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Combat Shock
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Director:
Writer:
Buddy Giovinazzo (written by)
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Release Date:
14 May 1986 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Fighting, killing, maiming. Agent orange and the torture cages were the easy part!...
Plot:
A dangerously disturbed Vietnam veteran struggles with life 15 years after his return home, and slowly falls into insanity from his gritty urban lifestyle. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Misery! See more (50 total) »

Cast

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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

Michael Tierno ... Mike - Junkie
Arthur Saunders ... Pimp
Lori Labar ... Lead Prostitute / Vietnamese Woman
Jim Cooney ... Interogating GI
Ray Pinero ... Welfare Worker
Leo Lunney ... Frankie's Father
Eddie Pepitone ... Terry - Strung-Out Junkie (as Ed Pepitone)
Martin Blank ... Doctor
Bob Mireau ... Security Guard
Tom Desantis ... Man Behind Frankie
Nancy Zawada ... Girl on Motorcycle
Brendan Tesoriero ... Weird Guy
Buddy Giovinazzo ... Social Worker (as Carmine Giovinazzo)
Mary Cristadoro ... Mary - Mugging Victim
Dean Mercil ... Passerby
Colette Geraci ... Prostitute
Janet Ramage ... Prostitute
Melissa Tait ... Young Prostitute
Stacey Tait ... Young Prostitute
Ginny Cattano ... Vietnamese Woman
Doo Kim ... Vietnamese Man
Claire Harnedy ... Nurse
Howie Murphy ... Passerby
Bobby Giovinazzo ... Passerby (as Bobby G)
Tom Devito ... Passerby
Vincent Petrizzo ... Bum
Yan Lai ... Vietcong Soldier
Leif Vetland ... Vietcong Soldier
Don Loftin
Jimmy May
Barry McBride
Jeff Mathes ... Passerby
Joe Loach
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ralph Cordero ... Man Pushing Wheelchair (uncredited)
Jerry Giovinazzo ... Prisoner of War (uncredited)
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Directed by
Buddy Giovinazzo 
 
Writing credits
Buddy Giovinazzo (written by) (as Buddy G)

Produced by
Buddy Giovinazzo .... producer
Jerry Giovinazzo .... associate producer
Michael Herz .... executive producer
Lloyd Kaufman .... executive producer
Lori Labar .... associate producer
 
Original Music by
Rick Giovinazzo  (as Ricky G)
 
Cinematography by
Stella Varveris (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Buddy Giovinazzo  (as Buddy G)
 
Makeup Department
Ralph Cordero .... special makeup effects artist (as Ralph Cordero II)
Jeff Mathes .... special makeup effects artist
Brian Powell .... special makeup effects artist
Ed Varulo .... special makeup effects artist (as Ed Varuolo)
 
Sound Department
Howie Murphy .... sound
 
Special Effects by
George Rice .... explosives
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Matthew Affron .... grip
Jim Grib .... gaffer (as Jim Gribb)
Jim Grib .... lighting designer (as Jim Gribb)
George Rice .... key grip
Brendan Tesoriero .... grip
 
Other crew
Phill Niblock .... technical consultant
 
Thanks
Mirella Jona Affron .... special thanks (as Mirella Affron)
Jerry Giovinazzo .... special thanks
Rose Giovinazzo .... special thanks
Phill Niblock .... special thanks
 

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Runtime:
85 min | Norway:90 min | USA:92 min (director's cut)
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Certification:
Australia:R | Canada:16+ (Quebec) | Finland:K-18 (2002) (self applied) | France:-16 | Netherlands:16 | Norway:18 | USA:R | USA:Unrated (director's cut) | West Germany:18

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Trivia:
The torture hut scenes were filmed in Buddy Giovinazzo's mother's backyard.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: 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...See more »
Movie Connections:
Features Marnie (1964)See more »

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What are the differences between the theatrical version and the Unrated Director's Cut of the movie?
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10 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
Misery!, 20 September 2002
Author: Jan Kjellin from Falun, Sweden

One of the strongest post-Vietnam movies I have ever seen. Like an unofficial sequel to Coppola's Apocalypse Now, the movie starts off with a nightmarish dream sequence that eventually passes over into a real nightmare. This is a slow-paced journey into poverty, misery and the psychological scars that mark the survivors of the horrors of war. With every frame, the situation grows worse for the people in the movie. And up until the "grand finale", you find yourself wondering when hell will break loose.

It must be pointed out that this is a low budget production. But with every dollar missing, the crew have managed to add feeling. This is a strong movie, and you'll either love it or hate it.

I love it.

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