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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 ... 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, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$154,469
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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 The Man with the Golden Gun (1974) See more »

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Foxy
(uncredited)
Music by Bunny J. Browne (pseudonym of Johnny Hawksworth)
De Wolfe Music Ltd
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Slayground gets my positive vote!!
31 January 2011 | by ianSee all my reviews

I am one of the few,proud and lucky folks that was able to see this great film on opening weekend.Sadly that theater in Cedar Knolls,NJ is no longer standing.This is a film that I read both negative and positive comments on but mine are all of a complimenting nature.First off,the cast is perfect and I would not have made any changes.peter Coyote was a very sympathetic character as Stone.One problem this film had to overcome is people most likely thought this was going to be a horror movie rather than a most interesting crime thriller and my favorite in this genre.I also was thrilled to see familiar locations from when my father,brother and I used to travel Route 9W through West Haverstraw on the way to New Jersey.A few of these places are the Hi-Tor bowling alley,Shop with the Bix Furniture Stripping and some various highway locales.I only wish that I knew where more of the scenes were filmed and would be able to stand where scenes were filmed.To me this is the holy grail film and never get tired of watching it.Sadly,this seldom is on cable or regular TV,only indie channels may show it from time to time.If you are a fan of crime drama/thrillers,do yourself a favor and give this one a chance and see what you think.They are fairly inexpensive on DVD on merchant websites.In closing,I wish every one who had anything to do with this film the very best of wishes and thank you for giving the world such a superb film.


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