot (co-starring again with Richard Roundtree and John Saxon), The Last Shot (which featured Willie Colon) and Vigilante (which also featured Colon as a villain).
This is the fourth consecutive film in which Joe Spinell appeared in a film in which Fred Williamson was the writer, star, producer or director during 1982. He appeared in One Down Two To Go (as a mob flunky), The Big Shot (as the main villain), The Last Shot (a mobster) and Vigilante (as a sleazy lawyer).
The film was co-Directed by Fred Williamson and Producer Jerry Massucci because Williamson was busy filming One Down Two To Go which was being shot in Staten Island which this film was shot in New York City. They share co-directing credit during the films' opening credits.
The film also features the esteemed members of the Salsa music scene which include Ruben Blades, Willie Colon, Johnny Pacheco and Celia Cruz. They are seen on screen together during the opening of the film.
Shot almost at the same exact time as One Down Two To Go with the film sharing the films' Director of Photography James Lemmo, the editor Daniel Loewenthal and a few actors including Joe Spinell. Production on both films were quick and simple because they were both filmed in and around New York City.
The first of two scores that Jay Chattaway composed for a Fred Williamson production. The other is Vigilante for his friend and Director William Lustig. Chattaway was recommended by the films' editor Daniel Loewenthal and Lustig during Williamson's time on Vigilante and Chattaway would supervise the live music recordings by Ruben Blades in the film.