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Death Force (1978)

An American Vietnam soldier on his way home is left for dead and is saved by a pair of Japanese stragglers from WWII, who train him in the way of the samurai.

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Cirio H. Santiago

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Howard R. Cohen (screenplay), Cirio H. Santiago (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
James Iglehart ... Doug Russell
Carmen Argenziano ... Morelli
Leon Isaac Kennedy ... McGee (as Leon Isaac)
Jayne Kennedy ... Maria Russell
Joe Mari Avellana ... (as Jose Mari Avellana)
Joonee Gamboa ... (as Joonie Gamboa)
Leo Martinez
Armando Federico Armando Federico ... Rico
Cathy Sabino Cathy Sabino
James Monroe Iglehart ... Jimmy Russell
Allen Arkus Allen Arkus
Tony Carreon Tony Carreon ... (as Tony Carrion)
Ernie Carvajal Ernie Carvajal
Vic Diaz
Ramon D'Salva Ramon D'Salva
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Storyline

After being left for dead, the man is rescued by two Japanese soldiers, living on a remote island, who teach him the ways of the samurai. Upon returning to the USA, he quickly exacts a bloody revenge on his tormentors and reunite with his wife and son.

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Beaten, Betrayed and Bustin' Loose! See more »

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Action | Crime | Drama | War

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Country:

Philippines | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 November 1978 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Force See more »

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Production Co:

Cosa Nueva See more »
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Runtime:

| (extended cut)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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The new DVD release by Vinegar Syndrome is the complete 110-minute director's cut, as opposed to the regular 96 minute version on various public domain releases. See more »

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A heaping helping of cheesy chop-phooey
15 May 2005 | by rabiddog67See all my reviews

Leon Isaac Kennedy is Doug Russell, an American who steals a shipment of gold in the Phillippines with two Vietnam War buddies, who cut his throat and throw him overboard. Russell washes ashore an island inhabited by two Japanese soldiers stranded there since World War II. They nurse him back to health and he is taught martial arts and the art of the samurai. Back in the States, his treacherous pals, Marelli and Maghee, use their loot and viciousness to muscle their way into Los Angels mafia turf. Maghee sets his sights on Russell's wife, Maria (Leon's real-life spouse at the time Jayne Kennedy), a lounge singer who can't get a gig because Maghee has her blackballed all over LA in his scheme to make her come crawling to him. Russell, samurai sword in hand, hitches a ride on a boat back to America and begins his search for his wife and son; he learns that Marelli and Maghee are the top men in town and he begins slaughtering their cohorts, working his way up the hoodlum food chain. Plenty of action and yucks, including a "touching" montage when Russell is reunited with his wife and son. FIGHTING MAD, not to be confused with the Peter Fonda revenge flick of the same name, is entertaining in a MYSTERY SCIENCE THEATER 3000 kind of way.


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