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Equalizer 2000 (1987)

A ruthless vehicular gang rules the post-apocalyptic wasteland. That's until a muscled hero named Slade builds the ultimate machine gun - Equalizer 2000, and declares a one man war on the gang's "piece of garbage" leader.


Cirio H. Santiago


Joe Mari Avellana (story), Frederick Bailey (screenplay) | 1 more credit »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Richard Norton ... Slade
Corinne Wahl Corinne Wahl ... Karen
Robert Patrick ... Deke
William Steis William Steis ... Lawton
Frederick Bailey Frederick Bailey ... Hayward
Rex Cutter Rex Cutter ... Dixon
Warren McLean Warren McLean ... Fletcher
Peter Shilton Peter Shilton ... MacLaine
Don Gordon Bell ... Gossage (as Don Gordon)
Ramon D'Salva Ramon D'Salva ... Firewall
Vic Diaz ... Bone
Bobby Greenwood Bobby Greenwood ... Denah (as Bobbie Greenwood)
Henry Strzalkowski Henry Strzalkowski ... Alamo
Bill Kipp Bill Kipp ... Tailfin
Steve Cook Steve Cook ... Skidplate


In a bleak, postnuclear future world, warring factions struggle to claim the Equalizer 2000, the one weapon powerful enough to guarantee survival. Written by Concorde - New Horizons (with permission).

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A warrior without equal. A weapon without limits. See more »


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USA | Philippines



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4 January 1988 (Portugal) See more »

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Apocalypse Warriors See more »

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The film is also known as "Defender 2000". See more »


The guy about to be roasted with the flamethrower is wearing a tee shirt as he runs away, but when they cut back after he's lit up he's wearing a leather jacket. See more »

Alternate Versions

US R-Rated version published by MGM/UA on VHS is about 10 minutes cut in a few shorter scenes of violence (two "living torch effects"; Corinne Wahl getting shot during the showdown for example), some action scenes and a good deal of story lines. German VHS version rated 18 is cut as well, but only about 3 1/2 minutes (for violence). British VHS version distributed by New Dimension, rated 18, is completely uncut (so you could consider it an "Unrated" version). See more »

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It's garbage, but at least it's FUN garbage.
17 February 2017 | by Hey_SwedenSee all my reviews

B movie perennial Richard Norton ("Force: Five") stars as a hero named Slade in this little epic, just one of many grungy post-apocalypse features to pattern itself after "Mad Max" and "The Road Warrior". Slade is out to get revenge on a military unit dubbed "The Ownership", who are just greedy enough to want control of all resources. They meet resistance from Slade and other rebels, "mountain people", and a sexy as Hell warrior woman named Karen (Penthouse hottie Corinne Wahl). But Slade has an ace up his sleeve: the sleek and massive weapon of the title, which ensures its owners' survival.

Fans of derivative future set schlock won't mind that the story (written by co-star Frederick Bailey, who plays Hayward) is practically non existent. It's all about non-stop (and I do mean non-stop) gunfire, explosions, and setting people on fire. (This is the kind of movie where nobody ever seems to run out of ammo.) While it's hard to give much of a damn about any character here, the actors do what they can with limited material. Norton is fortunately one very badass hero; he can shoot at the bad guys while perched on the hood of a car, and not lose his balance. Wahl isn't much of an actress, but it's doubtful that many people will care when she looks so fine. William Steis (as Lawton) and Peter Shilton (as MacLaine) are adequate villains. Any fan of Filipino exploitation cinema will be happy to see Vic Diaz here, as he portrays one of those "mountain people". But the most fun is in seeing future star Robert Patrick, in his second feature film appearance, as a mangy weasel named Deke.

Passable direction by Cirio H. Santiago and amusing electronic music by Ding Achacoso help to make this an okay diversion.

Five out of 10.

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