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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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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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Killers aren't born. They're made. Judd Nelson is Buck Taylor. And Buck Taylor is...Relentless 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 »

Quotes

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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References Rebel Without a Cause (1955) See more »

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Judd Nelson's best performance
13 September 2004 | by (Iceland) – See all my reviews

A demented serial killer is wrecking havoc on the streets of L.A. It's up to a rookie and a veteran cop to stop him.

Sound familiar? You bet. Yet this film seems to creep up above most other films of the similar genre, thanks in most parts to an unusually effective performance from Judd Nelson. Most of the times I don't particularly like him, but here he fits the bill perfectly.

The supporting performances are also quite good. Robert Loggia plays it straight as the veteran cop and Leo Rossi has never been as appealing as here. Director William Lustic creates a reasonable amount of suspense and keeps things moving at an adequate pace. But mostly, this film will be remembered (by me anyway) as the best Judd Nelson film, and his best performance. He plays a psychopath to a tee.


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