Manhunt: Search for the Night Stalker (1989)

TV Movie  |   |  Crime, Drama  |  12 November 1989 (USA)
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Based on the true story of Richard "The Night Stalker" Ramirez who terrorized California in 1985 and the two Los Angeles police detectives who try to track him down.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sergeant Frank Salerno
Lieutenant Gil Carrillo
Pearl Carrillo
Peter Morgan
Anne Clark
Richard Ramirez (The Night Stalker) (as Gregory Norman Cruz)
Phil Thomas
Jenny Sullivan ...
Jane Salerno
Marisol R. Reyes ...
Maria Hernandez
Roger Hampton ...
Detective Heller
Jack Rader ...
Captain Robert Grimm
Dr. Chow (as Soon-Teck Oh)
Bill Melton
Jake Dengel ...
Mrs. Webster


"Manhunt" vividly tells the terrifying story of the pursuit and capture of Richard Ramirez, "the Night Stalker" - a serial killer who terrorized California in mid 1980s. Written by Jaromir Krol <>

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12 November 1989 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Hunt for the Night Stalker  »

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On two separate occasions, the US Bank Tower is visible: once in the opening credits (hard to see due to darkness, but that's definitely it) and again near the end when Ramirez is trying to evade police. This building didn't begin construction until 1987, two years after the film's setting. See more »


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Interesting story, but very poor acting
13 September 2002 | by (El Paso, Texas (USA)) – See all my reviews

I live in El Paso, Richard Ramirez's (The Night Stalker) hometown, so this story has a special interest for me. But I was disappointed in the very poor acting throughout this movie. The only acting that was at all believable was that of one witness, an older lady who discovered one of the bodies. It's a shame they couldn't have found some better actors, as this could have been a decent movie if they had.

On the bright side, I commend them for making this film without the blood and gore that we usually see. I guess that's because it was made for TV, but it was a refreshing change.

I wish they would have focused more on Ramirez and his crimes (absolutely nothing was said about his background or motives). This movie was really only about the two detectives who investigated the crimes and not about the crimes or suspect at all.

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