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Release Date:
23 April 1982 (West Germany) See more »
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A Los Angeles businesswoman, known only by her street name of Princess, turns to prostitution to support... See more » | Add synopsis »
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One of the grittiest, toughest, police stories ever made. See more (46 total) »


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Season Hubley ... Princess

Gary Swanson ... Tom Walsh

Wings Hauser ... Ramrod

Pepe Serna ... Pete Mendez

Beverly Todd ... Louise Williams
Joseph Di Giroloma ... Kowalski (as Joseph DiGiroloma)
Maurice Emanuel ... Edwards
Wayne Hackett ... Christian Sorenson
Nina Blackwood ... Ginger

Sudana Bobatoon ... Dixie
Lydia Lei ... Coco
Kelly Piper ... Blue Chip
Kristoffer Anders ... Sergeant Brooks
Joseph Baroncini ... Ted
Fred Berry ... Sugar Pimp
Tom Brent ... Happy Harve

Grand L. Bush ... Black Pimp (as Grand Bush)
Marilyn Coleman ... Beatrice Adams

Michael Ensign ... Chauffeur
Nate Esformes ... The John
Stacy Everly ... Teenage Junkie
Cliff Frazier ... Mace (as Clifford Frazier)
Lyla Graham ... Mrs. Cruikshank
Peter Harrell ... First Dude
Jonathan Haze ... Dapper Man
Vincent J. Isaac ... Silky
Cyndi James Gossett ... Black Prostitute (as Cyndi James-Reese)
Ben Kronen ... Elderly Man
Bob Laird ... Motorcycle Officer #1
Doug Laird ... Motorcycle Officer #2

Robert Miano ... Duty Sergeant
Richard Milholland ... Driver
Vahan Moosekian ... Doctor
Mark Ness ... Cab Driver
Stack Pierce ... Roscoe

Barbara Pilavin ... Derelict Woman
Donald Rawley ... Gregory - The Swish
David Ross ... Officer
Stan Ross ... Drunk
Cheryl Smith ... White Prostitute
Hugo Stanger ... Old Man at Mansion
Arnold F. Turner ... Boss Player (as Arnold Turner)
Nicole Volkoff ... Lisa
Richard Wetzel ... Fast Eddie
Ark Wong ... Mr. Wong
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Harry Hart-Browne ... Trixie (uncredited)
Troy Martin ... Rocky Horror Fan (uncredited)

Directed by
Gary Sherman  (as Gary A. Sherman)
Writing credits
Sandy Howard (written by) and
Kenneth Peters (written by) and
Robert Vincent O'Neill (written by) (as Robert Vincent O'Neil)

