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Uncle Sam -- Deceased Desert Storm hero Sam Harper returns from the dead to wreak vengeance on hometown residents harboring anti-American sentiment, callously slaying dissenters.

Overview

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Director:
Writer (WGA):
Larry Cohen (written by)
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Release Date:
4 July 1997 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Uncle Sam wants you... DEAD! See more »
Plot:
Desert Storm vet who was killed in combat rises from the grave on July Fourth, to kill the unpatriotic citizens of his hometown, after some teens burn an American flag over his burial site. | Full synopsis »
User Reviews:
I want you...to avoid this movie! See more (69 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)

William Smith ... Major

David 'Shark' Fralick ... Master Sergeant Sam Harper (as David Shark Fralick)
Christopher Ogden ... Jody Baker

Leslie Neale ... Sally Baker

Bo Hopkins ... Sgt. Twining
Matthew Flint ... Deputy Phil Burke

Anne Tremko ... Louise Harper

Isaac Hayes ... Sgt. Jed Crowley

Timothy Bottoms ... Donald Crandall
Tim Grimm ... Ralph

P.J. Soles ... Madge Cronin
Tom McFadden ... Mac Cronin (as Thom McFadden)
Zachary McLemore ... Barry Cronin

Morgan Paull ... Mayor
Richard Cummings Jr. ... Dan

Robert Forster ... Congressman Alvin Cummings

Frank Pesce ... Barker
Jason Adelman ... Jesse Colbert
Laura Alcalde ... Park Mother

Raquel Alessi ... Girl Student (as Raquel Allessi)
Abby Ball ... Rick

Stanton Barrett ... Clete

Mark Chadwick ... Willie on Stilts

Chris Durand ... Sergeant
Taylor Jones ... Boy Student
Desirae Klein ... Barbeque Girl
Jason Lustig ... Undertaker
Joseph Vitare ... Kuwaiti Captain

Steve Moramarco ... Himself - The Abe Lincoln Story - Guitar / Vocals
Jonathon Stearns ... Himself - The Abe Lincoln Story - Piano
Gary Viggers ... Himself - The Abe Lincoln Story - Bass
Peter Fullerton ... Himself - The Abe Lincoln Story - Drums

Directed by
William Lustig 
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
Larry Cohen (written by)

Produced by
George G. Braunstein .... producer
Don Daniel .... line producer
Gina Fortunato .... associate producer
 
Original Music by
Mark Governor 
 
Cinematography by
James A. Lebovitz  (as James Lebovitz)
 
Film Editing by
Bob Murawski 
 
Casting by
Karen Rea 
 
Production Design by
Charlotte Malmlöf 
 
Art Direction by
Sue Savage 
 
Set Decoration by
Piper Ferguson  (as Piper Renee Ferguson)
 
Costume Design by
Amy Wetherbee 
 
Makeup Department
Debra-Lee Davidson .... makeup department head
Christine Steele .... hair stylist
 
Production Management
Don Daniel .... unit production manager
Gina Fortunato .... production manager: second unit
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Laurence Barbera .... first assistant director
Kelli L. Bright .... second second assistant director (as Kelli Bright)
Richard A. Cooper .... second assistant director (as Rick Cooper)
Lisa L. Hyde .... second second assistant director (as Lisa Hyde)
Rebecca Levinson .... second assistant director
Bob Murawski .... third unit director
Spiro Razatos .... second unit director
 
Art Department
Angel Acosta .... property master
Mike Boudreau .... assistant property master
Aubin Crowel .... scenic artist (as Aubin Crowell)
Aubin Crowel .... swing (as Aubin Crowell)
Wayne Feit .... lead person
Tim Roberts .... lead person
Beth Schneider .... set dresser
 
