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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)


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Tom Nardini 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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Crime | Drama | Thriller


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Release Date:

April 1985 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Siege See more »

Filming Locations:

Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada


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CAD 300,000 (estimated)
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It contains the only existing news footage of the actual 1981 Halifax Police strike. See more »


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Overlooked classic grindhouse thriller
3 February 2016 | by tenebrae70See all my reviews

I first rented this out under the title Siege back in the 80s. This film needs an official release desperately. Cannot believe that it hasn't been done already. Siege motors along at a fast pace, no lulls, just scene upon scene of intense cat n mouse between a gang of murderous thugs n a group of people (in what looks like the most rundown n scuzziest building ever) who take in a survivor from the gangs previous assault. Shade of Carpenter's Assault on Precinct 13 n a cheeky wink towards Escape From New York, the gang take on more than they bargain for when the ever resourceful victims strike back. Solid acting all round n a sucker punch of a twist at the end. This is a must see..! Classic grindhouse..!

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