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Stranglehold (1994)

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Deep inside the nation's top chemical weapons facility, a brilliant terrorist takes a Congresswoman hostage. The Navy can't stop him. The Air Force can't reach him. The Coast Guard can't ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ryan Cooper
Helen Filmore
Gerald Richter
William Atkins
James Gregory Paolleli ...
Lt. Jackson (as James Paolelli)
Archie Adamos ...
Pete Olo
Tony Carreon ...
Captain Estrada
Jim Broome ...
Joseph Zucchero ...
Henry Strzalkowski ...
Bobby Greenwood ...
Myers' Secretary
Ken Metcalfe ...
Ambassador Filmore
Gus Nicholas ...
Ambassador's Aide
Paul Holmes ...
Henry Barnes


Deep inside the nation's top chemical weapons facility, a brilliant terrorist takes a Congresswoman hostage. The Navy can't stop him. The Air Force can't reach him. The Coast Guard can't kill him. Only one man can do the job: special agent Ryan Cooper. He's in a race against time to save the world, facing his greatest challenge yet! Written by Concorde - New Horizons (with permission).

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Bare Hands. Fast Feet. Short Temper. Ryan Cooper needs no weapon.




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19 October 1994 (USA)  »

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Disappointing and Forgettable....
23 March 2010 | by (Darlington, England) – See all my reviews

Following his debut in the 1989 Jet Li film The Master, former PKA World Welterweight Kickboxing Champion Jerry Trimble managed to carve himself a short-lived niche of b-movie stardom, in straight-to-video releases such as Roger Cormans superior Bloodfist remake Full Contact, and a slew of films by legendary b-director Cirio H. Santiago, best known for his 'post-apoc' desert films such as Dune Warriors and Equalizer 2000.

The Jerry Trimble/Cirio H. Santiago collaborations included the decent prison film Live By The Fist, the passable One Man Army, and this - the forgettable Stranglehold.

The plot revolves around a crazed psychopath (the very scary-looking Vernon Wells) who, on a tour of a chemicals factory, kidnaps U.S. Congresswoman Helen Filmore (played by Jillian McWhirter, who was also in Santiago's Dune Warriors, and was great in Last Man Standing with Jeff Wincott) and demands $50 million or he will unleash a chemical gas which will kill thousands of innocent people. Naturally, its up to Filmores bodyguard, ex-CIA operative Ryan Cooper (Jerry Trimble) to save the day.

There was great scope here to make a Die Hard-esquire hostage rescue movie, but it falls pretty flat. I'm a big fan of Jerry Trimble, but he isn't used to his full potential here. He is rarely given a chance to show off his impressive kickboxing abilities, and he barely speaks a word in the whole film. Why hire a fighter and actor of Jerry Trimbles calibre and then have him barely fight or speak? Baffling... The whole film is really just him gunning down an endless wave of balaclava-wearing terrorists one after another, and there's very little else to say about it.

Though i don't have a problem with b-movies, and i think Cirio H. Santiago is a master of making a lot out of a tiny budget, some of the set-pieces here are truly terrible - the over-use of miniatures, the silver foil pipes in the engine room, the soapy water 'acid', the use of balaclavas to hide the fact that its the same 3 actors playing every bad guy, the cardboard box chemical factory blowing up - they're all pretty bad.

Really, i can't say i overly enjoyed this film, but at just 73 minutes, its not a bad way to spend your time if you're a fan of Jerry Trimble and/or ultra-cheap b-movies. If only the film was as exciting as the DVD box-art suggests!

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