Sound Department
Jon Ailetcher .... production sound mixer
Suzanne Angel .... adr editor
Nancy Lee Bleisch .... assistant post-production sound coordinator
Gary Boatner .... boom operator
Sarah Brady .... adr supervisor
John Brasher .... sound re-recording mixer
Roy Braverman .... sound effects editor
Geoff Clark .... post-production sound coordinator
Thom 'Coach' Ehle .... stereo sound consultant: Dolby
Kieron Estrada .... utility sound
Michael Ferdie .... dialogue assistant
Eric Hoeschen .... adr mixer
Eric Hoeschen .... foley mixer
Marty Hutcherson .... sound re-recording mixer
Carlos Isais .... sound recordist
Manny Laba .... boom operator: second unit
Adriane Marfiak .... sound effects editor
Peggy McAffee .... sound effects editor
Bruce Murphy .... dialogue editor
Benjamin Patrick .... production sound mixer: second unit (as Ben Patrick)
Laurence Puchalsky .... dialogue assistant (as Laurence Pulchalsky)
Doug Reed .... foley artist
Linda Wehde .... adr assistant
 
Special Effects by
Joe Castro .... special makeup effects crew: Sota Effects
Francious Delas .... special makeup effects crew: Sota Effects
Josh Foster .... special makeup effects crew: Sota Effects
John C. Hartigan .... special effects supervisor: Ultimate Effects
Roy Knyrim .... special makeup effects supervisor: Sota Effects
Albert Lannutti .... special effects foreman: Ultimate Effects
Jerry Macaluso .... special makeup effects supervisor: Sota Effects
Steve Newquist .... special effects assistant: Ultimate Effects
Mark Villalobos .... special makeup effects crew: Sota Effects (as Mark Villalobo)
Bill Zahn .... special makeup effects crew: Sota Effects
 
Visual Effects by
David Fred Masselink .... optical effects line-up (uncredited)
 
Stunts
David Barrett .... stunts
Mark Chadwick .... stunts
Gilbert B. Combs .... stunts (as Gil Combs)
Edward Conna .... stunts (as Eddie Conna)
Phil Culotta .... stunts
Chris Durand .... stunts
David M. Graves .... stunts (as David Graves)
Charles Grisham .... stunts
Rebecca Levinson .... stunts
Greg Millea .... stunts
Denney Pierce .... stunts (as Denny Pierce)
Spiro Razatos .... stunt coordinator
Scott Rogers .... stunts
Monty L. Simons .... stunts (as Monty Simons)
Tony Snegoff .... stunts
Tim Trella .... stunts
Keith Woulard .... stunts (as Keith Woolard)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
William Ambrose .... best boy grip
Ken Bazal .... second assistant camera
John Blake .... additional assistant camera
Joey D. Brown .... gaffer (as Joey Brown)
Peter Burge .... electrician (as Pete Burge)
Erin-Bruce Cook .... first assistant camera (as Erin Cook)
Troy Cook .... additional camera operator
Sheryll Coulon .... still photographer
Darrin DeLoach .... second assistant camera
Dan Fisher .... electrician
Scott Froschauer .... dolly grip
Hector Gutierrez .... best boy grip: second unit
Cheddy D. Hart .... additional camera operator (as Cheddy Hart)
Jason D. Hodges .... dolly grip (as Jason Hodges)
Jason D. Hodges .... key grip (as Jason Hodges)
Dan Hofstad .... best boy electric (as Dan Hofstadt)
Doug Houston .... electrician
Renaldo Jackson .... electrician
Magdalene Kispal .... still photographer
Marc LaMatina .... electrician (as Mark LaMattina)
Bruce Land .... grip
Brian Lucas .... electrician
Roy Ludt III .... grip (as Roy Ludt)
Richard A. Ludt .... key grip (as Richard Ludt)
John Massaro .... best boy electric (as Johnnie Massaro)
Merlyn Muller .... camera department intern
Merlyn Muller .... video assistant
Bill Olofsson .... camera loader (as William Oloffson)
Anthony Q. Palmer .... electrician (as Anthony Palmer)
Jerry Patton .... second assistant camera
Butch Pierson .... first assistant camera
Rico Priem .... grip
Steve Redondo .... grip
Chip Rothenberger .... rigging grip
Red Sinclair .... gaffer
Tom Stanger .... electrician (as Tom Stranger)
Chris Thornton .... dolly grip (as Chris Thorton)
Robert Christopher Webb .... electrician (as Rob Webb)
Joe Broderick .... Steadicam operator (uncredited)
Benjamin Lehmann .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Kevin Nieliwocki .... dolly grip (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Tom Thacker .... extras casting
Bianca Cioffi-Zaring .... casting assistant (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Shea Koslow .... seamstress
Jennifer Kouba .... wardrobe supervisor
Nadia Smith .... seamstress
 
