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Deadly Force (1983)

Stoney Cooper, a former Los Angeles police officer, is at a low point in his life. Kicked off the force because of his anti-authority attitude, he now ekes out a living as a freelancer in ... See full summary »


Paul Aaron


Ken Barnett (screenplay), Ken Barnett (story) | 2 more credits »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Wings Hauser ... Stoney Cooper
Joyce Ingalls Joyce Ingalls ... Eddie Cooper
Paul Shenar ... Joshua Adams
Al Ruscio ... Sam Goodwin
Arlen Dean Snyder ... Ashley Maynard
Lincoln Kilpatrick ... Otto Hoxley
Bud Ekins ... Harvey Benton
J. Víctor López J. Víctor López ... Diego
Hector Elias ... Lopez
Ramón Franco ... Jesus
Gina Gallego ... Maria
Big Yank Big Yank ... Jefferson
Estelle Getty ... Gussie
Victoria Vanderkloot Victoria Vanderkloot ... Beverly
Richard Beauchamp Richard Beauchamp ... Tony the Bomber


Stoney Cooper, a former Los Angeles police officer, is at a low point in his life. Kicked off the force because of his anti-authority attitude, he now ekes out a living as a freelancer in New York. All this changes when the daughter of an old friend is killed by a serial killer terrorizing L.A. Although almost nobody in his old home town is happy to see him back, Cooper pledges to bring the killer to justice before any more innocent people die. Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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The Killer is too insane to be caught, this ex-cop is just mad enough to try! See more »


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The original title was Fierce Encounter. See more »


I Can't Fight It
Music by Lori Lieberman and Gary S. Scott (as Lieberman/Scott)
Lyrics by Janus Cercone (as Janis Cercone)
Performed by Lorraine Devon Wilke (as Lorraine Devon)
Produced by Gary S. Scott (as Gary Scott)
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Hauser battles deadliest of forces
25 November 2012 | by PeterMitchell-506-564364See all my reviews

Deadly Force is an action thriller, but with a twist that I like. I can't believe the bad rap this film has got. This film really has a story to it. At the request of a friend, who's daughter is the latest victim of the X killer, a motiveless madman, who leaves a X marked across the victim's foreheads, ex cop Hauser in top form, returns to his old battleground in L.A. He receives a not so welcoming reception, from some of his old acquaintances, including his ex, a successful news reporter, covering this story. It isn't long before Wings is pushing this guy's buttons, in one thrilling scene he's nearly taken out by this nut, while lazing in a bath. But there appears to be more deadlier forces at play here. We too are a granted a little hot sex scene that Hauser and his better half, starkers, makin' out, amidst the madness. Hauser's character here as a lot of his other characters, is intriguing as it is ambiguous. We want to know more about him. He's a wild card, a good cop thrown off the force before he wouldn't play by the rules. Him and his old black superior, Hoxley, clash many times. After all, next year is an election year. He really has it in for Hauser, even going to the point, of tipping one of his ex con enemies off, whose been promised a split of reward, if he catches this fruitcake. This film has enough action for the serial killer/cop thriller fan and Hauser's screen presence is one great reason to watch this. Remember he did start out on The Young And The Restless. The violence is surprisingly tame, but wit Hauser in the lead, and on the chase, it makes the whole movie worth it. Underrated. A compelling watch.

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15 July 1983 (USA) See more »

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$3,000,000 (estimated)
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