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Roots of Evil (1992)

A serial killer is after hookers and strippers. A male detective and his female partner are assigned to stop him.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Charles Dierkop ...
Jillian Kesner ...
Randall Brady ...
Deanna Lund ...
Jack Margolis ...
Kate Murtagh ...
Sam Menning ...
Bob Bragg ...
Jean Clark ...
Bartender (as J.L. Clark)


A serial killer is after hookers and strippers. A male detective and his female partner are assigned to stop him.

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Where danger and desire become fatal.


Crime | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong sexuality and violence, and for language. | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

2 September 1992 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Naked Force  »

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1.85 : 1
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The film exists in two versions-an unrated cut and a R-rated cut. The R-rated cut removed all gore from the film including a throat slashing, a tongue being severed, and a finger being cut off. The uncut version includes all the gore as well as an extended Delia Sheppard sex scene. See more »


Remake of Trinity Brown (1984) See more »

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Adult entertainer knows it roots
18 February 2013 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

This movie puts the fun in sleaze, one strip scene, that leads to the bedroom, especially, truly hot. An absolute youtube watch. Our nutter here, turns out to be of L.A's finest, where off hours, he's slicing up strippers and prostitutes, one witness, losing his tongue at one awful affair. A catchy phrase of dialogue comes minutes later, with a cat roaming the crime scene. Even the trashy mother disowns this poor 40 plus sob who keeps a furry toy animal for company. But in this flick that's very entertaining, you can't deny, we have two sets of action. We have an infamous mob guy, mowed down by a faceless assailant, the wife, (sexpot Deanna Lund) once a working girl, has an affair with a young stud, who if you can believe was once her pimp. He's in that hot sex scene. Alex Cord, a cop who cares, is great, perfect for this vehicle, who lays some of his words on thick. He knows Lund's history as well as her younger movie star, lesbian lover, Candy. Cord's partner, sexual and working is "Firecracker's" Jillian Kessner with the big, you know. Here again, in one scene she uses her smooth killer charm, at first playing a wannabe actress friend of Candy's, but things take a more serious turn at the flash of a badge. The plot sounds like some unrated police cop show, but Roots Of Evil is so much fun. Too the shocking turn when the bad guy is revealed as a cop, as a questioned stripper recognizes him, lucky enough to escape his clutches, minus a finger, intensified it. The hottie from the sex scene is used as a patsy to catch the psycho, after pimp, Johnny Collins is busted, where Cord has a word to him, on the dangers of smoking and littering. And too the revelation of the mob killer was a lovely surprise, literally. If sleaze and nudity is your thing, this isn't a bad one to check out. As to the thriller element, this film could leave your mind pondering as to if these two stories are connected, if judging by it's title. Loosely remade from an old adult film "Trinity Brown", starring adult great, John Leslie.

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