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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 »
User Reviews:
Shocking and depressing 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)

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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1.37 : 1 See more »
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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 »
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Frankie Dunlan:I see it all so clearly now.See more »
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22 out of 24 people found the following review useful.
Shocking and depressing, 15 August 2003
Author: Stu Chandler (chanelit-1) from London, England

The film opens to a flashback of the Vietnam war and in particular, one soldier's plights of that war - it is a horrible intense sequence. As the movie progresses, we get to see what has happened to that solider. He is now living with a nagging wife and deformed baby son on the extreme poverty line in New York City. They haven't eaten for days and he wanders the streets, trying to look for work with no luck at all.

He suffers flashbacks and hallucinations throughout the film, where he is being tortured in 'Nam and then his supposed recovery in a hospital after. He is cut off from the world and desperate for money. We then meet one of his friends, a drug addict who is in equal dire straits. At one point, the addict uses a coat hanger to open his vein and pour in the drug whilst he bleeds - a truly horrifying moment.

This is very strong stuff. It has no budget but that somehow suits the story - it's totally gritty and real, no gloss whatsoever. It's probably the bleakest, most depressing film I've ever seen and all I can say is, if you're having a bad day or work or a bad day in general, just see what happens to this guy!

I got the excellent Troma DVD release which features the full uncut Director's version - the only one really worth seeing.

I don't know if I'd exactly recommend this; it's so hard going that it sure ain't entertainment, but it does have an appeal and is worth watching. However, if you're not used to zero-budget horror, avoid at all costs.

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