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Slayground (1983)

R | | Crime, Drama | February 1984 (USA)
Thieves run over a child while escaping after a robbery. A deadly hitman who likes to taunt his targets is hired to track them down. Stone moves to England, but the assassin follows. Loosely based on Donald Westlake's cult crime novel.

Director:

Terry Bedford

Writers:

Trevor Preston, Donald E. Westlake (novel) (as Richard Stark)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Peter Coyote ... Stone
Mel Smith ... Terry Abbatt
Billie Whitelaw ... Madge
Philip Sayer Philip Sayer ... Costello
Bill Luhrs Bill Luhrs ... Joe Sheer
Marie Masters Marie Masters ... Joni
Clarence Felder ... Orxel
Ned Eisenberg ... Lonzini
David Hayward ... Laufman
Michael Ryan Michael Ryan ... Danard
Barrett Mulligan Barrett Mulligan ... Lucy
Kelli Maroney ... Jolene
Margareta Arvidssen ... Grete
Rosemary Martin Rosemary Martin ... Dr. King
Malcolm Terris ... Venner
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Storyline

Thieves run over a child while escaping after a robbery. A deadly hitman who likes to taunt his targets is hired to track them down. Stone moves to England, but the assassin follows. Loosely based on Donald Westlake's cult crime novel.

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robbery | england | taunt | hitman | thief | See All (19) »

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Welcome To Your Funeral!

Genres:

Crime | Drama

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

February 1984 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Alugado para Matar See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$108,128, 29 January 1984

Gross USA:

$108,128

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$108,128
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)
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Trivia

Kelli Maroney's film debut. See more »

Quotes

Parker: This would be the last time, Terry.
Terry Abbatt: Oh Christ, how many times have I heard that? Every villain I've ever known. And how do they end up? Three in a cell in some Victorian Dungeon, or worse, lying dead in the gutter.
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Connections

References Point Blank (1967) See more »

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Foxy
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Music by Bunny J. Browne (pseudonym of Johnny Hawksworth)
De Wolfe Music Ltd
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Underrated
27 March 1999 | by Driver-5See all my reviews

Starting in New York and ending in Blackpool, SLAYGROUND is an unusual crime thriller which was quite a flop when first released (it was one of the few films Thorn EMI not only distributed but produced also) and was never seen by that many people. Based on one of the "Parker" novels written by Richard Stark (POINT BLANK and PAYBACK were also based on this series), SLAYGROUND stars Peter Coyote, British comedian Mel Smith (from Smith and Jones), in a rare dramatic role, and Billie Whitelaw. If you like tough crime thrillers, track it down.


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