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 ...
Peter Bromilow ...
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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Referenced in Adjust Your Tracking (2013) See more »

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Mother of female action films
25 May 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Still-timely plot involving a female Middle Eastern terrorist who is caught and re-programmed to go after her former comrades ... all well and good, until the programming goes awry. Straightforward, simple plotting, the action is never allowed to lapse, AND ... this will never happen again ... NO political grandstanding on who is right and wrong in the Middle East situation. Suitably unpretentious production and very workmanlike acting all around, and Sandahl Bergman turns in a rather unnerving performance as Samira, the death machine; the only other actress this good in such a role at the time was Claire Wren in "Steel and Lace," another movie which will appeal to those who like this one. This movie cries out for a remake, maybe with Michelle Rodriguez, though it won't happen; a DVD release of this one would be better.

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