Killer Instinct (1990)
"The Rutanga Tapes" (original title)

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A U.S. agent (David Dukes) saves a journalist (Susan Anspach) and her son from an East German/Libyan chemical-warfare plot in Africa.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Bo Petersen
Susan Anspach ...
Kate Simpson
Henry Cele ...
Wilson Dunster ...
Dustin Montgomery ...
Matthew Simpson
Gosie Kruiper ...
Dale Cutts ...
Frank Opperman ...
Bart Fouche ...
Ken Gampu ...
President Mbule
Simon Sabela ...
General Qwabe
Danny Keogh ...
Dr. Blunt


A U.S. agent (David Dukes) saves a journalist (Susan Anspach) and her son from an East German/Libyan chemical-warfare plot in Africa.

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22 February 1991 (South Africa)  »

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The Rutanga Tapes
12 October 2008 | by (Czech Republic) – See all my reviews

In this South African action thriller with political undertones, CIA agent Bo Peterson, working undercover in some unstable African country, unveils the inhuman plan of president Mbule to wipe out local rebels. Peterson comes across a village with all people killed by an unknown force and has a hunch that all men, women, children, dogs and other living creatures on that grounds didn't fall prey to any usual virus or disease. In fact, inhabitants of the village were exposed to the effects of a new chemical weapon for their cooperation with rebels. This weapon was developed in a plant officially serving as a producer of fertilizers but in reality controlled by Lybian terrorists stocking president Mbule with means of destruction. When Lybians find out their plant was infiltrated by a stranger who could expose their activities, the head of terrorists named Assad (impersonated by Arnold Vosloo)commences a man-hunt.The main concern of all players in this game is one audio tape containing evidence. In quest for the tape, the Lybians don't hesitate to use guns, blow a market place to pieces, endanger a bus full of passengers or kidnap civilians.A female reporter and her son Matthew, who got involved in the whole affair thanks to agent Peterson, become hostages since Assad somehow concluded that the tape containing classified information is inside Matthew's walk man . The tape is taken away from Matthew and one of Assad's men incapable of violence against minors leaves the kid in the desert, without supplies but unharmed. Lucky for poor Matthew, a bush-man knowing natural medicine and survival strategies appears and sees to it that the kid and his mother pull through. In the meantime, Bo Peterson locates the place where the terrorists keep the reporter and some other folks and gives the villains their just reward. When agent Peterson plays the tape near the end of the movie, it contains nothing but some disco music. Does it mean all casualties were in vain? On several occasions, it's hard to tell what's going on in the movie. There are some bloody bullet hits, several stunts and explosions and one guy stabbed with a screwdriver. Nothing special apart from that. Czech VHS was released in 1994.

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