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Lloyd Kaufman (story)
Joe Ritter (screenplay)
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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 mop boy Melvin Junko falls into a vat of toxic waste. Now evildoers will have a lot to lose. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (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)
Lenny Mandel ... The Rabbi (uncredited)
Alandra Miller ... Swimmer (uncredited)
Donald O'Toole ... Man That Hates His Mother-in-Law (uncredited)

John Reidy ... Terrorist (uncredited)

Emma Terese ... Health Club Girl (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
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
Music Department
Mark Hoffman .... composer: theme music
Dean Summers .... composer: theme music
Transportation Department
Alan Kohn .... transportation captain
Other crew
Eileen Nad Castaldi .... public relations director
Mark Greene .... location manager
Maris Herz .... administrative executive
Amy Hurley .... craft service assistant
Charles Kaufman .... creative consultant
Patricia Kaufman .... administrative executive (as Pat Swinney Kaufman)
Susan Kaufman .... creative consultant
Joseph Solomito .... production executive
Andy Stamatin .... craft service
Mark Torgl .... script supervisor
Jimi Udel .... production assistant

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
87 min | Canada:78 min | USA:82 min (unrated version: Directors Cut) | Argentina:87 min (Mar del Plata Film Festival) | USA:78 min (R-rated version) | Japan:92 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:
Argentina:18 | Australia:R | Canada:R (Ontario) | Canada:18+ (Quebec) | Canada:18+ (TV rating) | 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:Unrated | USA:R (cut) | West Germany:18
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Did You Know?

The spinning newspapers were simply newspapers placed on a spinning cheese rack.See more »
Revealing mistakes: During the love montage there is a scene where Toxie jokingly puts a pylon on his head and Sara laughs, Sara's character is blind.See more »
Leroy:Look what we've got here. A little mother and a littler baby. You like Mexican food little baby?
[Leroy points his gun at the baby]
Leroy:Well how would you like to have this hot tamale shoved down your throat?
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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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8 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
Troma's masterpiece!, 9 December 2007
Author: John Lindsey from Albuquerque New Mexico

In the town of Tromaville New Jersey, janitor nerd Melvin Fern (Mark Torgel) has been picked on and bullied by the jocks at the Tromaville gym until a prank goes horribly wrong when he falls into a barrel of toxic chemicals. The material somehow transforms him into a muscular and powerful mutant creature called "The Toxic Avenger" (Mitchell Cohen) and has a powerful instinct to kill only evil people and save Innocent people. He soon becomes the town's monster hero and falls in love with a lovely blind woman named Sarah (Andree Maranda) but the local crooks especially the wicked Mayor Belgoody (Pat Ryan Jr.) who all wants him dead.

A brilliantly hilarious, entertaining and gory as hell horror comedy that became Troma's landmark film and made the studio the popular cult independent studio that it is today. Yes the acting is laughable and the film gets a little cheesy, but this is pure escapism at it's best! The film was originally given an "X" rating for it's extreme violence and gore such numerous head crushing and brutality. But the movie went on to become one of the greatest cult movies of all time, this is definitely a movie for those with a strong stomach and warped sense of humor.

A must see!

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