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The Patriot -- Four mad terrorists are running an intricate underwater smuggling operation that intercepts nuclear warheads en route to a government base.


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25 July 1986 (USA) See more »
One man stands between unstoppable terrorist and unthinkable destruction.
Agent tries to track down terrorists who are intercepting government nuclear weapons. | Add synopsis »
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Gregg Henry ... Lieutenant Matt Ryder

Simone Griffeth ... Sean

Michael J. Pollard ... Howard

Jeff Conaway ... Mitchell
Stack Pierce ... Atkins

Leslie Nielsen ... Admiral Frazer

Glenn Withrow ... Pink
Larry Mintz ... Bite
Diane Stevenett ... Maggie

Anthony Caldarella ... Eight Ball

Mike Gomez ... Kenwood
Larry Moss ... Devon
Smith Osbourne ... Rosa
Sally Brown ... Girl in Bar

Mike Muscat ... Pool Room Bully
Lorin Jean Vail ... Howard's Girl (as Lorin Vail)
Gene Lehfeldt ... Shore Patrol
Gary Kalpakoff ... Rig Worker
B.L. Foley ... Crane Operator
Andy Lentz ... Party Guest

Rick McCallum ... Hairy Hand
Peter Griffin ... Kregg Guard
Ron Adams ... Radio Dispatcher
Ross Borden ... Navy Officer
Jacqueline Jacobs ... Bar Fly
King Williams ... Diver #1
Paul Nielsen ... Diver #2
Jack Spinney ... Diver #3
Terry Hite ... Diver #4
Bill Agin ... Agin Brothers Band
Dick Agin ... Agin Brothers Band
Denny Hale ... Agin Brothers Band
Dan Agin ... Agin Brothers Band
Jeff Agin ... Agin Brothers Band
Richard Diaz ... Agin Brothers Band

Directed by
Frank Harris 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Andy Ruben 
Katt Shea  (as Katt Shea Ruben)

Produced by
Michael Bennett .... producer
Diane S. Harris .... associate producer
Original Music by
Jay Ferguson 
Cinematography by
Frank Harris 
Film Editing by
Richard E. Westover 
Casting by
Paul Bengston 
David Cohn 
Art Direction by
Brad Einhorn 
Set Decoration by
Tori Nourafchan 
Costume Design by
Robin Lewis West 
Makeup Department
Tena Austin .... makeup artist
Production Management
Scott Javine .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Scott Javine .... first assistant director
William Shea .... second assistant director
Art Department
Brent Scrivener .... property maker
Mick Strawn .... property maker
Peter A. Tullo .... set dresser
Sound Department
Glenn E. Berkovitz .... sound mixer
Gail Clark Burch .... adr editor
Jeffrey J. Haboush .... sound re-recording mixer
Randy Honaker .... sound re-recording mixer
Adam Johnston .... supervising sound editor
Debbie Pinthus .... boom operator
Greg P. Russell .... sound re-recording mixer
Steve Sollars .... boom operator
Special Effects by
Fred Cramer .... special effects
John Barrett .... stunt coordinator
John Barrett .... stunts
Darwin Benjamin .... stunts
Bud Davis .... stunts
Kane Hodder .... stunts
Steve Hulin .... stunts
Alan Marcus .... associate stunt coordinator
Alan Marcus .... stunts
Gary Pike .... stunts
Rick Prieto .... stunts
Víctor Quintero .... stunts
Cheyenne Rivera .... stunts
Charlie Skeen .... stunts
Lucy Wardle .... stunts
Bobby Burns .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Frank Harris .... grip
Loren Hillebrand .... best boy
Gary Kalpakoff .... camera operator
Gene Lehfeldt .... gaffer
Editorial Department
Sara Lineberger .... assistant film editor
Kathleen Minks .... telecine coordinator
Ray Morfino .... color timer
Jeff Taylor .... editorial consultant
Pamela Winn-Barnett .... assistant film editor (as Pamela Winn)
Music Department
Budd Carr .... music supervisor
Joanne Weiss .... music coordinator
Richard E. Westover .... music editor
Other crew
Randi Feldman .... script supervisor
Alan Z. McCurdy .... production coordinator
Curtis Paine .... production assistant
Evie Treen .... aerial coordinator
Woody Treen .... diving coordinator
Steven J. Wolfe .... production executive (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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Atkins:One of these got fifteen times the punch as the one we dropped on Hiroshima.
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Barfight At The Chili Factory, 22 September 2010
Author: Comeuppance Reviews from United States Minor Outlying Islands

"A Fight For Freedom On The Ocean Floor!" When smugglers sneak into a nuclear storage facility and steal some nukes, only one man can stop them: ex-Navy SEAL and Vietnam vet Lieutenant Matt Ryder (Henry). Back in 'Nam he was known as "The Patriot". He assembles a team to help him, which includes Howard (Pollard) and Kenwood (Mike Gomez). The top Brass, Admiral Frazer (Nielsen) and Commander Mitchell (Conaway) oversee Ryder, who is one bad dude with an attitude. He wears his shades and rides his Harley to bars and picks up chicks. Will Ryder be able to stop the smugglers? Somehow this movie manages to fill up 90 minutes with not very much happening. There are only mere strands of a plot with some filler in-between. Sure, there are some familiar faces, which is nice, but it's not enough. NOT ENOUGH HAPPENS! However, if you want to see Michael J. Pollard play Twister with a cheerleader you can see it here.

There's a Barfight at The Chili Factory (that should have been the title for this movie, come to think of it) which is pretty lackluster, like the rest of this dull film. The dummies that steal the nuke, the guys that look like David Spade and Andre Agassi, are so dumb, it's hard to believe that A. They could break into ANY kind of facility and B. That they are a serious threat - so the movie has no suspense. The bad guys just dance around to the song "Dance the Night Away" by Randy and Liz Jackson. They're not exactly Ahmadinejad.

The babyish, cackling Pollard is always nice to see, as was Leslie Nielsen in a serious role. It was before he was typecast as a wacky comic actor. It's hard to believe, in 2010, that there was ever a time before Wrongfully Accused (1998) and 2001: A Space Travesty (2000), but there it is for the world to see. There was a scene with just Henry, Nielsen and Conaway in a room talking, which was cool, but it could have been awesome if there was some tension or fireworks.

The action largely takes place on an oil rig, and has to do with explosions. Is BP aware of this? It's almost eerie to watch. Almost. Technical notes: John Barrett of American Kickboxer 1 (1990) and Shootfighter (1992) fame and Kane Hodder of Friday the 13th fame are listed as Stuntmen. The screenplay was co-written by Katt Shea Ruben of The Devastator (1985) fame.

In all, this bland film could have used MORE - more action, more tension, more violence, more edge, more Nielsen, more ANYTHING! It's not BAD per se, but despite the good cast, The Patriot is, sadly, lacking.

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