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All right, I'll admit it. I was channel surfing on the world wide web,
and found this playing KCTU, out of Wichita, Kansas. It was late, I was
bored, and I stumbled on it during a gun scene near the beginning. This
is a completely predictable movie, shoot possibly by some local high
school kids! Everything about it just screams "70's B movie", but it
was made in 1991! So why did I watch it? After seeing 60 seconds of it,
I thought "This movie is BAD, could it get any worse? Yes, it does. It
has the same allure of Rocky Horror, your just glued to it.
Bad acting, bad jokes, bad puns, bad sound effects (tires don't squeal on dirt). This has it all. If you like 70's B movies, you've found your winner here. Otherwise, you couldn't pay me $25,000 to watch this movie again (in movie pun there).
The VHS for this low budget affair incredibly starts out with David Heavener pitching some kind of contest, where you call him for $2.00/ minute. Is this possibly to cover the movie's micro budget getting blown? Either way, the first thing that will get your attention as cheaping out, is there are no extra's milling about, especially noticeable in the final shootout on the court house steps. I mean guns blazing, snipers falling off roofs, and the town is completely deserted, except for the combatants? Every cent must have been spent on the car chases, and pyrotechnics. The script is so simple, a ten year old could have written it. So why is the movie still watchable? It's got a very intriguing cast of supporting actors. What's not to like about Don Stroud, Isaac Hayes, Andy Robinson, or Tony Curtis? The film includes some humorous exchanges between Heavner and Curtis, brief nudity, and a catchy C&W tune. You could do a lot worse than "Prime Target". - MERK
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Jonathan "Blood" Bloodstone (Heavener) is a cop who plays by his own
rules. Sure, he may be a bit crazy, and he thinks he's a modern-day
cowboy, but when Captain Tompkins (Hayes) wants results, he calls in
Bloodstone. When the FBI, led by Agent Harrington (Reed) call
Bloodstone in to transport a mobster named Marietta Copella (Curtis) on
a long car ride to a new, secret location, at first he isn't
interested. But he needs $25,000 or he's going to lose his house. So,
Bloodstone reluctantly agrees to the assignment. Once on the road
together, the two men are the original odd couple, Copella a
slick-talking, high-class Italian gangster, and Bloodstone a
flamethrow-first-and-ask-questions-later good ol' boy. After some
adventures and trials and tribulations on the road, they both realize
the truth about this particular road trip. Yes, there's a TRUTH behind
this road trip. Dare you find out what it is? We've always been
champions of David Heavener. Anyone who reads this site knows we're
always extolling his virtues - he can act, write, produce, direct, do
Martial Arts, and is a musician who plays guitar and writes his own
songs. We've always said he should have gotten more recognition, both
by the Hollywood establishment, as well as the general public. We've
maintained this attitude towards the man and his work, even through
some of his wonkier productions. But now, finally, our outlook has been
validated. Prime Target is the best Heavener movie we've seen to date.
It has a crisp, professional look, and is snappy, entertaining, and
never boring. The plot is actually fairly engrossing, and this would be
a great place to start if you're unfamiliar with Heavener.
Tony Curtis is on board as the garrulous Copella, and the interplay between him and Bloodstone provides a lot of the meat of the movie. Curtis had a hard job, he's supposed to be the time-honored "annoying" character, but if you're too annoying, the audience will check out entirely, so you have to balance. We felt he did his best and he does put energy into the role. There's also fan favorite Isaac Hayes as the police chief, and the Brady Bunch's own Robert Reed as the FBI guy. They even interact in several scenes. Where else are you going to see that? Like a lot of Heavener movies that came out on VHS back in the golden years, this has a commercial before the movie advertising something Heavener-related. These commercials are always awesome, but this one takes the cake. The ad is for...wait for it...a David Heavener HOTLINE where you call 1-900-DAVID! This is absolutely real. Apparently you can get information and behind the scenes info about the movie and even get a Prime Target T-shirt. And here's the best part - the line "Kids get your parents' permission"!!!! What KID is a. renting an R-rated movie b. renting a HEAVENER movie c. renting PRIME TARGET and d. the odds of this kid existing and wanting to call the Heavener hotline are...what? We know they have to say that for legal purposes, but has there ever been a young tot who has said, "mom, can I please call 1-900-DAVID? I want to know more about Prime Target." It boggles the mind.
