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.
In 1972 it was the jungles of Vietnam. Now, in 1985, it's the streets of America. Different places, same job.
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Did You Know?
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
Although during the movie there are shootouts, we never see bullet holes, most notably in the red panel van. See more
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