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Bare Knuckles (1977)

A bounty hunter in Los Angeles sets out to track down and stop a masked serial killer who murders women by using kung-fu moves.

Director:

Don Edmonds

Writer:

Don Edmonds
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Viharo ... Zachary Kane
Sherry Jackson ... Jennifer Randall
Michael Heit Michael Heit ... Richard Devlin
Gloria Hendry ... Barbara Darrow
John Daniels ... Black
Karen Kondazian ... Pamela Devlin (as Karen Kondan)
Essex Smith Essex Smith ... Efrom
Richard Kennedy ... Sgt. Brenner
Patrick Wright ... Max Baumer
Jace Jace ... Kido
Kyôko Fuji Kyôko Fuji ... Oriental Girl (as Kyoko Fuji)
Valerie Rae Clark Valerie Rae Clark ... Massage Girl (as Valerie Clark)
John Dewey Carter John Dewey Carter ... Deke
James Friedman James Friedman ... Rizzo
Amber Hunt Amber Hunt ... Rita
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Storyline

A bounty hunter in Los Angeles sets out to track down and stop a masked serial killer who murders women by using kung-fu moves.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Zack and Black--Manhunters...Back to Back! See more »

Genres:

Action | Adventure

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

September 1977 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Action Man - Ein Mann, ein Kämpfer See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Mustang Films See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Crew members Dean Cundey, Debra Hill and George 'Buck' Flower would all go on to be associates of John Carpenter shortly after working together on this film. See more »

Goofs

When Zack discovers Jennifer's dead body. The male neighbor, who witnessed the slaying and got himself murdered by the killer, can be seen blinking. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Adjust Your Tracking (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

Bare Knuckles
Written and Performed by Vic Caesar
Produced by Don Edmonds
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What the world needs now is more Zachary Kane!
1 November 2010 | by tarbosh22000See all my reviews

Drive-in genius!

In this gem, Zachary Kane (Viharo) is the strong, silent type who is also a scrappy, street-smart bounty hunter. He always gets his man. But he faces the ultimate challenge when a crazed, hissing, sadistic serial killer begins abducting and killing women on his home L.A. turf. So Kane teams up with Black (Daniels) to find the culprit, searching through the seedy sides of the city, but finding ample time to seduce the ladies, mainly Jennifer (Jackson). What is the secret of spoiled rich brat Richard Devlin (Heit), and his sidekick/sparring partner Kido (Jace)? Will Kane be able to put 2 and 2 together before it's too late? Bare Knuckles is so great for so many different reasons. They truly don't make 'em like this anymore and the movie industry should be ashamed. It is loaded with 70's atmosphere, from the disco-like soundtrack to the fact that 90% of the men in the movie have a mustache. It defines the pre-political correctness era, with an awesome hero who smokes, drinks and does whatever the hell he wants.

Top-notch grittiness ensues on a technical level and it all has a low-budget guerilla feel to it that works perfectly. Sure, there are some imperfections that naturally come from underground filmmaking, but they are more than made up for by all the movie's strengths. Namely, the street-level, 70's feel and the character of Zachary Kane. There were no sequels or TV series spinoffs for the Kanester, but we should have seen more of him in some way.

Robert Viharo as Kane is brilliant. The taciturn, David-Heavener-like style, the fact that he is a man on a mission that knows what he wants, he is a boxer (great training sequence) and he even plays the flute! He's so smooth he even picks up the main love interest Jennifer while chowing down on some Pizza Hut in the parking lot. Needless to say, we loved Kane.

Director/writer Don Edmonds, known primarily for the two official Ilsa movies, here was in a state of grace and he should be more known for Bare Knuckles than he currently is. Although there are some people in the know. Not surprisingly, Quentin Tarantino is a huge fan and has memorized verbatim dialogue from various Edmonds movies.

For a fun ride through the 1970's with a film with its heart in exactly the right place, we strongly recommend Bare Knuckles.

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