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Raw Force (1982)

A group of martial arts students are en route to an island that supposedly is home to the ghosts of martial artists who have lost their honor. A Hitler lookalike and his gang are running a ... See full summary »

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Edward D. Murphy (as Edward Murphy)

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Edward D. Murphy (as Edward Murphy)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Cameron Mitchell ... Capt. Harry Dodds
Geoffrey Binney Geoffrey Binney ... Mike O'Malley (as Geoff Binney)
Hope Holiday ... Hazel Buck
Jillian Kesner ... Cookie Winchell (as Jillian Kessner)
John Dresden ... John Taylor
Jennifer Holmes Jennifer Holmes ... Ann Davis
Rey Malonzo ... Go Chin (as Rey King)
Carla Reynolds Carla Reynolds ... Eilleen Fox
Carl Anthony Carl Anthony ... Lloyd Davis
John Locke John Locke ... Gary Schwartz
Mark Tanous Mark Tanous ... Cooper
Ralph Lombardi ... Thomas Speer
Chanda Romero ... Mayloo
Camille Keaton ... Girl In Toilet
Lin Lin Li ... Gun Moll (as Maggie Lee)
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A group of martial arts students are en route to an island that supposedly is home to the ghosts of martial artists who have lost their honor. A Hitler lookalike and his gang are running a female slavery operation on the island as well. Soon, the two groups meet and all sorts of crazy things happen which include cannibal monks, piranhas, zombies, and more! Written by Josh Pasnak <chainsaw@intouch.bc.ca>

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Raw Force! Untamed and Unleashed to Kill! See more »


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R | See all certifications »

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Country:

Philippines | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 July 1982 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Shogun Island See more »

Filming Locations:

Philippines

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Production Co:

Ansor International See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

This movie opened in 150 theaters on the East Coast. See more »

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The driver backs the truck into a metal awning in front of the building, even going so far as to shake the awning, but in the next scene the truck is several feet away from it. See more »

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voice over the PA system: Those of you who wish to end up sitting on the toilet for the rest of the trip, with violent, projectile diarrhea, try the Hungarian food in our restaurant, courtesy of Michelle the Hungarian bitch.
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'To be Continued ...' appears at the end of the film. (but as of 2009, no sequel has ever materialized) See more »

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A glorious pile of garbage.
1 November 2014 | by Hey_SwedenSee all my reviews

A group of martial arts students decides that they will visit the Asian island home of martial artists who have lost their honour. Well, not only will they have a nefarious jade dealer & white slave trader to deal with, but the resident mad monks as well.

"Raw Force" is short on sense and long on nonsense. If one is not partial to the charms of the silly side of B cinema, then stay away! Otherwise, this is great fun that writer / director Edward Murphy is wise to play tongue in cheek. You have to hand it to him for including so many exploitable elements in this wild and crazy flick: cannibalism, zombies, karate, etc. The dialogue and performances are often quite ridiculous, and while the actors stop short of winking at the camera, Murphy does keep that tone alive.

The special effects are lousy, the zombies are a rather sad lot sporting less than stellar grey makeup, the T & A quotient is high (at one point, a hero and villain have a fight in a room where a naked woman is tied up), and the gore is plentiful.

Ubiquitous Cameron Mitchell has the leading role of intrepid pleasure ship captain Harry Dodds. Co-starring are his real-life girlfriend Hope Holiday as Hazel, Geoffrey Binney ("Hot Potato") as Mike, Jillian Kesner ("Firecracker") as Cookie, John Dresden ("Not of This Earth" '88) as John, and Filipino icon Vic Diaz, rarely to be seen without a smile on his face, as one of the monks. Exploitation fanatics will dig the appearances by Camille Keaton ("I Spit on Your Grave" '78) and Jewel Shepard ("The Return of the Living Dead"). Ralph Lombardi hams it up, egregious accent and all, as the Hitler lookalike villain.

We even get a couple stock shots from the New World production "Piranha" '78 before this is over. "Raw Force" is unmistakably gutter trash, but is done with enough humour and spirit to make it engaging entertainment.

Eight out of 10.


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