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Release Date:
11 April 1986 (USA) See more »
Not all monsters are scary to people. Not if it's one fighting crime in the Garden State. See more »
Tromaville has a monstrous new hero. The Toxic Avenger is born when meek mop boy Melvin falls into a vat of toxic waste. Now evildoers will have a lot to lose. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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The "Citizen Kane," uh, Citizen Toxie of b-pictures... See more (154 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)
Andree Maranda ... Sara

Mitch Cohen ... The Toxic Avenger (as Mitchell Cohen)
Jennifer Babtist ... Wanda (as Jennifer Baptist)
Cindy Manion ... Julie
Robert Prichard ... Slug
Gary Schneider ... Bozo
Pat Ryan ... Mayor Peter Belgoody (as Pat Ryan Jr.)

Mark Torgl ... Melvin Junko
Dick Martinsen ... Officer O'Clancy
Chris Liano ... Walter Harris
David Weiss ... Chief of Police
Dan Snow ... Cigar Face
Doug Isbecque ... Knuckles
Charles Lee Jr. ... Nipples

Patrick Kilpatrick ... Leroy (as Pat Kilpatrick)
Larry Sulton ... Frank
Michael Russo ... Rico (as Mike Russo)
Norma Pratt ... Mrs. Haskell
Andrew Craig ... Fred
Ryan Sexton ... Johnny
Sarabel Levinson ... Melvin's Mom
Al Pia ... Tom Wrightson
Reuben Guss ... Dr. Snodburger
Kenneth Kessler ... The Toxic Avenger (voice)
Barbara Gurskey ... Barbie (as Barbara J. Gurskey)
Donna Winter ... Mayor's Secretary
Mary Ellen David ... Woman Whose Car Gets Stolen
Dennis Souder ... Drug Dealer
Joe Zarro ... Mr. Wilson
William Christopher Weiss ... Body Builder
Dan Hogan ... Aerobics Instructor
Myrna Williams ... The Kansas Runaway
Richard Duggan ... Ice Cream Man
Bruce Morton ... Tony
John Stobaeus ... Truck Partner
Joe Supor Jr. ... Truck Driver
D.J. Calvitto ... Boy on Bicycle
Cosmo Wilder ... Mayor's Secretary
Brigitte Douglaston ... Mayor's Secretary
Nancy Compansanto ... Mayor's Secretary
Andrea Suter ... Mayor's Secretary
Xavier Barquet ... Man Killed in Mexican Restaurant
Matt Klan ... Boy Hero
Joey Calderone ... Boy Selling T-Shirts
Sherry Park ... Woman in Salon
Vickie Usher ... Woman in Salon
Barry Shapiro ... Bruce
Andy Stamatin ... Chauncey
Betty Pia ... Woman in Salon
Teddy Copley ... Blonde Teeny Bopper

Dolly Hall ... Girl in Health Club
Alisha Riggs ... Girl in Health Club
Vicki Juditz ... Girl in Health Club
Roxanne Maranda ... Girl in Restaurant
Maxine Hayt ... Sara's Neighbor
Teresa Simpson ... Body Builder
Don Costello ... Sara's Neighbor
June De Young ... Reporter (as June DeYoung)
Jon Curtis ... Policeman
Peter Racini ... Policeman
Martin Scott McMann ... Policeman
Ed Carrion ... Policeman
Charles Dicagno ... Policeman
Bruce Zimmerman ... Policeman
Skip Hamra ... Policeman
Eileen Nad Castaldi ... Woman in Restaurant
Nathan Jon Castaldi ... Baby in Restaurant
Britt Martinsen ... Hero Fan Club
Kristen Martinsen ... Hero Fan Club
Lisa Martinsen ... Hero Fan Club
Dianna Flaherty ... Teenage Drug Buyer (as Dianna-Jean Flaherty)
Donna-Marie Stipo ... Health Club Member
Mary Cox ... Distressed Mother
Jessica Perkins ... T-Shirt Salesperson
Giorgio Calderone ... Hero Fan Club
William Klan ... Interviewer
Margaret Riley ... Lady Crossing Street
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Rick Collins ... Unnamed Bully (uncredited)
Patricia Kaufman ... Woman with Popcorn (uncredited)

