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The One Armed Executioner (1981)

R | | Action, Drama | April 1983 (USA)
This is the story of an Interpol agent turned restaurateur, out for revenge against the gangsters that cut off his arm and killed his bride. This tragedy left him deeply depressed, and his ... See full summary »

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Franco Guerrero ...
Ortega (as Chito Guerrero)
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Ann
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Nesty Mercado
Danny Rojo
Leopoldo Salcedo
Joseph Zucchero ...
Milo (as Joe Zucchero)
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This is the story of an Interpol agent turned restaurateur, out for revenge against the gangsters that cut off his arm and killed his bride. This tragedy left him deeply depressed, and his battle with depression has to be won first before he can be thoroughly trained in martial arts. After his training, Ortega hunts down his adversaries for a final reckoning. Written by Ørnås

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The helicopter used at the movie's climax was rented for only two hours, so every scene involving the helicopter was done in a single take. See more »

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A farewell to arms.
12 April 2015 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Franco Guerrero stars as Ramon Ortega, hotshot Interpol agent. He's getting too close to nefarious drug kingpin Edwards (Nigel Hogge), so the master criminal sends out his goons, led by the physically imposing Mike Jason (Pete Cooper). The bad guys subsequently murder Ramon's lovely blonde wife Ann (Jody Kay) and lop off Ramon's left arm. Ramon sinks into a pit of despair, self pity, and alcoholism, before being rescued by his associate Wo Chen, who trains him in the martial arts and to be able to operate without the use of a limb.

Admittedly, "The One Armed Executioner" is not a high quality production, but it's a great deal of fun. Co-writer / director Bobby A. Suarez ("American Commandos") is not the slickest of filmmakers when it comes to this genre, but he does alright, giving this amiable actioner decent pace and acceptable set pieces. As could be expected, the performances and dubbing aren't so hot, but that doesn't mean that they don't entertain. Guerrero is a passable hero, the briefly seen Kay is appealing as the loving wife, and Hogge and Cooper are decent bad guys. Cooper in particular is fun, given the way that he chortles nastily while doing his dirty deeds.

Location work is adequate, and the music is enjoyable. It's also nice to see that this was shot in the 2.35:1 aspect ratio. People who favour the cheap and the cheesy are likely to have a reasonably good time watching this one.

Seven out of 10.


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