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January 1989 (USA) See more »
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In order to survive they must escape Safehaven 185.
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In a post-apocalyptic world, a family seeks refuge in Safehaven, a community protected from the ravages... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order)
Rick Gianasi ... Pierce
John Wittenbauer ... Jeff Colt
Roy MacArthur ... Preacher
Mollie O'Mara ... Natalie
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
William Beckwith ... Ben Colt

Felix Cortes ... Mercenary

Jessica Dublin
Paul Geiger ... Chief

Thomas Grube ... Neighbour
Tere Malson
Marcus Powell ... Mayor McGee
Kariim Ratcliff ... Eightball
Ric Siler ... Hatchet

Directed by
Brian Thomas Jones 
James McCalmont 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Mark Bishop  story
Brian Thomas Jones  writer
James McCalmont  writer
Ethan Reiff  story

Produced by
Steven D. Mackler .... producer
 
Film Editing by
Brian O'Hara 
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Brian O'Hara .... second unit director
 
Sound Department
Joseph McGirr .... supervising sound editor
Thomas Szabolcs .... boom operator
Pawel Wdowczak .... sound mixer
 
Stunts
Felix Cortes .... stunts
 
Other crew
Dorian Tenore .... craft service
 

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3 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
DUCK AWAY FROM THIS ONE., 2 February 2004
Author: rsoonsa (rsoonsa@bandbbooks.com) from Mountain Mesa, California



Its fundamental premise is not without interest within this film's storyline: in a dystopian future, urban enclaves would be established called safehavens, for common protection of selected inhabitants, although how these should obtain food, utility services, et alia, is not considered. Nor is the work overall done well, for although budgetary restraints obviously hinder the production, it is yet more ostensible that the script, acting and, in particular, unfocussed direction present too many burdens to surmount. Apparently shot in a portion of the Bronx undergoing "urban renewal", the action opens with a family of four, the Colts, including two adult offspring, which has been hopeful of gaining sanctuary in Safehaven #186, arriving there after the Colt application for entrance has been accepted by the commune's management. Feelings of relief that the Colts enjoy at their new refuge are blighted in short order when they find that the mercenaries who have been hired to protect dwellers have become autocratic rulers of the safehaven while gaining pleasure from savagely hectoring all who live there. Owing to this cruel treatment, a rebellious faction of safehaven tenants has clandestinely organized resistance, joined by a former mercenary played by Rick Gianasi who heroically becomes the only possible liberator for the depressed safehaven residents, expressly so for the outspoken Colts who are singled out for brutal punishment by the despots. For some in the cast, it is their only film credit, but along with this inexperience is flaccid direction that often centers upon scenes of harsh violence and aimless sexual perversion at the expense of scenario continuity. One feels appreciation for those worthies of the crew who serve the picture with imaginative production and costume design, albeit to little avail in the face of a poor script and weak helmsmanship.

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