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The Annihilators (1985)

Upon his return from Vietnam, an ex-soldier finds his neighborhood has deteriorated badly, and is being terrorized by a vicious street gang. He calls some of his GI buddies, and together they hatch a plan to get rid of the gang.

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Brian Russell
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jim Antonio ... Lt. Hawkins
Sid Conrad Sid Conrad ... Louie Nace
Gerrit Graham ... Ray Track
Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs ... Garrett Floyd
Paul Koslo ... Roy Boy Jagger
Dennis Redfield ... Joe Nace
Christopher Stone ... Bill
Andy Wood Andy Wood ... Woody
Bruce Evers Bruce Evers ... Jesse
Millie Fisher Millie Fisher ... Marie
Tom Harper ... Doc
Becky Harris Becky Harris ... Woman Shopper
Mimi Honce Mimi Honce ... Gertie
Hugh Jarrett Hugh Jarrett ... Arthur
John Lawhorn John Lawhorn ... Earl
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Upon his return from Vietnam, an ex-soldier finds his neighborhood has deteriorated badly, and is being terrorized by a vicious street gang. He calls some of his GI buddies, and together they hatch a plan to get rid of the gang. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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In 1972 it was the jungles of Vietnam. Now, in 1985, it's the streets of America. Different places, same job. See more »

Genres:

Action | Crime | Drama

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Trivia

The "Vietnam" Sequences were shot first, near Charlie Brown airport in Atlanta. During the scene in which our heroes are on patrol and fooling around setting off "booby traps", Gerrit Graham "Ray Track" was actually injured. His character trips a "melee monster" - a log with bamboo spikes. It is suspended by a rope and swings down the trail to impale the victim. Gerrit's character sees the trap, places a canteen on his head, trips the trap and the spiked log impales his canteen into a tree. This stunt worked in the "long shot" with the canteen on the stunt man's head. For the close up though, Gerryt stepped in, placed a plastic canteen on his head and they pulled the spiked log just out of frame then gave it a mighty shove. When it struck the PLASTIC canteen, instead of going through it, the spike bounced downward into Gerryt's forehead! It was... messy. He was sent off for micro surgery (to help prevent scarring) and a big re-write took place. He returned to the set in the final week of production to shoot his remaining (reduced) scenes. The unfortunate impalement was filmed close up, in full 35mm color but apparently that roll was "accidentally destroyed" and never printed. See more »

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Although during the movie there are shootouts, we never see bullet holes, most notably in the red panel van. See more »

Alternate Versions

In the UK, to achieve an 18 rating, two seconds of footage was removed. The cuts were required to remove an instance of sexualized violence (sight of a bare-breasted woman being stabbed). See more »

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Referenced in Best of the Worst: Our VHS Collection (2019) See more »

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Hilariously Inept Slice of Mid-'80's Tripe
5 November 1999 | by MilpoolSee all my reviews

The Annihilators has got to be one of the most inept films I have ever seen. Filled to the brim with everything a bad action flick could ask for, this "film" seems to have the worst of everything going for it. From the dull, mindless plot surrounding a couple of Vietnam vets who decide to take up arms against a street gang (really original) to the "film's" ending, which comprises something like ten minutes of shooting where nobody gets shot, this flick will have you laughing out loud. Of all the films in my collection, this one shall never leave. Pricelessly stupid!


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

January 1985 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Action Force See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Balcor Film Investors See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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