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Banzai Runner (1987)

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A highway patrolman goes after a ring of hit-and-run drivers known as "Banzai runners," who have fast, expensive cars and stage illegal, dangerous high-speed races on the freeways at night.

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Billy Baxter
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Beck Baxter
Charles Dierkop ...
Traven
Barry Sattels ...
Osborne
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Syszek
Dawn Schneider ...
Shelley
Ann Cooper ...
Maysie
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Winaton
Marylou Kenworthy ...
Dallas (as Mary Lou Kenworthy)
John Wheeler ...
Hawkins
Eric Mason ...
Captain Hernandez
Ron Sloan ...
Greg
Steve Jamieson ...
Dale
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Moira (as Kim Knode)
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Graham
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A highway patrolman goes after a ring of hit-and-run drivers known as "Banzai runners," who have fast, expensive cars and stage illegal, dangerous high-speed races on the freeways at night.

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When speed is the only thing that counts.

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Interesting until the end
28 December 2001 | by (Greensboro, N.C.) – See all my reviews

Now, I'm not going to spoil this movie for the rest of the world who wants to watch it, it's just that, yeah, the box really told a whopper of a lie. There are no really fast cars, only cars going about 50 and are then transferred to film where they hit the fast forward button and watched em' fly. There are no fast women, only one that wants to get with every guy she seems to meet, and another who wants to take off her clothes while another guy drives. There are barely any drugs, in fact, all the other fast drivers hate the guy who does the drug thing. There was only one dangerous man, and he really didn't seem all that dangerous to me. There also were no so called "Banzai Runners." None of the guys who drove fast ever went by that title. And finally, there were no real exotic cars, only a bunch of angularly shaped cars that only the 80's could think up.

One thing the movie didn't really explain well was who the hell each fast driver was, and to what relation they had to the main character, Billy. All that was really said was Billy's brother got killed by a guy who drove fast. Not much else to it. But I can't bash on this movie too much, I actually enjoyed it for what it was worth. The worst part about the movie, though, was probably the acting of the so-called main villain Syszek. His acting and the end of the movie. But, hey. If you want to know what happens, you gotta watch the movie. I would actually recommend this movie if your bored one night and looking for something to do to waste time before you get tired and fall asleep watching late night talk shows. Go out and rent this movie, but I warn you, don't be looking for the next Pulp Fiction, cause it ain't gonna happen. Good day.


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