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Release Date:
18 November 1989 (South Korea) See more »
NOT a true story but who cares! See more »
A small group of typical Tromaville citizens find themselves in the path of a terrorist army controlled by the power elite... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)
Carolyn Beauchamp ... Lydia
Sean Bowen ... Taylor

Rick Washburn ... Parker (as Michael Ryder)

Patrick Weathers ... Kirkland

Jessica Dublin ... Dottie
Steven Crossley ... Marshall
Lorayn Lane Deluca ... Maria
Charles Kay-Hune ... Hardwick (as Charles Kay Hune)
Ara Romanoff ... Cooney
Brenda Brock ... Kim
Lisbeth Kaufman ... Jingoistic Baby
Lisa Petruno ... Jennifer (as Lisa Patruno)
Alex Cserhart ... Sean
Aleida Harris ... Nancy
Mary Yorio ... Laurie
Susan Bachli ... Susan
Dan Snow ... Reverend Brown
Nora Hummel ... Shelly Somers
James Galvin ... Samsom
David Louden ... Sal Longo

Rick Collins ... Colonel Jennings
Tod Johnson ... Captain Schweinhart
Zenon Zeleniuch ... Major Asyolsky (as Zenon Zelenich)
Alexis Grey ... Major Ramirez
Burt Wright ... Siamese Twin
Michael Locascio ... Siamese Twin
Paolo Frassanito ... Senor Sida
Andrea Achilles ... Specially Trained Terrorist

Robert Amico ... Specially Trained Terrorist

Lisa Amsterdam ... Specially Trained Terrorist
Gregory Paul Anthony ... Specially Trained Terrorist
Eileen Beal ... Specially Trained Terrorist

Paul Borghese ... Specially Trained Terrorist (as Paul Borgese)
Daniel Bouru ... Specially Trained Terrorist
Angel Caban ... Specially Trained Terrorist
L.B. Chanin ... Specially Trained Terrorist
Roberto Colon ... Specially Trained Terrorist
Zane Daniels ... Specially Trained Terrorist
Bart DeFinna ... Specially Trained Terrorist
Storenzo Domenech ... Specially Trained Terrorist
Paul Drazen ... Specially Trained Terrorist
Reno Federishi Jr. ... Specially Trained Terrorist
Craig Fertel ... Specially Trained Terrorist
Patrick Fighot ... Specially Trained Terrorist
Joe Fleishaker ... Specially Trained Terrorist
Prince Steven Garcia ... Specially Trained Terrorist
Steve Genova ... Specially Trained Terrorist
Ron Goldberg ... Specially Trained Terrorist
David Greenspan ... Specially Trained Terrorist
Jonathan Greenspan ... Specially Trained Terrorist
Cecil Hawsen ... Specially Trained Terrorist (as Cecil Howsen)
Paul Izzo ... Specially Trained Terrorist
Jay Jones ... Specially Trained Terrorist
Lily Hayes Kaufman ... Specially Trained Terrorist (as Lilly Hayes Kaufman)
Graham Kimble ... Specially Trained Terrorist
Pericles Lewnes ... Specially Trained Terrorist
Domenick Mastrianna ... Specially Trained Terrorist
Carl Morano ... Specially Trained Terrorist
Leslie Nemet ... Specially Trained Terrorist

Benny Nieves ... Specially Trained Terrorist
Manuel Olmo Jr. ... Specially Trained Terrorist
Jason Orans ... Specially Trained Terrorist
Ann Parker ... Specially Trained Terrorist
Allen Rickman ... Specially Trained Terrorist
Lee Robin ... Specially Trained Terrorist

Kenneth Simmons ... Specially Trained Terrorist (as Kenny Simmons)
Roy Sundance ... Specially Trained Terrorist
Michael Swiskay ... Specially Trained Terrorist
Chava Tiger ... Specially Trained Terrorist
Jack Tiger ... Specially Trained Terrorist
Jim Welsh ... Specially Trained Terrorist
Alan West ... Specially Trained Terrorist
Michael Wire ... Specially Trained Terrorist
Adrienne Abbate ... Senor Sida's Task Force

Allison Abbate ... Senor Sida's Task Force
Geraldine Abbate ... Senor Sida's Task Force
Jaine Auerbach ... Senor Sida's Task Force
Ilene Chaitowitz ... Senor Sida's Task Force (as Ilene Chaidowitz)
Eric Hattler ... Senor Sida's Task Force
Pat Jacoby ... Senor Sida's Task Force
Jorge Fernández ... Senor Sida's Task Force
Damian Sullivan ... Senor Sida's Task Force
Carol Crowe ... Crash Victim
Jennifer Pang ... Crash Victim
Kathleen Richards ... Crash Victim
Dawn Woo ... Crash Victim
Mary Ellen Wood ... Crash Victim
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Christopher De Marco ... Terrorist (uncredited)
Michael Gingold ... Terrorist (uncredited)
Vincent J. Mazella ... Terrorist (uncredited)
Phil Rivo ... Terrorist Eating Pear (uncredited)
Fred Salzberg ... Specially Trained Terrorist (uncredited)

