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28 November 1986 (USA) See more »
Just a man and his will to survive ... See more »
Returning home from prison, a Vietnam War veteran sets out to clean up his hometown which has come under the control of a violent motorcycle gang. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Gary Busey ... Buck Matthews

Yaphet Kotto ... J.B. Deveraux

Seymour Cassel ... Sheriff

Bert Remsen ... Father Healey

Denise Galik ... Christie Matthews

William Smith ... Blade

Kimberlin Brown ... Dawn

Judith Barsi ... Jennifer Matthews
Eric Boles ... Doctor (as Eric Bolles)

Joe Brooks ... Jake
Douglas Dirkson ... Jimmy
Kathryn Fuller ... Bingo Lady
Jorge Gil ... Jamie
Amelia Haas ... Melody / Mini-Cam Reporter
Ray Habercorn ... Police Officer

Cooper Huckabee ... Roger

Ted Markland ... Floyd
Brigitte Muller ... Kidnapped Girl

Thomas Rosales Jr. ... Jamie's Relative (as Tom Rosales)
James Staszkiel ... Raider-Napper

Timothy Scott ... Deputy
Nicholas Testa ... Rolls Royce Driver

Michael Sinclair Walter ... Ray (as Mike Walter)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Daniel Cameron ... Biker Gang Member (uncredited)

Directed by
Richard C. Sarafian 
Writing credits
Michael Thomas Montgomery (written by) (as Michael Montgomery)