You'll be singing "blooood-stoonnnne" (Judas Priest reference) when you see Heavener's belt with the word "Cowboy" emblazoned into it, and especially when you hear the amazing intro/outro song, "I'm a Honky Tonk Man", which is this sort of country rap which predated Uncle Kracker and Kid Rock by many years. Yes, as if a hotline wasn't enough, Heavener actually raps. And you get a movie called Prime Target on this VHS tape as well, so for value-for-entertainment-dollars, you really can't beat this one.
Watch Jon Bloodstone turn the FBI into the "Federal BLOODSTONE Investigations" with this classic tonight.
This is an incredibly bad movie - perhaps one of the worst action films ever. Star David Heavener alos wrote and directed this fiasco with such a brazen ego that it feels like a love letter to himself more than a film the public can appreciate. They have a name in Hollywood for this kind of self-congradulatory filmmaking and it's called a vanity production. Everything about it is a strained effort to turn this cardboard actor into some kind of low rent Clint Eastwood for rednecks to hoot and holler over as he shoots at the bad guys and shows off his chest hair. Unless you are looking for some unintended laughs stay far away from this painful and pathetic piece of trite! However, if you enjoy a senseless egomaniacs amateur looking home movie that looks as if it has been shot through a muddy coke bottle, then this is the crap you've been waiting for!
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Prime Target is all some people would like to believe America is about
: sun blasted deserts, ugly remote villages, bland-looking people and
redneck western-descent heroes.
David Heavener's vision of heroism is even worse. In his self-made justice world, a Cop Hero :
1. Wields a flamethrower, burns criminals alive, and... gets "suspended" as a result.
2. Takes 25,000$ from the FBI just to drive some criminal around, and plagiarize The Gauntlet and Clint Eastwood in doing so.
3. Wears a awfully-looking hat just to reinforce that dumb country attitude.
4. Hates talking, hates culture, and hates eating everything else besides a hamburger.
5. Uses a 60 centimetre (illegal?) six-shots handgun making big holes in human bodies.
6. Listens to moronic country music.
7. Drives around with a "don't talk to me, I live on an empty island" attitude.
"Prime Target" looks just like libertarian propaganda :
Every official is corrupted? The "man" has to take justice into his own hands. Bankers ask for their 25,000$ mortgage in ten days? No problem, the "man" will find the money. His wife wants to throw him away because he never shows up at suppers? No problem, the "man" just has to push around, and he's screwing his wife again... the same boring dumb blonde girl showing up in all these movies.
Damn, at least the 70s movies were entertaining.
This is crappy "Free America lives by the gun and dies by the gun" propaganda.
Back when HBO would show an action movie every Thursday night, i happened to catch this flick. I got way more then I expected. Heavener, aping Clint Eastwood's performance in Dirty Harry, has the looks of a rouge cop. the rest of the cast is just as good, and what a cast. jenilee Harrison, best known for her stint on Three's Company, Robert Reed, the brady bunch dad in his last major role, ANdrew Robinson, forever immortalized for his role as the Scorpio killer in Dirty Harry, and perhaps the best, music legend Issac Hayes, years before his rebirth with South Park. Then you have Tony Curtis, a true legend who can make any role work. The conflict of genetic between Heavener and Curtis is priceless, as they share many good one liners. The movie moves along swiftly, and despite the rehashed story line. Not too more dependency on big explosions, nudity. The movie works, plain and simple. Prime Target is a guilty little pleasure you won't feel guilty for enjoying.
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