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

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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Release Date:

14 May 1986 (USA)  »

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American Nightmare  »

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$40,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

Several other actors all did screen tests for the role of Frankie before Buddy Giovinazzo decided to cast his brother Rick Giovinazzo in the part. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Cathy Dunlan: [looking to Frankie] You're not looking for a job... you're waiting for the world to end...
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Fictional soldier-in-poverty film is strong and powerful on fact.
24 December 1998 | by (Suffolk, Virginia) – See all my reviews

What another guilty pleasure this is! And a truly incredible one! COMBAT SHOCK is not what you'd expect from Troma, but it doesn't matter anyway. This is a strong and powerful account of Frankie, a former American P.O.W. in Saigon facing a harsh dilemma of society and family matters back home following the war. It's all based on true experiences with very disturbing levels of detail, and does become nerve-shattering. There possibly has never been a film that could deliver a high amount of intensifying power like this before, even outweighing its minimal plot and graphic violence. While some will find the infant looking like a stupid clone of E.T., others will worry about its povertic and dying state, but the character becomes a victim in its notorious shocking ending. This was the first "Tromatized" movie I've seen, and it sure ain't like the rest of 'em! A rock solid independent outing from Buddy G, whose brother plays the leading role as Frankie. Low budget, but delivers powerful meaning. Asks the all-important question of the hour: "Where will you be tomorrow?". Highly recommended!


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