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Night of the Juggler (1980)

A tough, New York City ex-cop relentlessly searches for his kidnapped teenage daughter whom is held by a twisted psycho after mistaking her for the daughter of a wealthy businessman.

Directors:

Robert Butler, Sidney J. Furie (uncredited)

Writers:

William P. McGivern (from the novel by), William W. Norton (screenplay by) (as Bill Norton Sr.) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
James Brolin ... Sean Boyd
Cliff Gorman ... Gus Soltic
Richard S. Castellano ... Lt. Tonelli (as Richard Castellano)
Linda Miller ... Barbara Boyd (as Linda G. Miller)
Barton Heyman ... Preacher
Sully Boyar ... Larry the Dog Catcher
Julie Carmen ... Maria
Abby Bluestone ... Kathy Boyd
Dan Hedaya ... Sgt. Otis Barnes
Mandy Patinkin ... Allesandro the Cabbie
Marco St. John ... Hampton Richmond Clayton III
Frank Adu Frank Adu ... Wino
Nancy Andrews Nancy Andrews ... Mrs. Logan
Rick Anthony Rick Anthony ... M.C.
Tony Azito Tony Azito ... Peep Show Cashier
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Storyline

A tough cop goes on a citywide rampage when his daughter is mistakenly kidnapped by a psycho. The psycho had originally targeted someone else's daughter, but is just as prepared to kill anybody unless his colossal ransom demands are met. Written by Jonathon Dabell <BC602070@pixie.ntu.ac.uk>

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James Brolin is a hard hitting ex-cop in a determined search for his kidnapped daughter! See more »


Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 June 1980 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Fort Bronx See more »

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GCC See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The peep show parlor was a set constructed by production designer Stuart Wurtzel in an old Kodak Photography warehouse and was based on a real life peep show parlor called "Peepland". See more »

Quotes

Gus Soltic: I'm gonna keep her!
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Gus Soltic: I'm gonna keep her... I'm gonna keep her.
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Referenced in Shhhh (2014) See more »

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Awesome B-movie Action!!! Find It If You Can!
4 October 2009 | by nickmarino72@mail.comSee all my reviews

This movie has it all if you love raw b-movie action. Brolin plays an ex-cop turned trucker who's on a personal manhunt to catch the maniac that kidnapped his daughter on her birthday. This sets Brolin's character on a chase across NYC from the subways to strip clubs to dog pounds and beyond.

This movie was a legend back in the day for my friends and I. We caught it on late night cable, but never managed to grab the full name of the film or the stars. What we did catch was the INCREDIBLE chase scene that takes the characters from cars to buses to trains to on foot as they crisscross Manhattan. Yeah, Bullitt and The French Connection are good and all, but the Night of the Juggler chase scene makes the action in those films seem average, if not unambitious.

This movie is sort of like the pinnacle of 70s/80s street-style film making. It has the intense, raw camera work of Bruce Lee or Chuck Norris flicks, paired with a vision of New York City akin to Wild Style (and maybe even just a hint of the Warriors). The characters here are a bizarre amalgam of clichés that still excite despite being retreads in many ways.

The bottom line - score this movie if you can! Far as I know, VHS was the final destination for this film in terms of home video. I bought my copy off of the Internet years ago and the tape was so old that it was broken. But I was determined to watch this flick (because it's so good!), so I cracked the case opened and and spent hours repairing the tape myself. It's just that awesome.


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