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Mickey Spillane (novel), Larry Cohen (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Armand Assante ... Mike Hammer
Barbara Carrera ... Dr. Charlotte Bennett
Laurene Landon ... Velda
Alan King ... Charles Kalecki
Geoffrey Lewis ... Joe Butler
Paul Sorvino ... Detective Pat Chambers
Judson Scott ... Charles Kendricks
Barry Snider Barry Snider ... Romero
Julia Barr Julia Barr ... Norma Childs
Jessica James Jessica James ... Hilda Kendricks
Frederic Downs Frederic Downs ... Jack Williams
Mary Margaret Amato ... Myrna Williams
F.J. O'Neil F.J. O'Neil ... Goodwin
William G. Schilling ... Lundee (as William Schilling)
Robert Sevra Robert Sevra ... Breslin
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Storyline

An old friend of a private detective is murdered. The detective, Mike Hammer, will make every effort to find out the killer. At each step he does, there is someone taking advantage of his progress. Written by Luis Carvacho <lcarvach@lascar.puc.cl>

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As you've never seen him before... Mickey Spillane's detective hero Mike Hammer, he's tough, he's unbreakable! See more »


Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 April 1982 (West Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Ich, der Richter See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA See more »

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Gross USA:

$1,515,578
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Movielab)| Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

After this film was released, Barbara Carrera said that it was her favorite role to date. See more »

Goofs

When Hammer is attempting to enter the compound, the guards refer to explosives rigged at the fence and along the driveway as "daisy cutters", which are 15000lb general-purpose bombs; they probably intended to say "claymores". See more »

Quotes

Mike Hammer: A little honey a day keeps the bourbon away.
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Alternate Versions

The UK cinema version was cut by the BBFC and the 1986 video was cut further (totalling 4 minutes in total) with edits to a scene of Kendricks tracing a knife across a woman's body, and heavy cuts to a scene at an orgy where he terrorizes and tortures 2 female twins with a razor. See more »

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Not bad, but it's not Mike Hammer
23 August 2003 | by BSchin2188See all my reviews

Everywhere I look, people say that this is the best Mike Hammer film to date, and I can't help but ask "why?" It just isn't very Mike Hammer. If perhaps it was just a ripoff of the pulp classic "I, the Jury" with Armand Assante, I would have enjoyed it. As a movie, it's pretty good considering it was pure 1980's action. But as Mike Hammer, it's weak.

The biggest differences between true Mike Hammer and this movie is Armand Assante's portrayal. He does a fine acting job, but Hammer is MEAN and always angry. In this, Assante is either manic depressive or smirking at the bad guys that he just beat. Mike Hammer gets into fist fights. Armand just pushes some people down stairs, doesn't throw punches. At least they got the ending right, although Armand Assante was still way too melancholy.

I can say several positive things about this movie. The scene when Assante does a full assault on the criminal's compound with an M-16 is well directed, a good solid action scene (no way connected with the book). Velda and Assante's love interests were both more interesting to watch than the rest of the movie.

In closing, I would like to say that Hollywood still has the chance to make a good, solid film based on Mike Hammer. Two tips: FOLLOW THE BOOK. Regardless of which book you use, follow it. Spillane wrote better than 90% of Hollywood anyways. And second, get someone who can be a mean and downright angry Mike Hammer, not depressed. I think Michael Madsen would fit the job well, he has the right look and the right voice.


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