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Day of the Panther (1988)

A martial-arts expert goes after a criminal gang and its boss, who were responsible for the death of his partner.

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Edward John Stazak ...
John Stanton ...
James Richards ...
Jim Baxter (as Jim Richards)
Michael Carman ...
Damien Zukor
Zale Daniel ...
Colin
Matthew Quartermaine ...
Constable Lambert (as Mathew Quartermaine)
Paris Jefferson ...
Gemma Anderson
Linda Megier ...
Linda Anderson
Brian Fitzsimmons ...
Chief Inspector Hudson
Denis Broad ...
Boat Salesman
Ow Mun Hong ...
Triad Boss
Kim Yap ...
Triad Interpreter
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A martial-arts expert goes after a criminal gang and its boss, who were responsible for the death of his partner.

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28 June 1988 (USA)  »

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Dzien pantery  »

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This film is considered an "Ozploitation" (Australian exploitation) picture. See more »

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At around 29 minutes, two officers approach John Blade. One opens his coat to flash a badge, but he has none. See more »

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Featured in The Cinema Snob: Day of the Panther (2008) See more »

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Take Me Back
Words and Music by Frank Howson and Allan Zavod
Performed by Colin Setches
Published by Boulevard Music/Control
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Quit this "Day" job.
6 April 2010 | by (Doomed Theater of Despair) – See all my reviews

Very bland Australian action flick that really goes nowhere fast as Edward John Stazak's lifeless performance as high-kicking Jason Blade leaves little to distinguish it from other 80's kung-fu flicks. When Blade's partner is chased by thugs in goofy masks and eventually killed by a crimelord's second-hand man, Baxter, he flies back to Australia to seek revenge. Blade, his blonde female partner and her father were all trained Shaolin Monk style by the Panther sect of the Chinese Triad. Funny, I thought the Triads were bad guys too. Anyway Blade teams up with his departed partner's dad and his spandex wearing niece Gemma to take down Perth's underworld boss Damien Zukor whose biggest crime is his atrocious wardrobe. Two idiot detectives tail Blade and act as comic relief assuming you think stupid comments and terrible policework is amusing. Eventually Blade gains the trust of Zukor and goes undercover as one of his enforcers. From there it follows the same connect-the-dots formula that makes this a real snoozefest. There's little doubt that Mr. Stazak is a very capable martial artist which is clear during one of his many spins kicks however I'm not a twelve year old so it gets old real quick. The real mystery is the fact that this was immediately followed by the sequel "Strike of the Panther". Who exactly was demanding this? Another problem I had was the lack of boomerangs, marsupials, mates, or any other Australian stereotypes that we Yanks like so much. This panther doesn't pounce. It sleepwalks instead.


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