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Relentless (1989)

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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Cast overview, first billed only:
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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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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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Crime | Thriller

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30 August 1989 (USA)  »

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Bezlitosny  »

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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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Carol Dietz: What's the matter? This thing tonight?
Sam Dietz: This Taylor woman - she tries to hide, right? Two feet from her is a toolbox with hammers, chisels, screwdrivers. She could have beat this guy to a bloody pulp. Instead, she crawls inside of a dryer.
Carol Dietz: Sammy, not everybody's a fighter.
Sam Dietz: I know that, Carol, but if you act like a victim, you're gonna be a victim.
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Has Its Moments, But Sequels Are Better
5 October 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This crime story has some scary scenes, with an especially memorable one early on with a woman hiding in a clothes dryer. In fact, the first half of this is excellent but it peters out that point with two typical Hollywood clichés of crime movies of the period.

They are: 1 - the good cop (Leo Rossi as "Sam Dietz") going it alone despite the orders of his superior; 2 - the killer going to the good cop's house to kill his family. Too bad it stooped to these obvious story lines because this could have been an outstanding serial-killer movie. As it is, it would up being slightly better- than-average. By the way, what's with Meg Foster's eyes? It looks like they have no pupils. It's eerie to look at that woman's face.

This movie spawned several sequels and the sequels were better and better as they went along.


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