Scott Shepherd ... Terrorist (uncredited)

Directed by
Michael Herz 
Lloyd Kaufman  (as Samuel Weil)
Writing credits
Lloyd Kaufman (story)

Mitchell Dana (screenplay) and
Lloyd Kaufman (screenplay)

Eric Hattler (additional material) &
Tom Martinek (additional material) (as Thomas Martinek)

Rick Washburn  additional dialogue

Produced by
Michael Herz .... producer
Lloyd Kaufman .... producer
Jeffrey W. Sass .... associate producer
Rick Washburn .... associate producer (as Ryan Richards)
Original Music by
Christopher De Marco  (as Christopher DeMarco)
Cinematography by
James A. Lebovitz (director of photography) (as James London)
Film Editing by
Brian Sternkopf 
Casting by
Eric Hattler 
Production Design by
Alexis Grey 
Makeup Department
Regina Deavers .... makeup artist
Alita Griffin .... makeup artist
Tom Martinek .... special makeup effects
Kathleen Richards .... makeup artist (as Kathleen Richard)
Production Management
Jeffrey W. Sass .... production manager
Brian Sternkopf .... post-production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Denis Hahn .... first assistant director
Rick Washburn .... second unit director
Art Department
Manouchehr Harsini .... props assistant
Pat Jacoby .... props
Michael Reed .... prop constructor
Michael Reed .... prop designer
Sound Department
Peter Dungan .... apprentice sound editor
Dennis Fierman .... supervising sound editor
Tom Foligno .... sound editor
Joel Hirsch .... assistant sound editor
David Pastecchi .... sound mixer
Reilly Steele .... sound mixer
Fontaine Stevens .... boom operator
David Wahnon .... assistant sound editor
Special Effects by
David Barrett .... special effects makeup
Wilfred Caban .... pyrotechnics coordinator
Anthony Calandrillo .... special effects makeup
Lawrence Ferber .... special effects makeup
Jorge Fernández .... special effects makeup
William Jennings .... special effects coordinator
Pericles Lewnes .... special effects coordinator
Tom Martinek .... special effects makeup
Stephen Patrie .... special effects makeup
Paul Pisoni .... special effects makeup
Steve Ambrogio .... stunt performer
Alexis Berrios .... stunt performer
Paul Borgese .... stunt performer
Gary Bravata .... stunt performer
Thomas R. Campbell .... stunt performer
Terry Cash .... stunt performer
Peter Castillo .... stunt performer
Trevor DeSouza .... stunt performer
Charlie Driscoll .... stunt performer
T.J. Glenn .... stunts (as James T. Glenn)
Scott Leva .... stunt coordinator
Joseph Massa .... stunt performer
William J. McVey III .... stunt performer
Robbin McVey .... stunts
Kevin O'Donnell .... stunt performer
Annette Presti .... stunt performer
Scott Rhodes .... stunt performer
Peter Rocca .... stunt performer
David Tatosian .... stunt performer
Matt Tomasino .... stunt performer
Markus Wischmeyer .... stunt performer
Camera and Electrical Department
Michael A. Broz .... second assistant camera (as Michael Broz)
James Brummel .... best boy electric
Jonathan Burkhart .... camera operator
Leni Calabrese .... still photographer
Neil Danziger .... electrician (as Neal Danziger)
Kenny Lee Hamel .... grip
Rolfe Kanefsky .... apprentice grip (as Rolf Kanefsky)
Michael J. Latino .... first assistant camera (as Michael Latino)
James A. Lebovitz .... camera operator (as James London)
Garret Linn .... still photographer
Deborah Lipman .... second assistant camera
Jimmy Mah .... key grip
Jamie Maxtone-Graham .... first assistant camera (as James Maxtone-Graham)
Kenny Myers .... grip
Tom O'Halloran .... camera operator
Theo Pingarelli .... first assistant camera
David Pisani .... second assistant camera
Philip Pucci .... second assistant camera
Chris Rotter .... first assistant camera
Dave Samuel .... grip (as David Samuel)
Ron Schlaeger .... camera operator
Mark Serman .... gaffer
Joseph Spallino .... grip
Neal Spencer .... first assistant camera
Josh Steinberg .... grip (as Joshua Steinberg)
Bruce Verman .... electrician (as Bruce Yerman)
Heather White .... second assistant camera
Casting Department
David Carbone .... location casting
Carol Crowe .... casting assistant
Laurie Joseph .... casting assistant
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Ilene Chaitowitz .... wardrobe assistant (as Ilene M. Chaitowitz)
Heidi House .... wardrobe mistress
Jim McNally .... wardrobe assistant
Damian Sullivan .... wardrobe assistant
William Tirabasso .... wardrobe assistant
Editorial Department
Sarah Berry .... assistant editor
Ken Blackwell .... assistant editor
Tim Cahill .... apprentice editor
Dick Cohen .... negative cutter
Justin D'Orazio .... assistant editor
Dennis Fierman .... supervising film editor
Joel Hirsch .... first assistant editor
George Larkin .... assistant editor
Gary Levi .... first assistant editor
David Lyons .... assistant editor
Dean Merriman .... first assistant editor
Victoria Robinson .... apprentice editor
Alexandra Solona .... apprentice editor
Sarah Teitler .... assistant editor
George Thomas .... supervising film editor
David Wahnon .... first assistant editor
David Lyons .... assistant editor (uncredited)
Other crew
Joel Azzopardi .... production assistant (2008)
Ray Buteux .... wrangler: serpent
Lu Griffin .... weapons assistant
Maris Herz .... administrative executive
Douglas Hill .... script supervisor
Ira Kanarick .... production accountant
Patricia Kaufman .... administrative executive (as Pat Kaufman)
Carl Morano .... production coordinator
Gary Moscowitz .... production accountant
Randy Parker .... location manager
Phil Rivo .... craft service
Phil Rivo .... production assistant
Rick Washburn .... weapons coordinator (as Ryan Richards)