Produced by
Michael Thomas Montgomery .... co-producer (as Michael Montgomery)
Herb Nanas .... executive producer
Ben Scotti .... executive producer
Tony Scotti .... producer
Original Music by
Don Preston 
Cinematography by
Peter Lyons Collister (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Gregory Prange 
Casting by
Jerold Franks 
Al Onorato 
Art Direction by
Wayne Springfield 
Set Decoration by
Kurt Gauger 
Costume Design by
Barbara Inglehart (uncredited)
Makeup Department
Lesley Anne .... hair stylist (as Lesley Anni)
N. Kristine Chadwick .... assistant hair stylist (as N. Kristine Chadwick)
N. Kristine Chadwick .... assistant makeup artist (as N. Kristine Chadwick)
Kathryn Fenton .... makeup artist (as Kathy Logan)
Claudia Thompson .... hair stylist
Claudia Thompson .... makeup artist
Production Management
Claude Binyon Jr. .... unit production manager
Ed Forsyth .... post-production supervisor
Angela P. Schapiro .... executive in charge of production (as Angela Schapiro)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Peter C. Graupner .... second assistant director (as Peter Graupner)
Scott Maitland .... first assistant director
Claudia Sills .... second second assistant director
Leo Zisman .... first assistant director
Art Department
Gene Bishop .... leadman
Shelley Chamberlain .... stand-by painter (as Shelly Chamberlain)
Sandy Corner .... assistant art director (as Douglas 'Sandy' Corner)
Darrel Crane .... property master (as Darrell S. Crane)
George Dunn .... construction foreman
Russel Harvey .... painter (as Russell Harvey)
Stephen B. Harvey .... painter
Eric Mattoon .... swing man
Gary McNutt .... assistant props
Stephen Reece .... construction coordinator (as Steven L. Reece)
Woodward Romine Jr. .... scenic artist
John Vargo .... set utility (as John M. Vargo)
Everett D. Wilson .... scenic artist (as Everett Wilson)
Marc Berline .... carpenter (uncredited)
Sound Department
Dennis Carr .... sound mixer
Jerold Davis .... sound editor
Greg Dillon .... sound editor
Wayne Heitman .... re-recording mixer
James J. Klinger .... sound editor (as Jim Klinger)
Horace Manzanares .... adr editor
Gilbert D. Marchant .... supervising sound editor
Michael Minkler .... re-recording mixer (as Mike Minkler)
Edward L. Sandlin .... sound editor (as Edward Sandlin)
Richard Stewart .... sound assistant
Dan Wagner .... boom operator
Denis Dutton .... sound editor (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Michael Barrett Jr. .... special effects
Jon G. Belyeu .... special effects
John Coles .... special effects
Richard O. Helmer .... special effects (as Richard Helmer)
Gunter Jennings .... special effects
David Peterson .... special effects
Jim Schwalm .... special effects (as James Schwalm)
Louis Siegfried .... special effects (as Louis Sigfried)
Tom Thelen .... special effects
Max Balchowsky .... assistant stunt coordinator
Christine Anne Baur .... stunts (as Christine Baur)
Tony Brubaker .... stunts
Cheré Bryson .... stunts (as Chere Bryson)
Nick Dimitri .... stunts
Shane Dixon .... stunts
Joe Finnegan .... stunts
Mickey Gilbert .... stunts
Robin Grathwol .... stunts
Gene Hartline .... stunt coordinator
John Hateley .... stunts
Eddie Hice .... stunts
Gary Jensen .... stunts
Jeff Jensen .... stunts
Mike Johnson .... stunts
Melvin Jones .... stunts
Steve Kelso .... stunts
Steven Lambert .... stunt coordinator (as Steve Lambert)
Steven Lambert .... stunts
Paul M. Lane .... stunts (as Paul Lane)
Gene LeBell .... stunts (as Gene Le Bell)
Billy D. Lucas .... stunts
Gary McLarty .... stunts
Gary Morgan .... stunts
Bernie Pock .... stunts
Glenn Randall Jr. .... stunts (as Glen H. Randall Jr.)
Judy Scholl .... stunts
Neil Summers .... stunts
Rock A. Walker .... stunts
Richard Washington .... stunts
Chuck Waters .... stunts
Chuck Wentworth .... stunts
Jim Wilkey .... stunts
Cindy Wills .... stunts (as Cindy Willis Hartline)
Gene Hartline .... stunts (uncredited)
Paul M. Lane .... motorcycle stunts (uncredited)
Michael Sinclair Walter .... stunt actor (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
John Allen .... first assistant camera
Ismael Araujo Jr. .... grip (as Ismael Aranjo)
J. Patrick Daily .... key grip
Shane D. Kelly .... first assistant camera (as Shane Kelly)
Dan McKinney .... camera operator
Raymond M. Perosi .... electrician (as Raymond Perosi)
Lane Russell .... second assistant camera
Jesus J. Tango Jr. .... best boy electric
Newton TerMeer .... gaffer (as Newton 'Tom' Termeer)
Peter Van Eynde .... dolly grip
Kelly Waldman .... electrician (as Kelly J. Waldman)
Tom West .... best boy grip
Eric Whitehead .... grip
Luc G. Nicknair .... second assistant camera (uncredited)
Elise Pritcher .... cable/ utility (uncredited)
Lane Russell .... still photographer (uncredited)
Casting Department
Charlie Messenger .... extras casting
Trish Stuckey .... extras casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Lori DeLapp .... costumer (as Lori McClellen)
Barbara Inglehart .... costumer (as Barbara Ingleheart)
Kim Myer .... key wardrobe (as Kim McClellen)
Editorial Department
Mark Forsyth .... apprentice editor
Thomas Jarvis .... assistant editor
Location Management
Bruce Margolis .... location manager
Music Department
Jamey Dell .... music engineer
Tony Papa .... music engineer
Don Preston .... conductor
Richie Wise .... music consultant
Transportation Department
Bob Belyeu .... transportation co-captain
Jack Belyeu .... transportation coordinator
Jim Bennett .... driver
Mark Davis .... driver
David Gold .... transportation co-captain
Bruce Hathaway .... driver
Phil Hedley .... driver
Mickey Hinton .... driver
Herman Landrum .... driver
Joseph William Lomax .... driver (as Joe Lomax)
David Miller .... driver
Mary Moyers .... driver
Hector Quintana .... driver
Other crew
Karima Akef .... assistant: Ms. Schapiro
JoAnn Amador .... assistant: Mr. Scotti (as Jo Ann Amador)
Ron Appel .... welfare worker
Bruce Bahrenburg .... unit publicist (as Bruce Bahrenberg)
Max Balchowsky .... truck mechanic
Tom Broadbridge .... executive in charge of finance (as Tom Bradshaw)
Brian Fitzgerald .... production associate
Victor A. Haddox .... production office assistant (as Victor Haddox)
Gladys Johnson .... first aid
Edward Kalpakian .... production assistant
Frank Kanig .... craft service
Elise Pritcher .... cable tender
Joel Rosenberg .... assistant accountant
Judy Scholl .... pilot
Ray Simm .... production accountant
Patti Small .... assistant accountant (as Patty Small)
Milo Smith .... motorcycle mechanic
Pilar Stallworth .... production coordinator
Chuck Wentworth .... pilot
Sharon 'Mae' West .... script supervisor
Frans J. Afman .... special thanks: Credit Lyonnais Bank Nederland, Entertainment Business Division

