Programmed to Kill (1987)

R  |   |  Sci-Fi, Action  |  April 1987 (USA)
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A middle eastern female terrorist is captured by the CIA in Greece, after an attack on a marketplace. Transported back to the USA, the terrorist undergoes an operation where she is ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Eric Mathews
James Booth ...
Jason (as Paul W. Walker)
Louise Caire Clark ...
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Bill Allard ...
Assistant Surgeon
Chaim Banai ...
Liliana Cameroni ...
Dan Coffey ...
Assistant Doctor
Jason Cornado ...
John Gillespie ...


A middle eastern female terrorist is captured by the CIA in Greece, after an attack on a marketplace. Transported back to the USA, the terrorist undergoes an operation where she is transformed into a cybernetic killing machine. Now the CIA have a secret weapon to send back to the Middle East, but how long can they control her? Written by Humberto Amador

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She's programmed to kill. He's got every reason to stop her. Neither of them have any choice.


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April 1987 (USA)  »

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The Retaliator  »

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When Eric picks up a pistol from the video box to answer the door, it is one with a rounded trigger guard yet when he gets to the door, the pistol has a squared and larger trigger guard. See more »


Eric Mathews: There... sure... is... something... going... haywire... here!
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Ambitious but dull action / sci-fi pic
10 March 2010 | by See all my reviews

"The Retaliator" / "Programmed To Kill" would probably have been better if it had focused more on Sandahl Bergman's nearly unstoppable robot / killing machine and less on Robert Ginty's CIA agent / mercenary. In the pantheon of 1980's action stars, Ginty ranks pretty low. He just doesn't have much charisma. His family troubles in this movie are dull, and his reckless character is not very likable (at one point, he even blows up a jeep full of American security guards just doing their job - trying to protect the government facility that he had just infiltrated!). Bergman is a good pick for the part of a female killing machine, but the script barely even gives her any speaking lines, and the budget doesn't allow for much in the way of special effects and extra powers. Some fine stunts, but too many of the action scenes are filmed in near-darkness. Pretty forgettable, all in all. *1/2 out of 4.

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