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The Exterminator (1980)

A man's best friend is killed on the streets of New York City. The man (Robert Ginty) then transforms into a violent killer, turning New York City into a great war zone, and Christopher George is the only one to stop him.

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James Glickenhaus
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Christopher George ... Detective James Dalton
Samantha Eggar ... Dr. Megan Stewart
Robert Ginty ... John Eastland
Steve James ... Michael Jefferson
Tony DiBenedetto Tony DiBenedetto ... Chicken Pimp (as Toni Di Benedetto)
Dick Boccelli Dick Boccelli ... Gino Pontivini
Patrick Farrelly ... CIA Agent Shaw
Michele Harrell Michele Harrell ... Maria Jefferson
David Lipman ... The State Senator from New Jersey
Cindy Wilks Cindy Wilks ... Candy
Dennis Boutsikaris ... Frankie
Roger Grimsby Roger Grimsby ... Himself
Judy Licht Judy Licht ... Herself
Stan Getz ... Himself
George Cheung ... Vietcong Leader (as George Lee Cheung)
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Storyline

When John Eastland's best friend, Michael Jefferson, is mugged and left permanently crippled, he decides to do something about it. Jefferson had saved Eastland's life in Vietnam and now it's time for Eastland to get revenge for his friend. Using his old Army gear he sets out on a crusade to clean up the streets of New York using the name "The Exterminator." Written by David Bongo <ajgs09b@prodigy.com>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

He's not only smarter than the police-He's doing their job...He's the Exterminator See more »


Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 September 1980 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Exterminator See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Interstar See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(director's cut) | (original uncut)

Sound Mix:

Stereo (Dolby Stereo)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

A movie novelization by Peter McCurtin, who wrote two prose vigilante series titled respectively "The Marksman" and "The Assasin" in the 1970s, was published for this film. See more »

Goofs

While approaching his apartment, Eastland signals to turn left when he notices the police car outside his building. He can not turn left because the street he is trying to turn into is a one-way street going the other direction, as shown by the sign on the corner which is clearly visible during several of shots. See more »

Quotes

CIA Agent Shaw: This "Exterminator" is the most dangerous serial killer in the United States and he is in New York City! Now what do you think about all this?
Detective James Dalton: I think you need to take a shit. It's coming out of your mouth instead of your asshole.
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Crazy Credits

"The producer" is credited as burping ghoul See more »

Alternate Versions

Finnish VHS version is cut over 10 minutes, it's missing:
  • The infamous decapitation (later on the film, an ultra-fast glimpse of this scene is shown uncut in a flashback). 2. A Nam-soldier walking from the bleeding torso body wiping his machete. 3. A Nam soldier trying to remove a wire from his bleeding throat. 4. Michael shooting a Nam soldier. 5. A Nam soldier fusing in flames. 6. A Nam soldier running to water in flames. 7. Ginty shooting the Nam-leader who is in the water (later on the film, this same shot is shown in an even more graphic angle in a flashback, completely uncut!). 8. The "Ghetto Ghouls" beating Michael (almost completely cut, all the actual beating deleted).
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Connections

Referenced in Kingsman: The Golden Circle (2017) See more »

Soundtracks

Theme for an American Hero
Written and Sung by Chip Taylor
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User Reviews

 
Grim, but a great movie.
23 October 2004 | by bannonanthonySee all my reviews

Yes, THE EXTERMINATOR is a nasty picture and there is hardly any humour, but that's not to say it's bad. It's actually quite enjoyable.

Robert Ginty is good as the titular vigilante and Christopher George is also good as the cop who is on the case (but seems to be more interested in shagging an attractive doctor). All the bad guys who are the Exterminator's victims are all made as reprehensible as possible (a violent street gang, child molesters, gangsters). But I must say, the meat grinder bit was totally uncalled for.

Why do all the CIA guys talk with English accents, though? THE EXTERMINATOR may be grim, but it's worth a look. It's just a shame that the late Steve James, a great actor and martial artist, didn't have more to do.


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