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92 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Australia:R | Canada:R (Ontario) | Iceland:16 | Norway:18 (video premiere) | Norway:(Banned) (1987-2003) (cinema release) | Portugal:M/12 | South Korea:18 (video rating) (1991) | South Korea:12 (theatrical rating) (1990) | Sweden:15 | UK:18 (video) | USA:R (certificate #28405) | West Germany:18
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Did You Know?

Movie was filmed in Valencia, Ca . Valencia is best known for Six Flags magic mountain.See more »
Revealing mistakes: In the scene with the dead paramedics, the bottom paramedic clearly blinks right before the camera passes by him.See more »
[last lines]
Buck Matthews:It's good to see you.
J.B. Deveraux:It's good seeing you.
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9 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
A Fun Movie! In my opinion, it's possibly Busey's best role., 24 November 2008
Author: RTheManF89 from United States

I recently purchased this, well not purchased, but my dear mom was nice enough to buy this DVD at Ross today for the low price of just $4.00. At first, I actually had no freakin' idea that this was on DVD to begin with. I thought the only available copy was the OOP VHS from USA Home Video (Which is now Lions Gate). It had a cooler cover than the DVD, but before I get back to the movie, I would just like to make a little rant about how the big Hollywood studios (And the greedy sharks that own them) keep changing the cover art (Or force the art department to do so) for DVD releases. This one's a good example. The cover art for the original VHS of this movie made it look fun and imo, somehow dramatic, but this cover looks like it's been made over at MGM using Photoshop. It just doesn't make the movie look good to a buyer. It seems like these studios could really care less about nostalgia and just only care about making it appeal to today's youth. I guess you could also say that the cover for this made it look like a Transporter Rip-Off or a John Woo- type movie from 2001.

Anyway, back to the movie. It's about a Vietnam Vet/Ex-Con (He had been convicted for a crime he didn't commit) named Buck Matthews (Played by Gary Busey in as I stated, quite possibly his best role.) who had just been granted parole and he goes back to his hometown to move on with his life and his family, his wife Christie (Played by Denise Galik) and Jennifer (Played by Judith Barsi from the awful "Jaws 4: The Revenge", may god rest her poor soul). We then see Buck at the police station, where he meets the corrput sheriff (Played by Seymour Cassel) and meets up with J.B. (Played by Yaphet Kotto) Also, Buck encounters a biker gang (The leader Blade, being played by the always awesome William Smith from "Maniac Cop") attacking a nurse, and saves her life and he becomes a town hero. However, it isn't long before the gang attacks Buck's house and kills Christie. Then, the movie starts to move into Death Wish territory.

I do not feel like going further for the moment (I really don't want to spoil anything for anybody), but I will say the rest gets more exciting every minute. That's just my opinion though.

As for the DVD itself, there really isn't much, although MGM did do a good job with the very beautiful widescreen quality. There is a trailer, but that's pretty much it for extras. There could have been like a director's commentary or even a commentary by either Busey or Kotto or all 3, but I really don't know.

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