Editorial Department
Paul Hart .... assistant editor
Mike Mertens .... color timer
Fred Teetzel .... negative cutter
 
Location Management
Mauni P. Caves .... location manager (as Mauni Caves)
Jay Lee .... location manager: second unit
David Van Dam .... assistant location manager
 
Music Department
Lisa Anne Miller .... orchestrator
Jack K. Tillar .... music editor (as Jack Tillar)
 
Transportation Department
Daniel Deprest .... driver
Craig Lietzke .... transportation captain
Sean Neel .... driver
Glen R. Polzel .... driver (as Glen Polzel)
David Shaffer .... transportation coordinator (as Dave Shafer)
 
Other crew
Robin Bianchi .... script supervisor
Nancy Lee Bleisch .... adr loop group
Maria Bloom Luke .... assistant post-production accountant
Steve Blum .... adr loop group
Michele Bock .... key set production assistant (as Michelle Bock)
Charmaine Boos .... studio teacher
Charmaine Boos .... welfare worker
Dick Brooks .... publicist
Gregory Cole .... production assistant
Ludlow Peter Coleman III .... chef (as Peter Coleman)
Ed Cook .... adr loop group
Linda Cook .... adr loop group
Sherri Cosentino .... production coordinator (as Sheri Cosentino)
Michael Donner .... post-production accountant
Tim Dornberg .... adr loop group
Maureen Duffy .... completion bond: Film Finance Inc.
Cleber Farano .... craft service (as Cleber Ferano)
Maria Govan .... key set production assistant
Paul Hart .... stock footage researcher
Paul Heath .... key set production assistant
Alex Klyusner .... production assistant
Sammy Kriestorac .... production assistant
Guy Mann-Dude .... projectionist
Oscar Miranda .... production assistant
Glenn Nishida .... engineer
Buckley Norris .... production insurance: AON/Albert G. Ruben
Gracie Poletti .... adr loop group (as Gracie Moore)
Autumn Rivers .... assistant production coordinator
Felice Schachter .... production coordinator
Suzanne St. Pierre .... craft service
George Sweney .... production accountant
Bill Witka .... security officer
Kurt Woolner .... completion bond: Film Finance Inc.
 
Thanks
Jody Fedele .... special thanks
 
Crew believed to be complete


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MPAA:
Rated R for strong horror violence and brief nudity
Runtime:
89 min
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Certification:
Australia:MA15+ | Finland:K-16 (video premiere) | Germany:18 | New Zealand:R16 | South Korea:18 | UK:18 (video premiere) | USA:R (certificate #34575)
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Trivia:
The ending is a reference to the ending of Lucio Fulci's City of the Living Dead (1980). The Lucio Fulci dedication before the end credits confirms this.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: Uncle Sam's pants go from red and white to black and white just before the final showdown.See more »
Quotes:
Sam:Don't be afraid, it's only friendly fire.See more »
Movie Connections:
References Maniac Cop 2 (1990)See more »
Soundtrack:
Feel You FadingSee more »

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2 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
I want you...to avoid this movie!, 4 July 1999
Author: David Choi from New Jersey, USA

Just in time for the spirit of the Fourth of July! I could not think of a more appropriate movie that relates to the Independence Day theme.

Un film de William Lustig. UNCLE SAM had the potential to be a grand cult classic. However lackluster performances plus a flawed and muddled orchestration prevent UNCLE SAM from earning its stars and stripes...

