Two Los Angeles police detectives, cynical veteran Malloy and cocky rookie Dietz, hunt for a serial killer, an ex-cop named Taylor, whom randomly chooses his victims from a phone directory.

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Arthur 'Buck' Taylor
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Bill Malloy
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Patrick O'Bryan ...
Todd Arthur
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Arthur
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Francine
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Carmen
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Swarthy Cop
Beau Starr ...
Ike Taylor
Harriet Hall ...
Angela Taylor
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Marra
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Captain Blakely
Roy Brocksmith ...
Coroner
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Terrell
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Sam Dietz, a New York cop recently reassigned to Los Angeles, joins the hunt for a serial killer who seemingly picks his victims at random from the telephone directory - but the closer he gets to cracking the case, the more personal the stakes become. Written by Ross Horsley <explodo@hotmail.com>

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When Buck Taylor comes to call, your number is up. See more »

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30 August 1989 (USA)  »

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$6,985,999 (USA)
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Joe Spinell was originally cast to play the role of Captain Blakely, but died shortly before filming was to begin. See more »

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Buck: [Calling his intended victim] I called to see if you were home, I have to kill you tonight.
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Possibly William Lustig's best film
10 July 2007 | by (Hellfudge, Pennsylvania) – See all my reviews

What at first seems like yet another bleak cop drama/vigilante thriller from William ("earth tones and unappealing locations ONLY, please!") Lustig gradually turns into a fine little sleeper. "Relentless" is robotically assembled in certain aspects (killer strikes; cops consult; quality time with wife and kid (repeat), but the sharp script (by Phil Alden Robinson under a pseudonym), excellent performances, and steady pace help redeem the more trite elements. Leo Rossi and Robert Loggia are two cops assigned to a rash of murders committed by Judd Nelson, the son of a deranged 'hero' cop (played in flashback by Beau Starr), who has just been rejected from the Police Academy on--you guessed it--psychological grounds. There is a definite snap to the banter shared between Rossi and Loggia (the rookie and the jaded veteran), and certain touches, like the high-strung police captain, lend much to the film's intentional humor; the scenes with Rossi and his wife and son are well-handled; and the killer's contrast is appropriately oppressive (Nelson's performance is more about body language and facial expressions than dialog). Lustig once again tries to ape William Friedkin's tough-guy, action-oriented style (Rossi even gets a chance to race against traffic in the third act), and the result is quite successful--"Relentless" is seriously worth a look.


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