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Blastfighter (1984)

Unrated | | Action, Crime, Drama | 15 November 1985 (USA)
A former policeman sets out to unleash violent vengeance upon deer poachers when they rape and kill his long lost daughter.

Director:

Lamberto Bava (as John Old Jr.)

Writers:

Luca De Rita (as Luca von Ryt), Massimo De Rita (as Max von Ryt) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview:
Michael Sopkiw ... Jake 'Tiger' Sharp
Valentina Forte ... Connie (as Valerie Blake)
George Eastman ... Tom
Stefano Mingardo ... Wally (as Mike Miller)
Ottaviano Dell'Acqua ... Matt (as Richard Raymond)
Massimo Vanni ... Dying Police Officer (as Patrick O'Neil jr.)
Elizabeth Forbes Elizabeth Forbes
Carl Savage Carl Savage
Michele Soavi ... Pete (as Michael Saroyan)
George Williams George Williams ... Cochran
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Storyline

The hero of the film is a murderer. He is an ex cop who served eight years in prison for the murder of his wife's murderer. Upon release from prison, he decided to return to his hometown to escape from his past. En route to his ancestral home in Georgia, one of his friends gives him a gun that fires grenades, smoke bombs, steel balls, rockets, and several other types of projectiles. One day, while just looking through the scope of his gun for no apparent reason, he happens to spot a large buck. He follows the deer with the scope and is surprised when he witnesses a group of local boys poach the deer. The hero puts the gun under the floorboards of the porch, where it remains until very near the end of the movie. Upon investigating the poaching, he uncovers a horrifying poaching ring run by a man from Hong Kong who is paying the locals a couple of thousand dollars per deer and using bits of the animals for Oriental medicines. Our hero decides to clean up the ring. However, he runs into ... Written by <jeff@bora.dacom.co.kr>

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The Force Of Vengeance

Genres:

Action | Crime | Drama | Mystery

Certificate:

Unrated | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Originally written as a remake of the Australian film Mad Max (1979). See more »

Goofs

When Tiger's car is descending the mountain road, the tires squeal as he rounds the corners. However, tires don't squeal like that on dirt roads, and his brake lines have been cut, so the tires shouldn't be squealing at all because he can't be braking. See more »

Quotes

Jake 'Tiger' Sharp: Where are your balls, Connie?
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Crazy Credits

Footage contained in this film which depicts animals suffering was archive documentary footage and was not instigated by the production company. See more »

Alternate Versions

Italian DVD release (which is full uncut but with Italian audio and subtitles ONLY!) has quite a few more intense and violent scenes than the Finnish videotape (English audio) that possibly are not censorship cuts but version differences. The rape scene and the beating of the cop in the woods is more intense. Also the "exploding arm" - and "the throatcut" - scenes are not present in the Finnish videotape. There's also some differences in some of the dialogue scenes, like the ending - in the Italian print Eastman and Sopkiw don't say anything to each other while in the english language print they change a few words. See more »

Connections

Featured in Blood Mountain (2017) See more »

Soundtracks

Evening Star
Written by Barry Gibb, Robin Gibb, and Maurice Gibb
Performed by Tommie Baby
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Give them rednecks hell!!!
10 June 2006 | by HaemovoreRexSee all my reviews

The always fun to watch Michael Sopkiw stars in this highly enjoyable action yarn. In it he plays an ex police officer who having just been released from an eight year prison sentence, now seeks the solitude of the great outdoors. However, with a film title such as Blastfighter, you can bet your bum that solitude is a luxury that our hero won't be attaining.

Sure enough he finds himself in a heated dispute with some local rednecks who repeatedly antagonise him after he attempts to interfere with their cruel deer poaching activities. This initial antagonising eventually escalates to attempted murder and later on, the actual murder of one of our hero's friends plus our hero's estranged daughter's boyfriend (whoa, that was quite a mouthful!)

Matters reach a dramatic peek when the daughter herself is also killed thus finally sending our hero over the edge..... It is at this point that in true Rambo style he takes drastic action and basically kills every one of the scumbags! To aid him with this joyous task our man utilises a rather nifty shotgun that fires multiple projectiles such as explosives, smoke grenades, darts etc. (COOL!!!)

The climax of the picture has our hero up against the legendary George Eastman who plays the BIG brother of the head redneck.

What can I say, this is a really satisfying movie with some stunning location shooting and in addition, plenty of shooting of the ammunition kind!

Sopkiw gives probably his best performance and makes for a very sympathetic hero. It's such a shame that he retired as an actor after only four films.

If there is one criticism I would level at the film however, then it is that although the special weapon our hero carries is supposedly the main draw of this film (as regards the advertising at least) it is only actually used proper in the final 15 or so minutes of the running time. In addition, despite a fair number of cool explosions, these final scenes are not handled as spectacularly as perhaps one might have hoped for (although the scene where our hero blows off a mans arm at point blank range is pretty awesome!)

Still, as a whole, as I previously said, this is solidly entertaining stuff and I wholeheartedly recommend it to all serious action fans.

....Now where can I get one of those guns from?


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Language:

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Release Date:

15 November 1985 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Mono

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Color

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1.85 : 1
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