Gary Sherman  uncredited

Produced by
Frank Capra Jr. .... executive producer
Brian E. Frankish .... producer (as Brian Frankish)
Frank Hildebrand .... associate producer
Sandy Howard .... executive producer
Robert Rehme .... executive producer
Cinematography by
John Alcott (photographed by)
Film Editing by
Roy Watts 
Casting by
Judi Jones 
Production Design by
Lee Fischer  (as Lee C. Fischer)
Costume Design by
Bernadette O'Brien 
Makeup Department
Scott Readwine .... makeup artist (as Scott Jon Readwine)
Production Management
Jim Dyer .... unit production manager (as James Robert Dyer)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Robert Becker .... first assistant director (as Robert S. Becker)
Richard Espinoza .... second assistant director (as Dick Espinoza)
Sound Department
George Baetz .... boom operator
Charles Hansen .... sound mixer (as Charles B. Hansen)
David J. Hudson .... sound re-recording mixer
Mel Metcalfe .... sound re-recording mixer
Ralph Moss .... sound engineer
Tally Paulos .... dialogue editor
James Troutman .... sound effects supervisor (as Jim Troutman)
Ray West .... sound re-recording mixer
David A. Whittaker .... sound editor (uncredited)
Bill Couch .... stunt coordinator
Eddie Hice .... stunt coordinator
Tom Lancaster .... stunt double: Wings Hauser
Nick Dimitri .... stunt double (uncredited)
Hubie Kerns Jr. .... stunt double (uncredited)
James Winburn .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
John Anneman .... camera operator (as John G. Anneman)
Michael Barrett .... electrician
Dennis Grow .... gaffer
Jay Hergot .... electrician
Kim Hubbard .... best boy grip
Michael E. Matteson .... dolly grip
Andy Mercer .... grip
Ken Miller .... key grip
Rick Nunnally .... assistant camera
Michael Paris .... still photographer
Ted Rhodes .... electrical best boy
Tracy Trotter .... first assistant camera
Kevin Williams .... electrician
Gregory Peters .... best boy (uncredited)
Gregory Peters .... electrician (uncredited)
Jed Skillman .... assistant camera: second unit (uncredited)
Rick Wiley .... grip (uncredited)
Casting Department
Johanna Ray .... casting associate
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Laura Sode-Matteson .... assistant costumer (as Laura Sode)
Editorial Department
John Currin .... assistant editor
Helena Rubinstein .... apprentice editor
Music Department
George S. Clinton .... arranger: additional music and lyrics (as George Clinton)
George S. Clinton .... composer: additional music and lyrics (as George Clinton)
Hal Landers .... music consultant
Lewis Merenstein .... musical supervisor
Michael Montgomery .... arranger: additional music and lyrics
Michael Montgomery .... composer: additional music and lyrics
Arlon Ober .... music editor
Keith Rubinstein .... music supervisor
Transportation Department
Larry Bennett .... driver
Robert E. Evans .... driver: honeywagon
Gale Fisher .... driver
George Staubs .... production van driver (as George W. Staubs)
Frank Tremonti .... transportation coordinator (as Frank A. Tremonti)
Sandra Tremonti .... transportation captain
Other crew
Sandra Bailey .... creative consultant
Dustin Bernard .... production assistant (as Dustin R. Bernard)
Donald P. Borchers .... production associate
Charles Brescia .... set coordinator
Lee R. Craig .... fire safety officer
Les F. Dollar .... caterer
Chip Fowler .... production office coordinator
Cathy Mickel Gibson .... assistant production accountant (as Cathy Gibson)
J. Dakin Grahame .... assistant to producers
Carol Hilson .... assistant to producers
Robert Hippard .... location manager
Larry Hollister .... first aid (as Larry 'Doc' Hollister)
Paddy Kean .... location assistant
Pat Kimber .... assistant set coordinator
John Lizzi .... stand-in
Jack Lyons .... publicist
Jean Ovrum .... assistant to producers
Jeanne Rosenberg .... script supervisor
Gayle Sandler .... production secretary
Ron Von Schimmelmann .... production accountant

Production CompaniesDistributorsSpecial Effects
  • Knott Limited (special effects equipment) (as Knott Limited Special Effects)
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Additional Details

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97 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Australia:R | Finland:K-18 | France:-16 | Iceland:16 | Italy:VM18 | Norway:18 (video premiere) (1984) (cut) | Norway:(Banned) (1982-2003) (cinema release) | Portugal:M/18 | USA:R | West Germany:18

Did You Know?

Ramrod's apartment and the police station were the only sets created for the film; everything else was shot on location.See more »
Crew or equipment visible: As Season moves past the candles and flowers in the wedding scene with the old man in the mansion, a cameraman and camera are clearly visible on the right side of the scene.See more »
Ramrod:Let me see a warrant right now boy.
Pete Mendez:Warrants? We don't need no stinkin' warrants because we're holding them in our right hand, buffalo breath!
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18 out of 25 people found the following review useful.
One of the grittiest, toughest, police stories ever made., 20 November 2002
Author: jasonc13 from United States

In theory, "Vice Squad" is nothing more than good guy versus bad guy. However, it is done with such raw energy and flawless execution it remains one of the most intelligent and dramatic police films of the past two decades.

The story is about a hooker with a heart of gold named "Princess," who ends up on the run from her pimp named "Ramrod," (played brilliantly by the underrated Wings Hauser). After she agrees to bait him for the cops after he violently murders a fellow prostitute, he escapes police custedy and is hell-bent on one thing: finding Princess, torturing her, and killing her. It's that simple. A cop named "Walsh" (also played wonderfully by Gary Swanson) has the responsibility of finding either her or him, before Ramrod succeeds in his mission.

The film takes place in one night throughout the streets of Hollywood, and never lets up for a second. The plot is thick with suspense, the characters are three dimensionally layered, and the action is non stop. It's influence can be seen in many of todays films such as "Training Day," and even "Seven" just to name a few. However, its greatest testament may be from a better known movie tough guy named "Dirty Harry." At one point, when Walsh catches up with Ramrod he sticks his gun in his mouth and mutters "Make a move, and make my day!" Sound familiar? It should, because the famous line was uttered some five years later, even though the phrase was coined here, and in much better fashion I might add.

To sum it up, "Vice Squad" is a hard hitting, no nonsense, throw back to when quality films could be made on shoe-string budgets, and without millions in special effects. It walks the walk, and talks the talk without making excuses for its realistic subject matter. Unfortunately, the film is hard to find, so if you get the opportunity to see it, do not pass it up. For it will no doubt become one of your favorite "Vices," I garantee it.

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