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Self Defense (1983)

During a police strike in Nova Scotia's capital city, a gang of hoodlums end up unintentionally causing the owner of a gay bar to be killed. This escalates into a string of murders with a lone survivor trying to not be next.


Paul Donovan (screenplay)




Cast overview, first billed only:
Tom Nardini ... Horatio
Brenda Bazinet ... Barbara
Daryl Haney Daryl Haney ... Chester (as Darel Haeny)
Terry-David Després Terry-David Després ... Daniel (as Terry-David Despres)
Jack Blum ... Patrick
Keith Knight ... Steve
Doug Lennox ... Cabe
Jeff Pustil Jeff Pustil ... Goose
Fred Wadden Fred Wadden ... Ian
Gary Dempster Gary Dempster ... Lloyd
Dennis O'Connor ... Clark
Richard Collins Richard Collins ... Rosie (as Rick Collins)
Dug Rotstein Dug Rotstein ... Bartender
Ted Germaine Ted Germaine ... Andre
Barbara Jones Barbara Jones ... Clubmember


A bunch of selfrighteous bullies want to set som "new rules" in town while the police in Halifax (Nova Scotia, Canada) are on strike. They try to scare all the gays and lesbians in a bar, but by accident the owner of the establishment is killed, and the leader of the bullies then decides to execute all witnesses. One guy, though, escapes and takes refuge in an isolated block of flats. The young tenants in the house refuse to hand over the survivor, and the bullies then decide to get rid of all the residents in the house. This turns out to be not so easy, because the young people in the house barricade their apartments, set up traps and arm themselves in order to fight back, and this inevitably leads to more bloodshed and killings. Written by Ole Ryhl Olsson <oleryhlolsson@forum.dk>

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De tog loven i egen hånd! Øje for øje, tand for tand... Årets Action-Hit i Frankrig og Canada...[Denmark] See more »


Crime | Drama | Thriller


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It contains the only existing news footage of the actual 1981 Halifax Police strike. See more »


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Great underrated thriller.
12 June 2001 | by kampenhansSee all my reviews

This is a Canadian movie originally called "Siege", very much in the tradition of John Carpenter's "Assault on Precinct 13." The story is about a police strike in Halifax, Nova Scotia, which paves the way for violence to break loose in the city . When a gay bar is attacked by a group of thugs, one gets away and escapes to an intstitute for disabled young people. This house then comes under the siege of the gang and they must use all their imagination to survive this night. The movie is obviously low budget, but as so often happens, that's just good for the creativity and tone of the film. In Europe, the movie was retitled "Night Warriors", and made it look like this was another Mad Max/Escape From New York clone. But it's just a clever little thriller.

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Release Date:

April 1985 (USA) See more »

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Siege See more »

Filming Locations:

Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada


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CAD300,000 (estimated)
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