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Assault in Paradise (1977)

The Ransom (original title)
PG | | Crime, Thriller | October 1977 (USA)
A Native American travels around a resort town, murdering cops and rich people with a high-powered crossbow, while demanding that the town's richest residents pay him money to stop the killings.


Richard Compton


John C. Broderick (screenplay), John C. Broderick (story) | 1 more credit »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Oliver Reed ... Nick McCormick
Deborah Raffin ... Cindy Simmons
James Mitchum ... Tracker (as Jim Mitchum)
Stuart Whitman ... William Whitaker
John Ireland ... Chief Haliburton
Paul Koslo ... Victor
Arch Archambault Arch Archambault ... Insp. Davey
Robert Lussier Robert Lussier ... Wolf
Dennis Redfield ... Jackson
Kipp Whitman Kipp Whitman ... Officer Steiner
Bill Allen ... Carson the Butler
Daniel Knapp Daniel Knapp ... T.J. Caulfield
Shatka Bearstep Shatka Bearstep ... Red Sky (as Shatka Bear-Step)
Richard Michael Alexander Richard Michael Alexander ... Larry Owens
Richard Ellman Kennedy Richard Ellman Kennedy ... Texan


In the town of Paradise, Arizona, shady land deals enrich a handful of select few. The town's mayor and sheriff are corrupt and aware of the land schemes. Incensed by this, native-American Victor plans to extort money from the rich as punishment for the land they stole. He starts by killing two local cops with his crossbow. He leaves a note claiming the rich must pay a ransom or die. He demands 1 million dollars to be delivered within 24 hours. The Chief of police, Haliburton, contacts local businessman William Whitaker and they decide to keep the whole thing confidential. They don't want the Press or the Feds involved since it could reveal the local land frauds. Instead, they hire private security investigator Nick McCormick, who advises them to pay out the ransom. The town boasts the largest number of millionaires in the country. Most of them agree with the plan to pay up the ransom and keep things under wraps. They are accused by the local media of being like a 'white-collar mafia'... Written by nufs68

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They called it paradise - but it was Hell on Earth! See more »


Crime | Thriller


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Did You Know?


A year later Oliver Reed would work with James Mitchum's dad Robert in The Big Sleep. See more »

Alternate Versions

The network television version included narration by Oliver Reed, as well as additional footage filmed to replace certain scenes. See more »


Featured in Miller Drake on 'Maniac!' (2016) See more »


Victor's Theme: 'Shoot Him'
Performed and Written by Roger McGuinn and Patrick Ferrell
Produced by Roger McGuinn and Patrick Ferrell
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Silly flick, but I just love Oliver Reed
10 May 2017 | by bobcobb-84371See all my reviews

This is a silly flick, but hell, I just love Oliver Reed. Here he's a badass called Nick, a mercenary whose main fighting skills are his steel glance and incredible poker face. These alone are worth your time. All the rest is bonus: Paul Koslo's unbelievable turn as the Native American assassin named Victor, the okay chase scene half way through (with a cowboy chasing Victor in a convertible, shooting him and yeehawing), Jim Mitchum's deadpan role as a tracker, a hip jazzy soundtrack, a Roger McQuinn song about maniac Victor, a couple of bloody killings by crossbow, one weirdo pre-credit sequence in which the killer shoots a couple of lovebirds Zodiac-style and one particularly effective sequence in which Victor stalks an arrogant millionaire played by Stuart Whitman in his mansion. Not a great flick by any means, but it's got a good pace and it's never boring. And hey, Oliver ff-ing Reed!

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October 1977 (USA) See more »

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Maniac! See more »

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Scottsdale, Arizona, USA See more »

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