Master Sergeant Sam Harper (David "Shark" Fralick), an honorable Desert Storm hero is accidentally killed by "friendly fire" while fighting in Kuwait. Tragically, this one time hero has become a mere statistic...

Meanwhile, at Twin Rivers, USA, Jody (Christopher Ogden) sadly misses his uncle. However, when an Army Sergeant (Bo Hopkins) appears, the news of Harper's arrival back to the states is apparently not good news. This Sergeant has plaintively informed Jody and his relatives of Sam Harper's demise. Afterwards, Harper's grieving family wishes to have him receive an honorable burial.

Subsequently, a few twenty year old teenagers decide to foolishly burn an American flag near Sam's resting site. This action has provoked the indignation of Sam Harper. This undead patriotic marine feels deign to teach these delinquents some country pride in the typical fashion. Sam is willing to teach a lesson...at the cost of any human lives.

So "Uncle Sam" returns from the grave to restore rectitude and pride in a small, greedy town gone wrong. He has a fresh crop of sinners at his disposal. Among the characters include: an unlawful sheriff (Matthew Flint), a draft dodging teacher (Timothy Bottoms), a tax evading lawyer (Tim Grimm), and a scornful, self-serving politician (Robert Forster!). Uncle Sam fights for truth, (in)justice...and the American way!

UNCLE SAM was atrociously bad, but in a sort of cheesy way. The ensemble in this movie is a B-movie fan's dream. Even P.J. Soles rounds out the cast as a fastidious mother. Anyhow, the acting in this movie was tremendously weak. The characters lacked charisma, and I personally wanted to see virtually all of the cast members (even the child actors) bite the dust sometime in this film. The young child actor, Ogden, for one is too nettling for his own good. The best performance is by Hayes (Yes, that is the Isaac Hayes who provides Chef's voice in the indelible TV show SOUTH PARK) as an affectionate war veteran. Hayes is the only caring character who does a good job portraying Harper's former mentor who must dissuade young Jody from enlisting in the army. As for good old Robert Forster, let's just say that his performance is "on fire!"

Some wily cleverness manages to shine through but this film suffers heavily from an onerous pace. The death scenes in particular (i.e. Hatchet in the head, a decapitation, throat slitting, gunshot wounds) are far from adulterated. Some of the other subtleties were...unique. I especially chuckled watching Ogden play with those old all American action figures. Another subtlety was Uncle Sam's atypical costume. It is certainly the perfect disguise for a movie villain!

As for the antagonist, Larry Cohen has created a villain whose violent tactics are nothing more but "justified murders." The screenplay though, is a lot less refined. Ostensibly, Cohen had created mixed messages in this movie. Unfortunately, the screenplay fails to convey any of these individual messages thoroughly. Cohen wanted to discern a theme explaining that people throughout history have always been fighting without a cause. People supposedly have fought for the thrill of victory, but nowadays, people seem to fight for no other purpose than the pleasure of killing. On the other hand, Cohen also wanted to elucidate the fact that there are no noble heroes in war...only ones who miraculously survive with blood on his hands... These ideas are implied with the characterization of Uncle Sam and how he became so cold-hearted. The screenplay had strong intentions, but they are not fully expressed. Cohen does a much better job with satire. The mean-spirited satire censuring anti-patriotism and the lack of pride and duty among even America's finest citizens is inventive...up to a point.

UNCLE SAM is probably not William Lustig's best picture, but he has done far worst films. This film though, does not offer much substance except for a wasted great premise. Do yourself a favor and avoid the propaganda. Do not be fooled into witnessing this movie just because you see its excellent, holographic video cover. This vanity production is all decoration...and zero thrills. I may not be able to discourage you from seeing this movie, but I will exhort to you that even if this movie does sound fanciful, it really lacks a soul. If you do manage to sit through this whole movie, watch the end credits to hear a poem written by the veteran himself, cacophonous-voiced William Smith.

RATING: *1/2 out of ****.



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