Scott Leva ... Policeman (uncredited)

Lenny Mandel ... The Rabbi (uncredited)
Alandra Miller ... Swimmer (uncredited)
Donald O'Toole ... Man That Hates His Mother-in-Law (uncredited)

John Reidy ... Terrorist (uncredited)

Randy Schein ... Bozo's Friend (uncredited)

Marisa Tomei ... Health Club Girl (uncredited)
Karl Woitach ... TV News Cameraman (uncredited)

Directed by
Michael Herz 
Lloyd Kaufman  (as Samuel Weil)
Writing credits
Lloyd Kaufman (story)

Joe Ritter (screenplay)

Lloyd Kaufman (additional material) &
Gay Partington Terry (additional material) (as Gay Terry) &
Stuart Strutin (additional material)

Produced by
Michael Herz .... producer
Lloyd Kaufman .... producer
Steve Maiselson .... assistant producer
Stuart Strutin .... associate producer
Cinematography by
Lloyd Kaufman 
James A. Lebovitz  (as James London)
Film Editing by
Richard W. Haines  (as Richard Haines)
Casting by
Brian Katkin 
Stacy Kelley 
Rhonda Krafchin 
Art Direction by
Alexandra Mazur 
Barry Shapiro 
Makeup Department
Jennifer Aspinall .... special makeup effects
Ralph Cordero .... special makeup effects assistant (as Ralph G. Cordero II)
Tom Lauten .... special makeup effects artist
Production Management
Caroline Baron .... production manager
Nelson Vaughn .... production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Joseph Solomito .... first assistant director (as Joe Solomito)
Joe Zubrovich .... second assistant director
Art Department
Brian Davidson .... assistant to art director
Susanna Neuhaus .... assistant art director
Jim Reaven .... assistant art director
Ruth Siekievitz .... assistant to art director
Sound Department
Patricia Brolsma .... boom operator
Tommy Louie .... boom operator
John Elias Michalakis .... sound editor (as John Michaels)
Aaron Nathanson .... sound mixer: Magno Sound
Mark Pancza .... sound recordist
Robert Schoenholt .... sound assistant
Special Effects by
Mathew West .... special effects assistant
Ray Abbott .... stunts
Xavier Barquet .... stunts
Brad Bryant .... stunts
Charles Croughwell .... stunts
Jeffrey Lee Gibson .... stunts (as Jeffrey Gibson)
Alex Harper .... stunts
Scott Leva .... stunt coordinator
Durrell Nelson .... stunts (as Durrell Nelson Jr.)
Mick O'Rourke .... stunts
Tom Sierchio .... stunts (as Tom Sierchia)
Jeff Strutin .... stunt cars & mechanics
Matt Vogel .... stunt special effects rigger
Camera and Electrical Department
Scott Buckler .... lighting director
Chris Castillo .... key grip
Jim Grib .... lighting director
Denis Hahn .... rigger: camera car
John Heron .... assistant camera
David Knox .... assistant camera
Marc Kroll .... lighting director
Bob Mackey .... grip
Michael Mayers .... assistant camera (as Mike Mayers)
Ron Schlaeger .... loader
Susan Starr .... first assistant camera
Alex Aurichio .... assistant camera (uncredited)
J.D. Freedman .... electrician (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Bryna Levin .... wardrober
Editorial Department
Richard Hirsh .... second assistant editor
Robert Keith Mecca .... third assistant editor
Alan J. Polyniak .... assistant editor
Dan Sandberg .... colorist
Location Management
Mark Greene .... location manager
Music Department
Christopher Burke .... composer: additional music
Mark Hoffman .... composer: theme music
Dean Summers .... composer: theme music
Transportation Department
Alan Kohn .... transportation captain
Other crew
Eileen Nad Castaldi .... public relations director
Maris Herz .... administrative executive
Amy Hurley .... craft service assistant
Ira Kanarick .... production accountant
Charles Kaufman .... creative consultant
Patricia Kaufman .... administrative executive (as Pat Swinney Kaufman)
Stanley Kaufman .... production lawyer
Susan Kaufman .... creative consultant
Roger Kirby .... production lawyer
Gary Moscowitz .... production accountant
Joseph Solomito .... production executive (as Joe Solomito)
Andy Stamatin .... craft service
Mark Torgl .... script supervisor
Jimi Udel .... production assistant
Milton Zeiberg .... production lawyer

