Lyle, a motorcycle champion is traveling the Mexican desert, when he find himself in the action radius of a time machine. So he find himself one century back in the past between rapists, ... See full summary »
In the near future, a police officer specializes in malfunctioning robots. When a robot turns out to have been programmed to kill, he begins to uncover a homicidal plot to create killer robots... and his son becomes a target.
This movie features a character who is a descendant of the character played by Steve McQueen in the television series of the same name. And like McQueen's Josh Randall, Hauer's Nick Randall... See full summary »
Jonathan plays a game called Gotcha in which he hunts and is hunted by other students with paint guns. After a big win, he goes off for a vacation in France where he meets the sexy Sasha ... See full summary »
An NYPD cop is 'killed' in an accident. The death is faked, and he is inducted into the organization CURE, dedicated to preserving the constitution by working outside of it. Remo is to become the enforcement wing (assassin) of CURE, and learns an ancient Korean martial art from Chiun, the Master of Sinanju. Based on the popular pulp series "The Destroyer," by Richard Sapir and Warren Murphy. Written by
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Even though Christopher Wood was credited with writing the screenplay, director Guy Hamilton admitted in an interview with American Cinematographer magazine that he rewrote the screenplay when he was hired to make the picture. He also came up with the Statue of Liberty chase when he saw the statue undergoing renovation and realized the potential of the location. See more »
While hanging from the Ferris wheel, Remo's hands continually alternate between the top of it and the safety cage between shots. See more »
"Historical" butchering of one of the most popular men's series...
Step in the WayBack machine, Sherman, and come with me to the 1970s. Before computers. People used to get their entertainment from something called "books" and these were sold in something called "bookstores." Also drugstores, variety stores, airports. Within the realm of books, there were two main classes. Mainstream. And speciality. Specialty did not get a lot of a attention, it was in effect, the "dirty little secret" of the industry but it was massively profitable if a title or series took off. Which brings us to the Destroyer series, originally started by Warren Murphy (in this case NOT writing with his wife, but a third party). It arrived without much fanfare and was intended for the same audience that made, for example, the Executioner series a hit. But, as Murphy himself would later reveal, he just couldn't do it, he could write it "straight." So, this tale of an American ex-cop, presumed dead, trained by the last surviving Master of Sinanju (a Korean martial arts dynasty that claimed to have originated all the martial arts, that claimed to have consistently served the greatest rulers of the world back into pre-history) was written somewhat tongue-in-cheek. It was at the same time a fun and manly action series, and also social satire. (For example, Chuin, the current Master, refuses to dispense his services for free, unless someone accidentally commits the sin of interfering with his greatest passion, which is watching daytime soap operas, in which case the bodies start to pile up very quickly. Considered the deadliest man alive, to him "all mankind is merely targets in motion.") The series appears to have become the bestselling "man's series" of all time. Numbers are hard to get, but we are talking tens of millions sold. The phenomenon rivalled the success of the Mickey Spillane series in the 1950s, another "dirty little secret" in publishing. The record will show that, wisely, no Hollywood producer ever tried to make a film of the Executioner series. But hubris is hubris and Dick Clark ("the" Dick Clark) ventured where angels feared to tread. It would have been hard to do for a top-flight producer like for example Sam Raimi. For these clowns it was impossible. This is a truly horrible film that captures none of the fun of the books. Audiences (ie, male audiences who recognized what was being attempted) got the message real fast and told their friends. This film verily defines the word flop. And it did not help that Clark was so taken by his own brilliance that the film was released in theatres (no kidding) with the title REMO WILLIAMS THE ADVENTURE BEGINS. No, Dick, it didn't. It ended. And deservedly so.
FOR FILM HISTORIANS: Interesting factoid, in spite of many attempts there has never been a successful film version of Mickey Spillaine's character EITHER!
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