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Merchant of Death (1997)

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 ...
Velazquez
Michael McGovern ...
Sam Washburn
Greg Melvill-Smith ...
Anthony Birch
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Harv Bennet
Frank Notaro ...
Panella
Frank Norton ...
Pope
Dave Ridley ...
Hyperion Security
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Nick Randall
David Butler ...
Cessna Pilot
Michael Brunner ...
Jim Randall 6 Year
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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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Worth your time, if you like to watch for goofs...
15 September 2000 | by See all my reviews

Ishtar, move over... This is one of the worst movies that I've seen. This movie is filled with goofs, blunders and unexplained exploding victims. At least in that respect, it was entertaining.

The plot slowly develops only after about 2 dozen people get killed. Michael Pare is the least of the problems with the film, although his character is akin to Superman dodging the bullets from dozens of machine guns while he shoots his way through.

If you are looking for a serious, semi-believable "shoot-em-up" don't bother with this one.


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