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82 min | 78 min (R-rated version) | 91 min (Japanese cut)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Argentina:18 | Australia:R | Canada:R (Manitoba/Nova Scotia/Ontario) | Canada:18+ (Quebec) (original rating) | Canada:18+ (TV rating) | Canada:18A (Manitoba/Nova Scotia) (Japanese cut) (2013) | Canada:16+ (Quebec) (re-rating) (2005) | Finland:K-16 | Finland:K-18 (director's cut) | Finland:(Banned) (original rating) (director's cut) | France:12 | Iceland:16 | Italy:VM14 (VHS rating) | Japan:R18+ | New Zealand:R18 (director's cut) | Norway:18 | Norway:15 (director's cut) | Singapore:(Banned) | Spain:18 | UK:18 | USA:R (certificate #27960) | USA:Unrated (director's cut) | West Germany:18 (cut)
Filming Locations:

Did You Know?

The scene where the guide dog gets shot received the most complaints by Troma up to that time.See more »
Continuity: Just before Melvin has sex with Sarah, Sarah's red dress straps fall down off of her shoulders, yet are back up in the next shot.See more »
[from trailer]
Narrator:Meet little Melvin, he's a 90 lb. weakling. Everyone hated Melvin.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Tromeo and Juliet (1996)See more »
Nothing at AllSee more »


Is it true that there's an Unrated Director's Cut and an Unrated Extended Cut available?
What are the differences between the censored British BBFC 18 Version and the Uncensored Version?
Does Marisa Tomei appear in the Theatrical version, or the Directors Cut?
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14 out of 20 people found the following review useful.
The "Citizen Kane," uh, Citizen Toxie of b-pictures..., 11 April 2006
Author: dee.reid from United States

For those that don't know, there are intentionally "bad" movies, and then there are intentionally bad movies; "The Toxic Avenger" is the latter. Troma Entertainment is the undisputed king of bad b-pictures, but the 1985 cult hit "The Toxic Avenger" ranks as their finest effort. Essentially a take on superhero movies and sci-fi pictures, "The Toxic Avenger" is Troma's "Citizen Kane."

With co-directors Michael Herz and Lloyd Kaufman at the helm, respective veep and president of Troma Entertainment, "The Toxic Avenger" begins with a humiliating prank gone horribly wrong. Melvin, the resident 90-pound geek and janitor of the Tromaville health club, is fooled into thinking a blonde bimbo wants him. But instead the prank, which involves a stuffed goat and pink tutu (don't ask), goes wrong and ends with Melvin diving out a second-story window and landing in a vat of misplaced toxic waste.

What emerges from the bubbly green goop is Tromaville, New Jersey's hideously deformed, bloodthirsty vigilante mutant monstrosity who sets out on a vendetta against all forms of evil in his hometown, particularly against the jocks (who are too sick to be believable) who made him what he is. Meanwhile, Toxie eventually finds romance with a blind woman who is unaware her boyfriend is responsible for the recent wave of gruesome vigilante killings (in essence, they're the perfect couple).

A sick and depraved sense of humor is flaunted throughout this low-budget film project, which is in itself (to the politically-correct), an inspired, mean-spirited, overtly racist, funny, and completely, utterly insane cult flick that also reveals a slight penchant for animal cruelty.

The acting is atrocious, the gore is plentiful and the low budget shines, but there's no question I loved this flick. Like any horror film, it's rightfully found its place in this film lover's heart.

Vote for Citizen Toxie in 2006!


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