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Cast overview, first billed only:
Arliss Ryder
Capt. Bill Quinton
Jim Miller
Roberta Vasquez ...
Sgt. 'Joker' Tatum
Jesse Doran ...
Det. Stoddard
Marie Chambers ...
Dr. Weaver Cane
Jesse Aragon ...
Lisa Marlowe ...
Galen Yuen ...
Popeye the Pimp
Reverend Mony
Teen Jesus (as James Bershad)
Harry Hart-Browne ...
Alfie the Transvestite


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This Cop Isn't Losing His Mind - It's Being Taken From Him!


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6 June 1990 (USA)  »

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[after beating up entire gang]
Arliss Ryder: All of a sudden I went animal.
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City of Angels Rap
Written by Ronald M. Williams
Vocals: Moby D.
Guitar: Brian Crow
Bass: Lance Morrison
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Hilarious and Underrated
10 November 2006 | by (Sleesburg, VA.) – See all my reviews

I remember seeing the cover for Street Asylum many years ago and thinking that it looked like another crappy straight to video movie. Then I looked at the cover again and noticed G. Gordan Liddy's face being turned into a robot and thinking that this could be interesting. Well, after sitting down and watching this movie with a few friends, G. Gordan never turns into a robot, but, we did discover how much fun this silly film truly was.

Wings Hauser plays a cop who has been shot in the line of duty. When he wakes up he is already been taken care of and discovers he has been transfered to a very tough division called SQUAD (created by G. Gordan Liddy). The first thing he notices with SQUAD is that all of the men are a bunch of crazed animals who just want to destroy street scum. After a few weeks of being on SQUAD, Wings discovers himself acting more and more like the rest of them and his life begins to spiral out of control.

First of all, if you are into the 80's you will probably get a kick out of this movie as it looks like it was made in 1985 but was released in 1990. The music is nothing but saxophone and actually gets annoying from time to time. But I can overlook that since the subject matter is hilarious.

The acting in the movie is actually quite good and Wings Hauser as the lead man is very convincing. Now, G. Gordan Liddy's role in the movie is one of the most hilarious of all time. Not because of the subject matter, but because this is G. Gordan Liddy. He plays the creator of SQUAD and a sadomasochist which leads to one particularly hilarious scene in which he is being whipped by a dominatrix! Look also for Brion James as a crazed street preacher. It is a small role, but, still great.

Overall, I am not quite sure why this movie has such a low rating on IMDb. This was a fun, enjoyable movie in which you don't have to put a lot of thought into. Fans of the 80's should like this one. 7/10

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