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Hero and the Terror (1988)

Danny O'Brien is back in action fighting the notorious Simon Moon, also known as The Terror. Three years earlier O'Brien had single-handedly captured The Terror and was called Hero by the ... See full summary »

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Cast

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Kay
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Robinson
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Simon Moon
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Dwight
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Mayor
Murphy Dunne ...
Theater Manager
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Betsy
Tony DiBenedetto ...
Dobeny
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Dr. Highwater
Joe Guzaldo ...
Copelli
Peter Miller ...
Chief Bridges
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Ginger (as Karen Witter)
Lorry Goldman ...
Ginger's Manager
Christine Wagner ...
Doctor
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Danny O'Brien is back in action fighting the notorious Simon Moon, also known as The Terror. Three years earlier O'Brien had single-handedly captured The Terror and was called Hero by the people of L.A. Now Simon has escaped and has started killing women again, and O'Brien is the only man who can stop him. Written by Darryl Schneider <fish2@datanet.ab.ca>

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Heroes hit hardest.


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26 August 1988 (USA)  »

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El héroe y el terror  »

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$5,301,200 (USA)
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Trivia

In the undercover scene, when Danny is cooking eggs, he is introduced as Carlos, which is in fact Chuck Norris' real name. See more »

Goofs

When Kay is shopping for the red dress, Danny turns away from the window to purchase a newspaper from a vending machine, but his reflection on the shop window remains stationary between the shots. See more »

Quotes

Man at food stand: [Danny O'Brien is undercover and acting like a short order cook when he gets an unsatisfied customer] These are the worst eggs I've ever had, man!
Danny O'Brien: Wait till you try the toast.
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References Meet the Press (1947) See more »

Soundtracks

Two Can Be One
Music by David Michael Frank (as David M. Frank)
Lyric by Robert Jason and Denise Osso
Performed by Joe Pizzulo and Stephanie Reach
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The hard times bring out the best.
12 December 2008 | by (the Mad Hatter's tea party.) – See all my reviews

Out of the ordinary for Norris? In a way it does feel like it, but still those sweaty and muscle-bound elements are still evident but in a lesser tone. Norris does kick some ass, but he plays a scarred, guilt-ridden and unsure character that doesn't see himself as some sort of hero (the media portrays) with the main focus being on the welfare of his girlfriend and their expected baby. Some might say that it's a sombre performance with little emotion, but it's a heartfelt turn that you feel every aching and haunting thought. Complementing that broad complexion is David Michael Frank's score, which is always there and holds a sorrow edge. The story builds upon its material with a humane angle, as Norris battles the demons (spares us some wry relationship humour) while the killer (the terror) is mainly a lumbering shadow that emits terror in the most basic and raw way. It's primal and old-fashion police-killer premise, but stays stimulating throughout. That's not discarding some repetitive and contrived inclusions, and how the killer does feel secondary to Norris. William Tannen's direction gradually forms suspense and moves quick enough (even with some useless spots). The action isn't eye-opening, but it's a sturdy display with moments of atmospheric lashings and the setting in a renovated movie theatre is a nice touch. The violence is quick, with the killer providing a sure cure for neck problems. An above-par cast do a sound job. Brynn Thayer excels as Norris' girlfriend. Jack O'Halloran's animalistic, brute physique is his performance and Steve James is enjoyable too. Rounding the cast off; Ryan O'Neil, Jeffrey Kramer, Murphy Dunne and a short, but important see-in for Billy Drago (this guy has presence) who explains the creepy and unsettling nature of the wanted killer.


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