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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 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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In the heart of every victim is a hero and he'll tear apart a city to prove it. . . . 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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Production Co:

GCC See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The 14th August 1978 edition of 'The Los Angeles Times' announced that the hiatus in the production of this picture would result in filming starting up again on 16th August 1978 with 'Robert Butler' replacing Sidney J. Furie as director. See more »

Quotes

[repeated line]
Kathy Boyd: Daddy!
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References Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia (1974) See more »

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"I swear your underwear is too tight or something."
3 July 2011 | by lost-in-limboSee all my reviews

My word what a ride! Bizarre and spiteful, but dynamically boundless. Now that they don't make urban action thrillers like this any more. They just wouldn't dare. But boy do I miss them. "Night of the Juggler" is a jaunty, outrageous and politically incorrect very late 70s chase thriller filled with a lot running, chaotic driving (stealing police cars), chewy dialogues and ballsy beat-ups. It's a relentlessly raw and intense barrage, as our protagonist violently bounces from here to there encountering cops, corrupt cops, an ex-wife, pimps, prostitutes, bouncers and street gangs along the authentically seedy strips of New York in his quest to find his kidnapped daughter. In what was a bungled napping attempt of mistaken identity… although the kidnapper still believes he has the right girl; that of a wealthy real-estate owner. Now just wait until James Brolin's ruggedly scruffy ex-cop character gets his hands on the madcap kidnapper. There'll be hell to pay! Everyone he comes across that stands in his way have felt it. The pulpy plot might be "heavily" contrived, unpleasant and fairly ridiculous, as it goes beyond and pushes reality many times. However this one-man riot machine provides on-going gritty, seedy and unapologetic excitement. No one is safe from this one man's devotion. "I've got to find my little girl." A chiselled Brolin is fitting in the central role, looking and acting the part. Cliff Gorman is particularly edgy as the scummy kidnapper. Then you have Richard S. Castellano bringing some solidity and Dan Hedaya is memorable as a psychotic cop. Director Robert Butler provides great location staging for its action and keeps a frenetic pace keeping things rough and ready. It might not be high-art, but this grungy, slam-bang action fodder is smashing entertainment.


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