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Private Wars (1993)

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jack Manning
Chief Carpenter
Dan Tullis Jr. ...
Mo Williams
Holly Floria ...
Ronnie Gilmore
Alexander Winters
Mr. Mendoza
Ben Gilmore
Albert Garcia ...
Cynthia Frost ...
Mrs. Dominick
Tim Colceri ...
Sergeant Fuller
John Hobson ...
Eddie (as Vincent Murdocco)
John Salvitti ...
Anthony R. Lovett ...
Wolcott (as Andy Lovett)


A wealthy businessman is trying to "convince" the inhabitants of an old neighborhood to abandon their homes in order to build a huge business center there. To achieve his goals, he bribes the police and uses organized bands to intimidate the neighbors. But perhaps this alcoholic ex-cop, Manning, could help them, but how? Written by Luis Carvacho <>

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22 April 2004 | by (Mountain Mesa, California) – See all my reviews

A neighbourhood called "Jackson Heights" of Los Angeles (in reality the Pico-Union District in L.A.s Rampart Area) is to be razed in order for an extensive high-rise commercial complex to be constructed in its place, developed by Alexander Winters (Stuart Whitman in a hammy turn) who employs multi-cultural (?) street gangs to terrorize inhabitants into moving off, only to have a residents group hire ex-policeman and private investigator Jack Manning (Steve Railsback) as its choice to lead the locals in vigilante activity to enable them to remain in their homes, fighting back against the evil developer and his minions, including the corrupt chief of police along with numerous feral-appearing individuals who utilize martial arts as a way of life, apparently. An irrational and cliche-filled script seemingly targets an audience of subnormal 12 year old boys and is devoid of character development and logic but is laden indeed with predictable dialogue, and action that engages an abundance of stunt men who fill lengthy tiresome scenes with their whirling about and pounding upon each other (any one of the blows as depicted would immediately terminate any actual conflict), while Manning singlehandedly, although generally drunk or sleep-deprived, masters large numbers of foes during the course of a mind-numbing film that could not conceivably be tolerated by anyone with even embryonic intelligence.

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