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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 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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Revolting, disgusting, stupid- I loved it! See more (150 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)

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
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
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

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82 min | 78 min (R-rated version) | 91 min (Japanese cut)
Aspect Ratio:
1.66 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Argentina:18 | Australia:R18+ | 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 | USA:Unrated (director's cut) | West Germany:18 (cut)
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Did You Know?

According to Mitch Cohen, during filming the scenes fighting Cigar Face and his gang in Shinbone Alley, a homeless man walked up to him and offered him a drink, believing him to be a genuine homeless burn victim.See more »
Continuity: When Toxie and Sarah are having sex, Sarah kicks off her red shoes. But in the next shot, the shoes are back on her feet.See more »
Leroy:Hey look Frank. Teeny-boppers. You like video games teeny-boppers? Your mommy give you quarters for video games? Well cough 'em up.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Terror Firmer (1999)See more »
Lay it on the LineSee 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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33 out of 38 people found the following review useful.
Revolting, disgusting, stupid- I loved it!, 3 May 2000
Author: zmaturin from Pleasant Valley

As a child I loved to stay up late and watch "USA Up All Night" (with Gilbert Gottfried or Rhonda Shear, I wasn't picky). This allowed me to sample pretty much every major Troma movie, and I discovered the meaning of the phrase "guilty pleasure". As I got older I stayed away from Troma, as their movies radiated the kind of feeling you get from wearing a shoddy Halloween mask too long and getting nauseous inhaling the cheap rubber fumes. But after sampling the delightful "Tromeo & Juliet" I decided to return to my roots and check out the directors edition of the classic "Toxic Avenger".

While I was right in remembering the films as the guiltiest of pleasure, the cheap charm of the film was undeniable, and there was a ton of gore in the movie that I never saw on T.V. Arms are severed, guts are ripped out, seeing-eye dogs are shot, and children's heads are crushed- and it all looks pretty good! Some of the acting will make you wince, some of the jokes are atrocious (there are mother-in-law jokes), and some scenes go on too long (the idiotic out-of-control-car sequence) or too short (Toxie taking his revenge on his tormenters is strangely gore-free, which is explained in the director's commentary), but I can't bad-mouth a movie that has it's hero stuff a little old lady in a washing machine. If you're a gore fan with a high thresh hold for bad taste, then give the Toxic Avenger another shot- I did, and I'm a better person for it. I think.

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