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Buddy Giovinazzo (written by)
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Release Date:
14 May 1986 (USA) See more »
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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 »
User Reviews:
This is further proof that the films Troma distributes are far better than the films they make themselves See more (49 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
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:
Buddy Giovinazzo ... Social Worker (as Carmine Giovinazzo)
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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85 min | Norway:90 min | USA:92 min (director's cut)
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A police officer was present on the set for the sequence in which Frankie shoots the three thugs.See more »
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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 »
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Cathy Dunlan:Taste it!See more »
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5 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
This is further proof that the films Troma distributes are far better than the films they make themselves, 28 October 2006
Author: TheMarquisDeSuave from Worcester, MA

This is further proof that the films Troma distributes are far better than the films they make themselves. Don't be fooled by the cover depicting a "Rambo"-style bloodbath. This is a grim and harrowing portrait of a Vietnam vet's hell. Sure, the production values aren't great, but they add to the raw feel of the film. This isn't a film that'll uplift you (with the exception of feeling happy this isn't your life depicted). However, it is a powerful if impoverished film that must be seen.

There isn't much explicit violence for the first hour or so (with the exception of some Vietnam flashbacks). It depicts a veteran roaming the streets trying to make money yet maintain a sense of morality. He finds it difficult to be a good human being when he looks at the scum around him. He's in debt to a local loan shark, his only friend is a junkie, his wife nags him, and his baby was deformed by agent orange. Between what he has to take and his memories of Saigon, he finally snaps at the end.

This isn't an exploitation film as many may assume. Its obvious the director wanted to create something heartfelt and realistic about the trauma experienced by vets. He couldn't get anyone to finance it except Troma, who were known for schlock such as "Class of Nuke 'Em High". The baby is another notable aspect. Outside of "Eraserhead", there isn't a more disturbing deformed child caught on camera. The ending when he finally loses (reminding one of "Taxi Driver") is predictable but still powerful. There are scenes however that subtly show the main character to be a multi-dimensional person with feelings. He tries to talk to a child prostitute and help her only to be attacked by her pimp. Most distressing of all is the scene in which he calls his father (who thought he died in Saigon) to ask for money. Some have criticized the Vietnam flashbacks as being painfully low budget and obviously shot in New Jersey. They certainly don't look accurate but they do have a dreamlike feel that adds to the dementia of the character. Overall, this isn't a perfect film but is a memorable one. (7/10)

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