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Silent Rage (1982)

A sheriff tries to stop the killing spree of a silent maniacal murderer who, as the result of secret genetic experimentation by an unethical scientist, has the ability to self-heal.

Director:

Michael Miller

Writer:

Joseph Fraley

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Chuck Norris ... Dan Stevens
Ron Silver ... Dr. Tom Halman
Steven Keats ... Dr. Philip Spires
Toni Kalem ... Alison Halman
William Finley ... Dr. Paul Vaughn
Brian Libby ... John Kirby
Stephen Furst ... Charlie
Stephanie Dunnam ... Nancy Halman
Joyce Ingle Joyce Ingle ... Mrs. Sims
Jay De Plano Jay De Plano ... Biker Leader (as Jay DePland)
Lillette Zoe Raley Lillette Zoe Raley ... Tatooed Biker Mama
Mike Johnson ... Biker at Cafe
Linda Tatum Linda Tatum ... Biker Mama at Bar
Kathleen Lee Kathleen Lee ... Biker Mama at Bar (as Kathy Lee)
Desmond Dhooge Desmond Dhooge ... Jimmy the Guard
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Storyline

Dan Stevens is the sheriff of a small Texas town who checks out a disturbance which turns to murder. The killer is still in the house and he tries to kill Dan, but Dan stops him and arrests him. The killer attempts to flee, but is shot and killed and is taken to a medical institute. Three doctors, led by Dr. Philip Spires, operate on the killer and using a formula the doctors made, they bring him back to life. If that's not bad enough, the formula also made the killer indestructible. Dr. Tom Halman tries to stop the killer, but he and his wife are killed. After the two remaining doctors are killed, the killer goes after Dr. Halman's sister Alison, and it's up to Sheriff Dan Stevens to stop him.

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Martial Arts Master Versus Superhuman Killing Machine! See more »


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Trivia

Chuck Norris' first ever movie role as a Texas law-enforcement officer (a sheriff, as opposed to his Texas Ranger character in Walker, Texas Ranger (1993). See more »

Goofs

Charlie skids the sheriff's truck around in a violent U-turn. During the turn, we see sheriff Dan holding down his cowboy hat, but in the next shot, it appears that the body double isn't wearing a hat at all. If you watch the scene in slow-motion/frame advance, you'll see that as the truck is making the U-turn, the double's cowboy hat flies off immediately as that shot starts. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Philip Spires: I did it John! I made history! We did! I'm the only one left who knows how we did it.
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Alternate Versions

Although the UK cinema version was uncut all UK video versions were cut by 41 secs by the BBFC to edit some scenes of violence. These included an axe blow to a man's head, the terrorizing and murder of Nancy Halman, and the discovery of the corpse of Dr Vaughn with a syringe in his neck. See more »

Connections

Remade as Indestructible (2009) See more »

Soundtracks

It's the Time for Love
Music and Lyrics by Morgan Stoddard
Performed by Katey Sagal (as Katie Sagal)
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Chuck faces the bogeyman.
24 July 2007 | by lost-in-limboSee all my reviews

A young, unstable man hacks to death the lady and man he lives with, and Texan Sheriff Dan Stevens comes face to face with the killer, to only see him gunned down by his men after he tries to escape when captured. At the hospital, he's pronounced dead, but secretly he's used in an experiment by some surgeons working on a formula to help the body genetically heal in quick succession. They thought they could control him and this development would bring them success, but now this homicidal murderer is an unstoppable killing machine and Sheriff Stevens and his rookie Deputy are on the trail.

Norris' fans might dig it, but others might find this cheap-jack b-film a boring chore. I thought it was fair. Anyhow who's the man, Chuck's the man. Not much of an actor though, but we know. He gets by with that golden blonde hair and legendary chop-suey who-ha…. And not forgetting that distinguishable fuzz above the lip. The premise is like an over-extended episode of "Walker, Texas Ranger" meets John Carpenter's "Halloween (1977)". Actually a lot scenes and filming techniques closely resemble "Halloween" and even its first sequel, but the main difference it's headed by Norrissssssss. The far-fetched concept isn't bad with slasher tones, a lady in peril get-up and a mad scientist theme, but it throws so much in that there seems to be too much useless filler (like the corny romance sequences, biker trouble (nice work in the bar Chuck, but we already know how good you are), scientific moral dilemmas and non-effective comic humour) interrupting what could've been more fun. Silly it is to begin with, but do we want to see Norris romancing, or kicking ass? These redundant acts only slowed it up and got in the way on the main story. What outweighs the film is the weakly lacking script with many clumsy dialogues. Norris even gets time to share some heart-warming advice. Director Michael Millar starts off pretty slowly, but in the second half demonstrates well-shot camera placement and steady pockets of poignant tension. The atmospheric synthesizer score seemed to work. Chuck gets his hands dirty with some gusty scuffles involving the super-human killing machine, like the modest, if unspectacular showdown with him using his jump-kicks (in slow-motion of course) and sudden close-ups to show that focuses on his face. Norris' chimes in with a stoic performance, but goes gusty when the action calls. Brian Libby's menacingly towering figure is effective. Ron Silver sticks out as the humane doctor, while William Finley goes all-smarmy as deceitfully mad doctor looking for that Nobel Prize award. Stephen Furst as the overweight, downright clueless deputy was there for the laughs, but where were they. Toni Kalem looks all-sweet as Norris old flame.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 April 1982 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Silent Rage See more »

Filming Locations:

Dallas, Texas, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$4,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,693,117, 4 April 1982

Gross USA:

$10,490,791

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$10,490,791
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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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