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Tag: The Assassination Game (1982)

College assassination game turns deadly as someone starts playing for real.

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Susan participates in The Assassination Game, in which every player tries to shoot another with a toy dart gun, until only one remains. Pretending to do research for his newspaper, college student Alex Marsh teams up with the attractive Susan Swayze. While doing his best to win her over, and helping her finding her targets, Alex discovers that this year the Game may be more serious than most contenders realize... Written by Peter Zweers <peterz@pi.net>

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20 April 1982 (USA)  »

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3 of 5 weapons used in the movie were Berettas. The primary dart pistol used by the players is a cross between the Beretta M1951 9mm and Model 70. The trigger guard, disassembly catch and pattern of the handle grip are from Model 70 while the safety, barrel and handle itself are from the 1951. The dart pistol used by Susan around the pool is an imitation Beretta Model 21 (this is also the same dart pistol that was inside the book that Carpenter showed to Marsh) while the firearm used by Gersh to murder his fellow players was an early model (circa 1976) Beretta 92. The third dart gun (used by Nancy at the pool) was an imitation Baby Browning (the same company that made the primary dart pistol made this one as well) while the firearm carried by the college rent-a-cop was a .38 caliber with a 4 inch barrel. It is only shown in dark light so it is impossible to determine the exact manufacturer). See more »

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Carpenter claims the progress chart is confidential yet he keeps it in the common room with public access that is shared by 3 student groups instead of his office. See more »

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Susan Swayze: Why are you doing this?
Loren Gersh: I want to win the game, you silly!
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Easy With You
Performed by Madeleine Marks
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Those Goofy College Kids and their Silly Games!
19 January 2008 | by (the Draconian Swamp of Unholy Souls) – See all my reviews

The execution of "TAG: The Assassination Game" may be primarily comical and light-headed, the concept is extremely ingenious and would easily lean itself for a harsh and disturbing thriller. It's actually quite regrettable that writer/director Nick Castle (an acolyte of John Carpenter, which is made clear through many details throughout the film) opted for the more comical and all-revealing approach, as you can't help thinking this premise held a lot more potential. "TAG" is the name of a game organized on campus grounds and it's a gigantic hype in universities all across the USA. The participating students dispose of toy guns and receive the profile of another participant together with the assignment to "kill" them. Of course one of the players, who can't stand losing too well, takes the game a little serious and starts taking out his targets with genuine bullets. Most of the film, however, revolves on the game circuit of the lovely Linda Hamilton, as well as on her romance with the school newspaper journalist Robert Carradine), so it takes an awful long while before anyone ever realizes there's a crazed killer on the loose. "TAG" isn't exactly suspenseful, since the identity of the killer is never kept secret and – let's face it – someone going completely bonkers over losing a stupid college game isn't very convincing. There's also a severe lack in body count and the murders themselves aren't very spectacular. Still, it's a fun idea and the film has a few highly memorable moments and eccentric characters, like Carpenter (see the link?); the creep who keeps hold of the score. Linda Hamilton looks beautiful and very sexy in this one, although she smokes like a chimney unfortunately, and it's also the debut film of Bruce Abbott (Re-Animator).


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