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Enemy Territory (1987)

 -  Action | Crime | Drama  -  22 May 1987 (USA)
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An insurance salesman inadvertently gets trapped after dark in an apartment building that is terrorized by a street gang called "The Vampires."

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Barry
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Parker
Frances Foster ...
Elva Briggs
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The Count
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Toni Briggs
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Chet
Tiger Haynes ...
Barton
Charles Randall ...
Mr. Beckhorne
Peter Wise ...
Haj
Robert Lee Rush ...
Psycho
Lynnie Godfrey ...
Althea
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Decon (as Teddy Abner)
Tad Truesdale ...
James Sr.
Renee Banks ...
The Hooker
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Gary Frank, an ordinary, blue collared John Doe insurance salesman, is about to learn the hard way that there're certain areas that are off-limits to all outsiders. One specific tower block Lincon, is just such a place; as it belongs to a hostile small army known as *the vampires*, who basically own it and oversee that no one who does not occupy a dwelling there, will live thought the night. He's not fully aware of how much he shouldn't be on their turf, that he doesn't belong on their *property*. But it's a simple tap on Decon a child gang member's shoulder, that seals his fate as this act prompt's The Count, their leader to come looking for reprisals from Gary. When a security guard tries to defuse the situation, he ends up dead and so does Decon, who Gary *violated* with his touch. Blamed for the Decon's death by The Count, he's now marked for death, along with anyone else who dares aid him. Stuck on the top floor, with no way down, he's only means to escape or survive is telephone... Written by ???

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When entering enemy territory...You're entering a war-zone See more »

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Action | Crime | Drama | Horror

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22 May 1987 (USA)  »

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Manhattan Warriors  »

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$197,791 (USA)
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Film debut of Stacey Dash. See more »

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Will Jackson (Ray Parker Jnr.) acquired a pair of black shoes early on in the movie from Toni Briggs (Stacy Dash). A scene shortly afterwards when he enters Chet's home he is clearly wearing white trainers, yet scenes afterwards show him wearing the black shoes again. See more »

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References Assault on Precinct 13 (1976) See more »

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Friend or Foe
Written by R. Sherrif, W. Stroman, J. Malloy
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"There's a war going on here"
26 June 2010 | by (the Mad Hatter's tea party.) – See all my reviews

This was one of those films I constantly saw on the video previews of ex-rentals and each time I saw it pop up my hunger only grew to watch it. Produced by Charles Band's Empire pictures, "Enemy Territory" was a nice surprise (strangely not on DVD yet) and truly a sock 'em urban action survival romp that is compulsively brutal, raw and relentless in its tightly constructed surges.

Barry (Gary Frank) a struggling insurance salesman heads out to a rundown complex building the Lincoln Towers late one evening for a client (Frances Foster) to sign some very important papers for his company and especially for himself. However he gets caught in an altercation which sees him fighting for his life against a savage gang called the vampires, who rule the building at night. Also getting involved is Will (Ray Parker, Jr) a telephone repairman who comes to his aid. It's going to be one long night for the pair, as they try seeking help from the buildings tenants or it would be their blood for the vampires. They hunt at night for blood.

A low-budget, but well-pulled off enterprise by director Peter Manoogian. He creates a gritty edge from its surroundings (plenty of taut corridor running), where the pacing is fast, the tension is on boil and the claustrophobic build-up has you biting your finger nails. A simple-minded script keeps it tough, especially with its biting wit and a bit of social commentary lingers on urban decay. Still just take it as caught in the wrong place, at the wrong time situation. Coming to the forefront is the potent performances by the cast. Gary Frank is fittingly good in his meek portrayal and Ray Parker, Jr is affably brought across. Their chemistry simply crackles. The tremendous standout would be aggressively hammy and towering Tony Todd as the count, the leader of the gang. His speeches are pure poetry and he eats it up. A spunky Stacey Dash adds plenty of kick to her role and also Frances Foster. Jan-Michael Vincent would appear in a small part as a grizzled, resentful paraplegic Vietnam veteran. In the background is a pounding soundtrack.


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