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Merchant of Death (1997)

R  |   |  Action, Drama  |  26 September 1997 (Japan)
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Jim Rendall (Michael Pare) is 6 when his family gets killed. 25 years later he finds out why.

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Jim Randell
Linda Hoffman ...
Dr. Maggie Winters
John Simon Jones ...
Detective Will 'Flash' Gordon (as Simon Jones)
Justin Illusion ...
Walter
Anthony Fridjhon ...
Canning (as Anthony Fridjohn)
Tony Caprari ...
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Michael McGovern ...
Sam Washburn
Greg Melvill-Smith ...
Anthony Birch
Deon Stewardson ...
Harv Bennet
Frank Notaro ...
Panella
Frank Norton ...
Dave Ridley ...
Hyperion Security
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Nick Randall
David Butler ...
Cessna Pilot
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When he was 6-years-old 23 years ago, Portland, Oregon police detective Jim Randall witnessed the murders of his parents and his sister. Now, Randall is trying to crack a drug ring led by Panella, whose hit men Velazquez and Birch killed Randall's family 23 years ago. After Randall's interruption of another cop's stakeout, Randall's boss Sam Washburn orders him to undergo departmental psychiatric therapy. But Randall's visits with Dr. Maggie Weathers leads to Randall's memories flooding out to confront him. Randall learns that Washburn was mixed up in a scheme to buy the Randall family farm, and after Washburn's death, Washburn's widow hands Randall a file. The trail leads to the Hyperion Export Corporation, owned by Canning, the town's former mayor. Randall sets out to avenge his family's murders, knowing exactly who to go after. Randall starts by going after Velazquez and Birch, who didn't tell Washburn about their orders from Panella to kill the Randalls because the Randalls didn't... Written by Todd Baldridge

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Rated R for strong violence, and for some language | See all certifications »
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Not Pare's best...but decent.
9 August 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The film has a low-budget but the action isn't that bad. Especially the opening scene. A boy's family is killed by bad guys and he grows up to be a cop. He has blocked out the memory all of his life, but when a series of events triggers him to remember his dark past, he must get vengeance for his family. Decent acting and okay action. The budget effects the quality of the film but if you can get past that its an okay action-thriller. I bought this film on DVD for like 5 bucks and i had high expectations, but i actually enjoyed it. If you like Pare then it's worth a glance. If you don't like PAre or know he is, don't bother with it.


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