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LeeAnne Baker ... New dancer
Tom Billett ... Thug
Kate Collins ... Michelle Owens

Jeff Fahey ... Frank Tackler
Mary Fahey ... Lulu
Carl Fury ... Remy Wyler
Dan Geffen ... Ben Barnes
Rick Gianasi ... Rip

John Hayden ... Glenn Barnes (as John Patrick Hayden)
Lance Lewman ... Tom Barnes
Frances Raines ... Barbara
Michael Speero ... Farrell
Ron Van Clief ... Himself
Zerocks ... Himself

Directed by
Tim Kincaid 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Tim Kincaid 

Produced by
Cynthia De Paula .... producer
Cinematography by
Arthur D. Marks 
Film Editing by
Jim Markovic 
Makeup Department
Ed French .... special makeup effects artist
Art Department
Gary Winick .... art department
Special Effects by
Matt Vogel .... special effects
Camera and Electrical Department
John Harhay .... camera operator


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USA:89 min
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Squalor Nostalgia Only Goes So Far..., 5 July 2010
Author: Jonny_Numb from Hellfudge, Pennsylvania

The recent, overtly self-conscious resurgence of the "grindhouse" aesthetic (with filmmakers cramming their movies with skin, in-your-face violence, and faux-documentary techniques for a sense of "realism") is the only hope for any renewed interest in a well-forgotten film like "Riot on 42nd St." And even as a time-machine trip back to an era where NYC was an unabashed cesspool of junkies, prostitutes, and live sex shows, its unflinching display of urban squalor and decay eventually becomes a chore to endure. Far be it for me to bemoan the period: Lucio Fulci set one of his best films, "The New York Ripper," in the heart of Big Apple sleaze, and the result was a bit of nasty giallo genius. The problem with "Riot on 42nd St" is: writer-director Tim Kincaid (of "Robot Holocaust" infamy) is no Lucio the end of the day, he's not even Bruno Mattei. The dual-expressioned John Patrick Hayden plays Glen, an ex-con looking to revive his former theater; Kate Collins is the perpetually dazed cop who loves him; and a third-billed Jeff Fahey shows up for a few scenes to cast two-mile stares on the rest of the cast. What little plot there is revolves around a competitor's attempts to muscle Glen out of town; when the clientele is massacred on opening night (in the midst of some endless performance-piece padding), our ex-con vows lantern-jawed revenge. If Kincaid had any film-making skill whatsoever, "Riot" could have been a nifty chip off the Larry Cohen School of Guerrilla Movie-making, but the man can barely establish setting (the where and why of what is happening is vague at best), the action is ineptly choreographed (right down to the titular event), and the performances (Fahey's excepted) are terrible across the board. "Riot on 42nd St" is proof that a setting on its own is not enough to ensure a film's place in history (even the niche ghetto of Cult status).

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