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"1,000 Ways to Die" - USA (alternative title)
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Germany:91 min | USA:104 min (director's cut) | USA:87 min (R-rated version)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Australia:M | Finland:K-18 | Finland:K-16 (2014) | Netherlands:16 | South Korea:15 (theatrical rating) | South Korea:18 (video rating) | UK:18 | USA:R | USA:Unrated (director's cut) | West Germany:18 (heavily cut)

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Lloyd Kaufman reportedly wrote the film as a response to what he saw as the Reagan administration's glorification of war.See more »
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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful.
Troma goes to war, and depending on your expectations it delivers what you expect, 19 April 2014
Author: MisterWhiplash from United States

Troma's War, about a group of refugees from a plane crash stranded on an island with wild Commandos led by a two-headed politician planning the extinction of America... is some ridiculous s***.

But for the first two thirds Kaufman and Herz and company manage to find a balance between the one liners and gags, and the more serious elements (or at least as serious as a goofy cartoon like Troma can get) such as the commandos on the island who are, behind the jokey Schwarzenegger captain who is funny every time he speaks and the (Jesus Christ!) AIDS guy who is out to rape women so they get it, its a war movie that is intentionally BIG and MANIC and just nuts, but with a purpose.

When Troma's War is at its most impressive and eye catching when Kaufman skewers 80s action movies and Regan era militarism. As an ex hippie it's clear he didn't like what he was seeing, in bloated B movies and over the top spectacles, so... why not make his own, the Troma way? Where it lost me a bit was in the last third. There is what feels like a natural climax like two thirds into the movie, where some of the heroes (like Lost they're not all likable but their bond is a plane crash) save the others from being killed and raped and maimed by the commandos. and then it just keeps going. And the acting doesn't get better.

And not that one should be looking for a totally consistent tone in this junk food, but there was a better grasp of what the film was and trying to do for a while. By the time it nears its real climax, there's still some more mayhem, relentless violence, all shot and edited with flair even as its with little to no budget (outside of the special effects - the highlight for me is a montage of soldiers in trees who all get shot down and fall off the same way, tree after tree). But it kind of devolves into dumb antics and one liners (and I mean DUMB for a movie by these f****rs), though it's almost saved by a side characters stunt from a truck onto a boat.

I want to like it more - it's shot with more competency than other Troma movies, has ambitious and exciting stunts and effects, and up to a point has some really good music (up to a point as in not too much but still there crappy 80s songs put over scenes unnecessarily) and though some of the acting is cheesy and over the top, some of it really works for it being a ludicrous mockery. There's even some arcs for characters, like the guy who gets his truck onto the boat at the end. And yet there is a line that, sometimes, Kaufman and Herz have to not cross but do a lot of the time which is the film being the same carnage extravaganza with bullets flying and guts spilling and squibs popping like there's no tomorrow and became something like Commando.

But... if you wanna get some buddies together, and are in the mood for some comic book characters and set ups and pay offs (including a British dude who talks like Peter O'Toole and has a shtick with poison darts), this ain't bad. It's just not AS memorable as Toxic Avenger and Nuke em High.

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