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Bloody Wednesday (1987)

Not Rated | | Thriller, Horror | October 1987 (USA)
Harry is unable to hold a job due to his mental illness and lives in an abandoned Hollywood hotel haunted by friendly ghosts of the long dead staff. The lines of his mental illness and reality become extremely blurred as some of his strangest events are indeed witnessed by others. As Harry becomes more frustrated by not being able to distinguish fact from delusion he turns to violence.

Director:

Mark G. Gilhuis

Writers:

Philip Yordan (story), Philip Yordan (screenplay)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Raymond Elmendorf Raymond Elmendorf ... Harry
Pamela Baker Pamela Baker ... Dr. Johnson
Navarre Perry Navarre Perry ... Ben Curtis
Teresa Mae Allen Teresa Mae Allen ... Elaine Curtis
Jeff O'Haco Jeff O'Haco ... Animal
Linda Dona ... Pretty Lady
Herb Kronsberg Herb Kronsberg ... Walter Burns
Murray Cruchley Murray Cruchley ... Lou Cramer (as Lee Murray)
John Landtroop John Landtroop ... Bellman
Richard Curtis Richard Curtis ... Pastor
Dale E. Turner ... Jake (as Dale Turner)
Jim Wilkerson Jim Wilkerson ... Mr. Grady
Larry Roberts Larry Roberts ... F.B.I.
Kevin Hulbert Kevin Hulbert ... F.B.I.
Victor Ochoa Victor Ochoa ... Vandal
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Harry is unable to hold a job due to his mental illness and lives in an abandoned Hollywood hotel haunted by friendly ghosts of the long dead staff. The lines of his mental illness and reality become extremely blurred as some of his strangest events are indeed witnessed by others. As Harry becomes more frustrated by not being able to distinguish fact from delusion he turns to violence. Written by Dollanganger

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You'll pray for Thursday! See more »

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Thriller | Horror

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Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

October 1987 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Great American Massacre See more »

Filming Locations:

San Diego, California, USA

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Based on the real life San Ysidro McDonald's Massaccre, on July 18, 1984. See more »

Alternate Versions

The 1986 UK video version was cut by 3 minutes 52 secs by the BBFC to edit scenes of violent machine gunning during the climax, all footage of metal pipes and instructional dialogue on how to avoid convictions when using them, and a shot of male urination during a Russian Roulette scene. The 2005 DVD featured the same cut print. See more »

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Not That Bad At All
31 January 2007 | by CMRKeyboadistSee all my reviews

Talk about a misunderstood film! Bloody Wednesday is a movie about one mans decline into utter madness and the reasons as to why he murdered 36 people in a coffee shop one night. Written for the screen by Academy Award Winner Philip Yordan, you would think this movie would get a better wrap.

The movie circles around a man named Harry, an auto mechanic who is going through a nasty little divorce. When Harry gets fired from his job he starts really losing his mind by walking into a church completely naked singing Halleluya. He is committed to a hospital for sometime. Whe he is released his brother gives him a place to stay, a secluded rundown hotel. It is here that Harry quickly starts losing his mind as he sees ghosts, his life is threatened by street toughs, his teddy bear starts talking to him, etc etc. This all leads up to the obvious disaster at the end.

I thought this was a most enjoyable film. Originally I put this movie on to just go to sleep to, but the movie kept my interest to the very end. What makes this movie so much fun is really seeing the reactions of the people around Harry as they see him slip into insanity. This movie is no masterpiece writing as most of it is rather humorous. The basic message of the movie was well thought out though. I don't know if this was based on a true story or not, but, if it was I wouldn't rely on this movie to tell an accurate story of what happened.

Overall, an enjoyable piece of trash. Definitely worth watching again. 6/10


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