After the violent murder of his family, a man becomes a vigilante dispensing his own kind of justice to people in need.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
The Owl
Danny Santerre
Jacques Apollo Bolton ...
Cool Ice
David Anthony Marshall ...
Bobby B
David Selburg ...
Dr. Clements
Mark Lowenthal ...
Dr. Miller
Alejandro Quezada ...
Bridget Klappert ...
Six year old


Alex L'Hiboux, a ruthless mercenary-cum-vigilante, is known as 'the Owl' because he never sleeps. His insomnia comes from a combination of a medical disorder and recurring nightmares of the murder of his wife and daughter. Alex is approached by Lisa, a young girl whose father is missing. She awakens painful memories of his own child, but after some persuasion from a policewoman friend, he agrees to help her. Written by Marg Baskin <>

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Release Date:

3 August 1991 (USA)  »

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A total of approximately 15 minutes of the longer international version consists of cut up flashback montages of Alex L'Hiboux's demise. See more »


The Owl: You got a choice. Either walk to the squad car or be carried.
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References Fright Night (1985) See more »

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Dull TVM that no network wanted (thank God!)
21 March 2002 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

An ex-investigative journalist can't sleep – he walks the street as a vigilante, taking on cases. He is driven by the murder of his wife and daughter years before and uses his martial arts skill to fight crime. When he finds a new drug Instant Iron creating crime, he is hired to stop the supply. Coincidentally a young girl hires him to find her father, a chemist, who may have been kidnapped to make more of the drug for criminals – does this connect to the man who murdered his wife?

I hate most TVM's. I especially hate those that are only designed to become cheap TV shows. This was clearly one of those – th plot sets up all the elements the producers wanted for the series, a love interest, a bar room friend with whom he has a shady past, a revenge story line, a criminal nemesis to wheel out regularly and some sort of semi-super powers. Unfortunately they forgot to add any type of spark – this is evident from the credits where we see the director is…oh dear…Alan Smithee.

The plot is lazy and predictable, the action is worst. The film is dull throughout and it's little wonder no-one picked it up. It's not helped by having cardboard cut out Adrian Paul in the lead role – can't he act at all – there's nothing funnier in the whole film than seeing him wailing to the sky in despair after the loss of his kid! Brian Thompson (X-files' Alien Bounty Hunter) is OK but the rest are as bad as Paul.

There's nothing to like here, the film is lazy and poor in every area. It's dull and even Adrian Paul seems to think he's better than this – and if HE looks down his nose at something then you know it'' gotta stink.

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