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Thou Shalt Not Kill... Except (1985)

Stryker's War (original title)
Not Rated | | Action, Thriller, Adventure | 13 October 1985 (USA)
Jack Stryker took two bullets in the leg in Vietnam and was carried back by one of his men. When he returns he tries to live a peaceful life in his cabin and resume dating his girlfriend, ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Rickman ...
Sgt. Walker J. Jackson
John Manfredi ...
2nd Lt. David Miller
Timothy Patrick Quill ...
LCpl. Tim Tyler
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Cult Leader
Cheryl Hausen ...
Sally
Perry Mallette ...
Otis
Dandy ...
Whisky
Rick Hudson ...
Kennel owner
Pam Lewis ...
Mom
Jim Griffen ...
Dad
Theo Kruszewski ...
Kid
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Bald cult girl
Ivitch Fraser ...
Young cult girl
Terry-Lynn Brumfield ...
Sleazy cult girl
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Jack Stryker took two bullets in the leg in Vietnam and was carried back by one of his men. When he returns he tries to live a peaceful life in his cabin and resume dating his girlfriend, Sally. Meanwhile, a vicious cult let by Sam Raimi, who believes he is Jesus Christ, has been slaughtering people and doing blood sacrifices. When Stryker finds Sally gone, and her grandfather, Otis, used as a human dartboard, Stryker brings together his army buddies, gives them a stash of guns from under his bed, destroy an outhouse, and create a war zone not unlike Vietnam to destroy the evil cult. Written by Scott Hutchins <scottandrewh@home.com>

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...When Violence Demands Revenge.


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13 October 1985 (USA)  »

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$200,000 (estimated)
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The movie was mostly shot in the garage and on the lawn of the house where director Josh Becker's long-time friend Bruce Campbell grew up. See more »

Goofs

After killing the Chain Man, Stryker cycles his Winchester rifle twice. The first cycle should have ejected the last shell fired, but no shell was visible. See more »

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Sgt. Walker J. Jackson: My head hurts, my teeth itch, my feet stink and I don't love Jesus.
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References The Evil Dead (1981) See more »

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Fly Little Bird Fly
Performed by The Rockets
Written by John Badanjek
Publisher-Conquistador Music, Inc.
Dynamited Mice Music c 1977
Tortoise International c 1977
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"Don't touch the sacrificial fluids... okay dokey?"
28 October 2005 | by (IN) – See all my reviews

This film has Sam Raimi as a Charles Manson-like figure with a big gang taking on a Vietnam veteran and his gang in Bruce Campbell's backyard. Tons of blood, death, and some nice gore happens. What more do you need to know? I really have nothing else to say that could make you see this. You've already made up your mind. This film is filled with tons of hilarious segments, including some army men doing kung-fu. The last 30 minutes or so of this film is just violent scene after violent scene, and here's the thing: it never gets old. I've seen so many films where the action gets pretty old after a while. After 500 explosions or so, I usually get tired. In fact, war films are probably the most notorious for this, featuring way too many deaths and action scenes and not enough compelling moments. But this film is actually entertaining in so many ways that I can't not recommend it. It's another film you'll want all your friends to watch. Just a straight-up good time.

Even though it's listed on IMDb as "Stryker's War", my copy is indeed known as "...Thou Shalt Not Kill, EXCEPT" which is probably the best movie title in history. Get this today. Also, check out "Intruder" which also has Sam and Ted and Bruce. Man, they used to all be doing such interesting, awesome things. Now... Spider-Man? Come on.


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