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The Exterminator (1980)

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

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Detective James Dalton
... Dr. Megan Stewart
... John Eastland
... Michael Jefferson
Tony DiBenedetto ... Chicken Pimp (as Toni Di Benedetto)
Dick Boccelli ... Gino Pontivini
... CIA Agent Shaw
Michele Harrell ... Maria Jefferson
... The State Senator from New Jersey
Cindy Wilks ... Candy
... Frankie
Roger Grimsby ... Himself
Judy Licht ... Herself
... Himself
... 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>

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THE EXTERMINATOR ... the man they pushed too far. See more »


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19 September 1980 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

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$2,000,000 (estimated)
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(director's cut) | (original uncut)

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Even though the film's end credits 'filmed in Vietnam'; the opening Vietnam scene was actually filmed at Indian dunes national park in California. See more »

Goofs

At the very beginning, when Eastland's friend saves him from an imminent beheading, they fire on an enemy soldier standing at the water's edge. The man is blown backwards not by the impact of the bullet but from a clearly seen rigged see saw that throws him into the air. 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 »

Connections

Referenced in The Killing of America (1981) See more »

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Heal It
Written by Byron Hill and Mike Reid
Produced by Byron Hill
Sung by Roger Bowling
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Entertaining little vigilante action flick
13 November 2004 | by See all my reviews

This film starts out with a bang... literally. We see a huge explosion. Then one more. And another one. And yet another one... and this goes on for a while; I don't know exactly how many explosions there are, just in the first two minutes, but the movie wastes no time, that's for sure. Then there are a few sequences of Vietnam, and soon thereafter, the real plot begins. As it did, I couldn't help but wonder: how many action films have an Vietnam vet(short for veteran... obviously, as I doubt that there were many animals, and thereby veterinarians, in the Vietnam war) as the hero, especially in the time right after the war ended. This is exceptionally violent, and the violence is almost disgustingly gratuitous. However, it's mostly also so over-the-top that it almost winds up having a comical effect. Regardless, no one who thinks they might be freaked out by the violence should see it. The plot is decent. A Vietnam vet snaps and starts killing a bunch of criminals systematically after his friend is attacked. He kills a very large amount of various criminals, half of them not having anything to do with his friend at all. I enjoyed the vigilante theme, and found it far more interesting than the usual Hollywood pretty-boy out to save the world from a terrorist from some country the American director can barely even pronounce. The acting is ridiculously bad. Only one actor, the one portraying the main character, can be said to give a decent performance... and even that's a stretch. The humor is decent. The action is pretty good, but the daft filming and editing manages to make several of the sequences seem dull. The cinematography and editing is unimaginative. The dialog is the typical 80's one-liner crap half of the time, and the rest of the dialog is either filler or something hinting at a point or a moral that never seems to appear. Overall, a decent 80's action exploitation flick. I recommend it to fans of 80's action films, but be warned that's it very violent. 5/10


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