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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.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Stone
... Terry Abbatt
... Madge
Philip Sayer ... Costello
Bill Luhrs ... Joe Sheer
... Joni
... Orxel
... Lonzini
... Laufman
Michael Ryan ... Danard
Barrett Mulligan ... Lucy
... Jolene
... Grete
Rosemary Martin ... Dr. King
... Venner
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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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Crime | Drama

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February 1984 (USA)  »

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Alugado para Matar  »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$108,128, 29 January 1984, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$154,469
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Kelli Maroney's film debut. See more »

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Terry Abbatt: You're fucking crazy, do you know that? Do you? You've lived half your life and where are you? 5,000 miles from home, in a bankrupt seaside town, on a snide passport, talking shit to a dead man. And what have you got? What have you got? You haven't got a pot to piss in. No money, your wife in hiding in some shithole in Mexico, half crippled by some fucking maniac. All that bollocks you were giving me about you and Joanie.
Parker: I meant it.
Terry Abbatt: Aw! Fuck you did!
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References Point Blank (1967) See more »

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Smokey Mountain Waltz
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Music by Georges Van Parys
Berry Music Library Ltd
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27 March 1999 | by See 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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