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Impulse (1974)

A paranoid, leisure-suit-wearing conman/gigolo named Matt Stone seduces lonely women, bilks them of their savings via an investment scam, then kills them. When he begins seeing an ... See full summary »

Director:

William Grefé

Writer:

Tony Crechales
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
William Shatner ... Matt Stone
Ruth Roman ... Julia Marstow
Jennifer Bishop ... Ann Moy
Kim Nicholas Kim Nicholas ... Tina Moy
James Dobson James Dobson ... Clarence
Harold Sakata ... Karate Pete
Marcia Knight ... Helen (as Marcie Knight)
Vivian Lester Vivian Lester ... Matt's Mother
William Kerwin ... Soldier
Marcy Lafferty ... Hotel Clerk
Chad Walker Chad Walker ... Matt, as a Boy
Paula Dimitrouleas Paula Dimitrouleas ... Belly Dancer
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Storyline

A paranoid, leisure-suit-wearing conman/gigolo named Matt Stone seduces lonely women, bilks them of their savings via an investment scam, then kills them. When he begins seeing an attractive widow, her daughter Tina becomes suspicious of his motives. Written by Marty McKee <mmckee@wkio.com>

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When the Demons of Evil... Take all Power of Reason... Only IMPULSE Remains! See more »

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Horror | Thriller

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
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Trivia

Matt Stone was more of a stereotypical mobster type in an earlier draft of the script. Moreover, said earlier draft of the script took place in California instead of Florida. See more »

Quotes

Matt Stone: You fat!... People like you should be ground into dog meat!
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Referenced in The Cinema Snob: Savage Vengeance (2007) See more »

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Kirk's Waterloo
16 June 2003 | by rufasffSee all my reviews

I attended my one and only Star Trek convention in Chicago, in 1974. The whole cast was there except William Shatner. Could it have been that he had to fly down to Florida to make Impulse? Might I have done something, even at age 13, to stop him?

This is as funny and terrible as everyone says and more so.

Shatner is often unfairly teased; but in this case, he brought it on himself. Seeming to view the character as infantile, Shatner lumbers through a series of reactions as garish as his wardrobe. Could he have needed the money? Was Bill Grefe just too much fun to hang out with? Grefe claims he talked Shatner into making the film upon a chance Airport meeting.

Surprisingly the rest of the cast is pretty good(!). Ruth Roman acts like She is holding court at an upscale dinner theater. Jennifer Bishop maintains her dignity despite being victimized by Grefe's signature shot; a close up of the rump. Yet it is Kim Nichols as the explosive Tina who walks off with the film.

You cannot die having not seen "Impulse."


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

31 January 1974 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

I Love to Kill See more »

Filming Locations:

Tampa, Florida, USA See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$75,000
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Production Co:

Conquerer Films Inc. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

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Black and White | Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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