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Combat Shock (1984)

R  |   |  Drama, Horror, Thriller  |  14 May 1986 (USA)
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A dangerously disturbed Vietnam veteran struggles with life 15 years after his return home, and slowly falls into insanity from his gritty urban lifestyle.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Rick Giovinazzo ...
Frankie Dunlan (as Ricky Giovinazzo)
Veronica Stork ...
Cathy Dunlan
Mitch Maglio ...
Paco - Gang Leader
Asaph Livni ...
Labo - Gang Member
Nick Nasta ...
Morbe - Gang Member
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Mike - Junkie
Arthur Saunders ...
Pimp
Lori Labar ...
Lead Prostitute / Vietnamese Woman
Jim Cooney ...
Interogating GI
Ray Pinero ...
Welfare Worker
Leo Lunney ...
Frankie's Father
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Terry - Strung-Out Junkie (as Ed Pepitone)
Martin Blank ...
Doctor
Bob Mireau ...
Security Guard
Tom Desantis ...
Man Behind Frankie
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Storyline

Frankie is a war vet whose life sucks. He has no money, a nagging wife, junkie friends, and a deformed baby. This is the story of one day in his pathetic post-war life. Written by Josh Pasnak <chainsaw@intouch.bc.ca>

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Fighting, killing, maiming. Agent orange and the torture cages were the easy part!...

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Drama | Horror | Thriller | War

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14 May 1986 (USA)  »

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American Nightmare  »

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$40,000 (estimated)
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The coat Arthur Saunders wears as the pimp belonged to Buddy Giovinazzo. See more »

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When Frankie inspects the revolver drum magazine after loading it, some of the cartridges have a dent in the primer made by a firing pin, meaning that they've already been fired. See more »

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Cathy Dunlan: Taste it!
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one of the darkest films ever put on screen
14 July 2002 | by (helchteren, belgium) – See all my reviews

where "Requiem for a Dream" was the best movie in the category "drug movies", i think that this one certainly can competitor with other movies for best "post-war drama".

not that this is a perfect movie. it is still a low budget movie, a very low budget movie in fact, but that gives this movie just that specific feel and gritty look. really nothing is uplifting here. it's a story about a man who has experienced Vietnam, where he was tortured and went berserk. now, back home, where he lives with his wife and his deformed son, thanks to the fact that he has been in touch with Agent Orange, he just cannot get his life back on the rails and this movie portrays one day where everything seems to get as worse as it can be. we follow him from the morning, where he has again a terrible nightmare about Vietnam (he has hallucinations and flashbacks throughout the day) until the evening, where the film ends in a shocking way.

the acting is maybe not always top notch, but every character in this movie feels totally believable. the special effects and gore are low budget, but again believable and effective. maybe that's why the Troma people decided to pick this movie up and started to sell this movie as a Troma movie. or maybe they were looking for at least 1 movie so that they could say "hey, we are also producing serious flicks!!" you can say what you want, but i think it was great to give this movie a chance, it deserves it.

not a commercial movie, no, a very dark, convincing story about a man who lives a life we all want to avoid. this is not going to appeal to every person, but please, give it a shot. when you do so, you're in for a movie experience you will remember.


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