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Hugh Kelley (writer)
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Release Date:
1 September 1989 (USA) See more »
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Cast

  (in credits order)

Lou Ferrigno ... Billy Thomas

Reb Brown ... Scott Monroe

Michael Dante ... Tony Baccola

Mike Moroff ... Mario
Marilyn Tokuda ... Morgan Garrett

Al Leong ... Tiger Joe

James Shigeta ... Tin Lum Yin

Branscombe Richmond ... Diablo
Tiger Chung Lee ... Chang

Al Ruscio ... Costello

Daniel Martine ... Mono
Rion Hunter ... Chao Tung

Dana Lee ... Pang
Maggie Mae Miller ... Meme
Paul Sorensen ... Matt
Ketrick Kit Kelley ... Cowboy
Jerry Potter ... Texan #1
Ted Bolczak ... Texan #2
Michael M. Horton ... Black Fighter

Matthias Hues ... Italian Fighter
Jeff Benson ... East Coast Champ
Marylou Kenworthy ... Banker / Loan Officer
Art Moroff ... Pool Player

Carl Ciarfalio ... Hood #1
Jimmie F. Skaggs ... Ugly Guy
Dee Booher ... Gang Girl (as Queen Kong)
Charles Kray ... Police Sgt
Thomas E. Patton ... Policeman #1
James R. Parkes ... Policeman #2
Mick E. Jones ... Black Spectator #1
Victor Leigh ... Black Spectator #2
Al Jones ... Frank (as Alton Leo Jones)
Jeff Cadiente ... Sleepy Guy
Eddie Wong ... Bad Guy #2
Danny Wong ... Bad Guy #3
Bill M. Ryusaki ... Chinese Guard #1
Larry Duran ... Chinese Guard #2
Steve E. Makhanian ... Rayford

Phil Culotta ... Casey

Charles A. Tamburro ... Pilot
Peter McKernan ... Co-Pilot
Edward J. Ulrich ... Door Gunner
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Susan Frilot ... Dallas Girl
David E. Harshbarger ... Homeless Man (uncredited)

Hugh Kelley ... Police Sergeant (uncredited)

Danny Trejo ... Costello's Bodyguard (uncredited)

Directed by
Lang Elliott 
 
Writing credits
Hugh Kelley (writer)

Produced by
Lang Elliott .... producer
A. Edward Ezor .... associate producer
Larry J. Lebow .... executive producer
Jack Roe .... co-producer
 
Original Music by
Michael Wetherwax 
 
Cinematography by
Jacques Haitkin 
 
Film Editing by
Mark S. Westmore 
 
Casting by
Lang Elliott 
Hugh Kelley 
 
Production Design by
Joseph M. Altadonna 
 
Costume Design by
Sandra Culotta 
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Peter L. Bergquist .... assistant director (as Peter Berquist)
 
Art Department
David E. Harshbarger .... property master
 
Sound Department
Brent Brewington .... boom operator
Harry Cohen .... sound effects editor
John G. Geisinger .... sound
Lewis Goldstein .... sound effects editor
Patrick M. Griffith .... supervising sound editor
Jonathon 'Earl' Stein .... sound (as Jon Earl Stein)
Allan Telias .... cable person
 
Stunts
Kenny Alexander .... stunts
Dan Bradley .... stunts
Jeff Cadiente .... stunts
Mike Ceballos .... stunts (as Michael Ceballos)
Carl Ciarfalio .... stunts (as Carl Ciarfallio)
Phil Culotta .... stunt coordinator
Bob K. Cummings .... stunts (as Bob Cummings)
Nick Dimitri .... stunts
Greg Wayne Elam .... stunts (as Greg Elam)
Bob Elmore .... stunts
John Escobar .... stunts
Corey Michael Eubanks .... stunts (as Corey Eubanks)
Al Goto .... stunts (as Albert K. Goto)
Eric Lee .... stunts (as Daniel Eric Lee)
Dwayne McGee .... stunts (as Dwyane McGee)
Wayne Montanio .... stunts
Art Moroff .... stunts
Noon Orsatti .... stunts
Jimmy Ortega .... stunts
Spiro Razatos .... stunts
J.P. Romano .... stunts
Bill M. Ryusaki .... stunts (as Bill Ryusaki)
Tom Sarmento .... stunts
Brian Smrz .... stunts
Gregg Smrz .... stunts
Edward J. Ulrich .... stunts (as Ed Ulrich)
Tim Werner .... stunts
Eddie Wong .... stunts
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Brian Bernstein .... electrician
Tim Dunford .... assistant camera
Dana Gonzales .... electrician
 
Other crew
Hugh Kelley .... fight choreographer
Ketrick Kit Kelley .... martial arts coordinator Kelley) (as Ketrick (Kit)
Brieann Rich .... craft service
Nicholas Rich .... set medic
Charles A. Tamburro .... aerial coordinator/pilot
Bob Wishnefsky .... production assistant
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Sgt. Billy Thomas: Cage" - Philippines (English title)
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Runtime:
100 min
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Certification:
Portugal:M/16 | South Korea:15 (theatrical rating) | South Korea:18 (video rating) | USA:R

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Quotes:
Costello:Yin, I want the million, and I want it now in cash.
Tin Lum Yin:[to his men] Kill them! Kill them all!
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6 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
Truly Original Action Gem. For true surrealists and those "Movie Moments", 27 January 2002
Author: Karl Emmett from Sydney, Australia

Cage was a movie that I have wanted to see for many years. Since I was 10 I have seen it at the video shop with its brutal looking cover. Last night I took the plunge back into the world of low budget video violent nastys.

Cage, however must rank as one of the most original movies I have ever seen. Film Snobs and pretentious Surrealists would never see it. Drama Buffs would avoid it like the plague and it will probably never be screened anywhere but the cheapest cable channel. That, however is the shame of the film world. This film has movie moments equal to any film (save Tarkovsky), It has some moments of totally original drama, brutal violence, extreme surrealism and a performance by Lou Ferrigno that renders him completely unrecognisable from all his other films and from himself in particular.

How is a film like this made. Who knows, who really knows. The only thing that I could think of is that the director and writer were trying to say certain things for themselves through a film genre which is completely alien to those types of sentiments.

The plot is a relatively simple one to pitch. Two friends are seperated by gangsters and one is forced to fight in an underground human cockfighting type of tournament. The other friend penetrates the underground world of gangs and violence to rescue him. Sounds familiar doesnt it, SOUNDS VERY FAMILIAR in fact. However from conception to filming a miracle of independent vision has taken place. From the use of music and lighting, to the acting and story devices and emphasis given to different motives in certain scenes. Cage has all the conviction of independent filmaking woithout any of the posturing and pretensions that "Label" independent movies have.

If you have any interest in where films can go. Watch "Cage". It is a sad, sad thought that in this age of independent filmaking we have become less imginative in where we go with the filsm we make. The more inventive the editing techniques, the more sophisticated the lighting and post production, the less original and full on films are becoming.

For not being like any movie I've seen before and taking me completely by suprise. I give Cage a 10.

Underground Idealism has another champion.

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