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The Panther Squad (1984)

A squad of female mercenaries take on an organization called Space Clean, which is dedicated to stopping space exploration.

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(as Peter Knight)

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(screenplay) (as George Freedland), (original idea) | 1 more credit »
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Ilona / The Panther
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Frank Bramble
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Barbara / Clean Space Agent (as Karin Shubert)
Jean-René Gossart ...
Clean Space Leader (as J.R. Gossar)
Analía Ivars ...
(as Joan Virly)
Françoise Bocci ...
(as Franca Bocci)
Donna Cross
Karin Brussels
Virginia Svenson
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General
Arch Taylor
Roger Darton ...
President of N.O.O.N.
John Rounds
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(as Robert Foster)
Shirley Knight
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An astronaut has been abducted by a group of environmental terrorists. The New Organization of Nations decides to send a lethal commando "The Panther Squad", composed of sexy female mercenaries to get rid of the terrorists led by Barbara Wims and to free the hostage... Written by Guy Bellinger

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November 1987 (West Germany)  »

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Female Mercenaries II  »

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The French company Aérospatiale, manufacturer of space craft, is thanked in the French version of this film, as images of their activities are shown as inserts in the film. See more »

Soundtracks

She's Tough and Tender
(Panther Squad theme)
Performed by Steve Stone
Written by Ross Vannelli
Produced by Ross Vannelli
Arranged by Ross Vannelli and Tom Saviano
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Slapdash Video Euro Trash
27 August 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I pity the video rental store customers who, looking for something fun to watch on a slow night in the mid 80s, saw this sexy box cover with Sybil Danning holding a machine gun, got excited, read on the back that "the Panther Squad gives you non-stop action", and believed it.

Even connoisseurs of trash are likely to feel let down by this one. After a promising opening credits target practice montage set to a fun rock song called "Tough and Tender", Panther Squad goes limp and lazily smirks its way through a series of lame gags, sub-Dolemite fight choreography, and lifeless acting to a mildly amusing end sequence involving an easily whipped world takeover attempt and a cheesy laser that makes a Jeep disappear. A chintzy flick like this one really needs to slather on the exploitative elements in order to hold a viewer's interest, but Panther Squad is sadly and uninterestingly barren of any gore or nudity.

Danning lacks the charisma to carry such lackluster material, and Jack Taylor, a familiar face from European horror films like The Vampires Night Orgy and Pieces, looks bored throughout - though this is apparently intentional and supposed to be humorous - and his absentminded spy character effectively sums up the film's merits when he observes, "Things move pretty slowly around here." Panther Squad is clearly intended as camp, but at times one wonders where the winking, unfunny play ineptitude ends and the real lack of behind-the-camera talent takes over. Case in point: the villains are supposed to be wacko anti-pollution terrorists, but in one scene we see a group of them riding in a car that's putting out blasts of thick, black smoke. Is this a joke, or was the production just that cheap and shoddy? I'm still not sure.

Fans of filmmaking on the Mikels or Sloane level might be able to tolerate this, but all others are advised to avoid. As of writing, unloved VHS copies of Panther Squad are cheaply available.


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