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Blastfighter (1984)

Unrated | | Action, Crime, Drama | 15 November 1985 (USA)
A former policeman sets out to unleash violent vengeance upon deer poachers when they rape and kill his long lost daughter.

Director:

Lamberto Bava (as John Old Jr.)

Writers:

Luca De Rita (as Luca von Ryt), Massimo De Rita (as Max von Ryt) | 2 more credits »
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Complete credited cast:
Michael Sopkiw ... Jake 'Tiger' Sharp
Valentina Forte ... Connie (as Valerie Blake)
George Eastman ... Tom
Stefano Mingardo ... Wally (as Mike Miller)
Ottaviano Dell'Acqua ... Matt (as Richard Raymond)
Massimo Vanni ... Dying Police Officer (as Patrick O'Neil jr.)
Elizabeth Forbes Elizabeth Forbes
Carl Savage Carl Savage
Michele Soavi ... Pete (as Michael Saroyan)
George Williams George Williams ... Cochran
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The hero of the film is a murderer. He is an ex cop who served eight years in prison for the murder of his wife's murderer. Upon release from prison, he decided to return to his hometown to escape from his past. En route to his ancestral home in Georgia, one of his friends gives him a gun that fires grenades, smoke bombs, steel balls, rockets, and several other types of projectiles. One day, while just looking through the scope of his gun for no apparent reason, he happens to spot a large buck. He follows the deer with the scope and is surprised when he witnesses a group of local boys poach the deer. The hero puts the gun under the floorboards of the porch, where it remains until very near the end of the movie. Upon investigating the poaching, he uncovers a horrifying poaching ring run by a man from Hong Kong who is paying the locals a couple of thousand dollars per deer and using bits of the animals for Oriental medicines. Our hero decides to clean up the ring. However, he runs into ... Written by <jeff@bora.dacom.co.kr>

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The Force Of Vengeance

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Action | Crime | Drama | Mystery

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Trivia

The weapon Tiger uses in the film is a Franchi 12-gauge semi-auto shotgun. See more »

Goofs

When Tiger's car is descending the mountain road, the tires squeal as he rounds the corners. However, tires don't squeal like that on dirt roads, and his brake lines have been cut, so the tires shouldn't be squealing at all because he can't be braking. See more »

Quotes

Jake 'Tiger' Sharp: YOU WANT TO KNOW WHO I AM? I'M A SON OF A BITCH... who wants to be left alone.
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Crazy Credits

Footage contained in this film which depicts animals suffering was archive documentary footage and was not instigated by the production company. See more »

Alternate Versions

Italian DVD release (which is full uncut but with Italian audio and subtitles ONLY!) has quite a few more intense and violent scenes than the Finnish videotape (English audio) that possibly are not censorship cuts but version differences. The rape scene and the beating of the cop in the woods is more intense. Also the "exploding arm" - and "the throatcut" - scenes are not present in the Finnish videotape. There's also some differences in some of the dialogue scenes, like the ending - in the Italian print Eastman and Sopkiw don't say anything to each other while in the english language print they change a few words. See more »

Connections

Featured in Blastfighter: An Interview with Michael Sopkiw (2017) See more »

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Evening Star
Written by Barry Gibb, Robin Gibb, and Maurice Gibb
Performed by Tommie Baby
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Michael Sopkiw ... Misunderstood action cinema icon?
10 May 2009 | by CoventrySee all my reviews

Having watched "Blastfighter", I can now proudly say for myself that I've seen the entire repertoire of lead actor Michael Sopkiw. Not that this is such an exhausting or praiseworthy accomplishment, as this peculiar macho star only ever appeared in four movies, but they are nevertheless rare and offbeat highlights in the category of shameless early 80's Italian exploitation cinema. Sopkiw's career was quite bizarre, because he only played four leading roles and then completely disappeared from the film industry, but the movies he did are forever printed in my head and all still rank high in my list of personal guilty pleasures. "After the Fall of New York" and "Massacre in Dinosaur Valley" are his two most superior achievements, whereas the double feature he shot with director Lamberto Bava is putrid but tremendously amusing cheese-material! "Monster Shark" is a daft and utterly retarded "Jaws" rip-off and this "Blastfighter" is an outrageously inane travesty of the Sylvester Stallone vehicle "Rambo". This is an incredibly askew and misfire of an action flick; hilariously entertaining for all the wrong reasons. The screenplay is incoherent and full of holes big enough to rush a reasonably large bobsled through, the inept dialogs make you go "WTF?" every couple of minutes and the overuse of typically 80's syrupy chansons is mildly infuriating. We open with Sopkiw's character – awesomely named Tiger Sharp, ha – walking out of prison after doing his eight years of time for murdering his wife's murderer. Why his wife died or in what sort of scandal Tiger got involved eight years ago we never find out. We just knew he was a cop in the Bronx and now he returns to his hillbilly-infested hometown somewhere in Arizona. At least I think it's in Arizona, because that annoying theme song repeatedly sings something about "Sunset across the Arizonian border". Anyway, Tiger promptly gets into conflict with a bunch of redneck lumberjacks led by the crazed brother of Tiger's former best friend Tom. George "Anthropophagous" Eastman depicts Tom and I truly, madly, deeply adore this guy! Tiger then receives a visit from his teenage daughter Connie (although it takes an awful long time before he realizes she's his offspring) and it looks as if he finally found some peace and quiet in his chaotic existence. But the vendetta with the rednecks escalates, and Tiger is unwillingly forced again to dust off his multifunctional machine gun. Watching "Blastfighter" is an indescribable experience and I only address myself towards fans of Italian exploitation cinema, because all the other 'normal' movie lovers are likely to label this as the worst movie ever made. Don't get me wrong, it IS one of the worst movies ever made but also amateurishly charming, irresistibly cheesy and the ideal piece of junk to watch together with friends. Every slightest aspect about this movie is unintentionally zany, like the wannabe sentimental moments with the Bambi deer, the "Deliverance" homage near the beginning, the continuously straight-faced acting performances, the exaggerated showcasing of hillbilly clichés, the copious amount of action sequences that look identical to "Rambo", the seemingly unceasing number of hostile lumberjacks that our hero is up against, the demented father/daughter interactions and the totally bonkers final confrontation with Tom. Michael Sopkiw is a handsome (kind of resembling Franco Nero) and reasonably talented actor and he probably deserved better than to star in trash like this. I can't possibly afford to grant a positive rating to "Blastfighter", but rest assured it's an entertaining and highly recommended film!


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