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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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A gritty film about a Viet-Nam veteran who cannot adjust to civilian life. 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

Did You Know?

Trivia:
The wardrobe was purchased from the Salvation Army.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:
Frankie Dunlan:I see it all so clearly now.See more »
Movie Connections:
Featured in Adjust Your Tracking (2013)See more »

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17 out of 19 people found the following review useful.
A gritty film about a Viet-Nam veteran who cannot adjust to civilian life., 3 November 2004

Combat Shock (1986) was a low budget film about a battle scarred veteran who just cannot erase the memories of his horrific experinces in Viet-Nam. He's also having a hard time adjusting to civilian life. The economy is in the dumps and unemployment is at an all time high in his area. With a family to support and no hope, the surrounding environment and his family's fianancial problems begin to take a toll upon his sanity and well being.

Buddy Giovinazzo has created a grim and gritty look about life in the inner city and for those veterans who were one of the few to escape from the bloody jungles of Viet-Nam seemingly unscathed. But he has wounds that are not visible to the naked eye. Abandoned by society and the government that he served, he represents a lot of people who were ignored when they returned back to the "world".

I have to recommend this film for people who want to see a another side of life. One where people struggle to survive by preying on the weak. They can also bear witness to the life that surprisingly many Viet-Nam era veterans lived with when

their tour of duty and time with the military was completed. According to several interviews with the director, he has stated that he did a lot of research on the topic. A perfect companion piece to this film would be "Deadbeat by Dawn".

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