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Tag: The Assassination Game (1982)

College assassination game turns deadly as someone starts playing for real.

Director:

Nick Castle

Writer:

Nick Castle
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Carradine ... Alex Marsh
Linda Hamilton ... Susan Swayze
Kristine DeBell ... Nancy McCauley
Perry Lang ... Frank English
John Mengatti ... Randy Simonetti
Michael Winslow ... Gowdy
Frazer Smith Frazer Smith ... Nick Carpenter
Bruce Abbott ... Loren Gersh
Xander Berkeley ... Connally
Ivan Bonar Ivan Bonar ... Patterson
Scott Dunlop ... Wallace
Jim Greenleaf Jim Greenleaf ... Swanson
Charlene Nelson ... Charlene
Steven Peterman ... Schooster
Jack Baker ... Gowdy's Aide (as John Anthony Bailey)
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Storyline

Susan participates in The Assassination Game, in which every player tries to shoot another with a toy dart gun, until only one remains. Pretending to do research for his newspaper, college student Alex Marsh teams up with the attractive Susan Swayze. While doing his best to win her over, and helping her finding her targets, Alex discovers that this year the Game may be more serious than most contenders realize... Written by Peter Zweers <peterz@pi.net>

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Action | Thriller

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 April 1982 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Everybody Gets It in the End See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Production Co:

Limelight Productions See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The TAG game is modeled after Killer by Steve Jackson Games. Killer refers to the scenario used as the Circle of death. one of the rules specified in Killer is that the game can be limited to certain hours of the day. TAG is played from an unspecified time in the morning until midnight. The schedule on the TAG Victim Profile begins at 8Am so 8AM presumably would be the latest the game would start and run to midnight. See more »

Goofs

In the second scene Susan ducks as Schooster and Charlie shoot at her thus they shoot and kill one another. Yet on Carpenter's progress chart "S. Swayse" (note the misspelling with an S in place of the Z) is credited with J. Schooster's kill. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Connally's Assassin: Hello, Connally.
Connally: No. No.
[Conallly is shot in the head]
Connally: Shit.
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References To Have and Have Not (1944) See more »

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Those Goofy College Kids and their Silly Games!
19 January 2008 | by CoventrySee all my reviews

The execution of "TAG: The Assassination Game" may be primarily comical and light-headed, the concept is extremely ingenious and would easily lean itself for a harsh and disturbing thriller. It's actually quite regrettable that writer/director Nick Castle (an acolyte of John Carpenter, which is made clear through many details throughout the film) opted for the more comical and all-revealing approach, as you can't help thinking this premise held a lot more potential. "TAG" is the name of a game organized on campus grounds and it's a gigantic hype in universities all across the USA. The participating students dispose of toy guns and receive the profile of another participant together with the assignment to "kill" them. Of course one of the players, who can't stand losing too well, takes the game a little serious and starts taking out his targets with genuine bullets. Most of the film, however, revolves on the game circuit of the lovely Linda Hamilton, as well as on her romance with the school newspaper journalist Robert Carradine), so it takes an awful long while before anyone ever realizes there's a crazed killer on the loose. "TAG" isn't exactly suspenseful, since the identity of the killer is never kept secret and – let's face it – someone going completely bonkers over losing a stupid college game isn't very convincing. There's also a severe lack in body count and the murders themselves aren't very spectacular. Still, it's a fun idea and the film has a few highly memorable moments and eccentric characters, like Carpenter (see the link?); the creep who keeps hold of the score. Linda Hamilton looks beautiful and very sexy in this one, although she smokes like a chimney unfortunately, and it's also the debut film of Bruce Abbott (Re-Animator).


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