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The Gladiator (1986)

A road warrior vigilante avenges his brother's death at the hands of a crazy motorist by using his souped-up pickup to apprehend drunken drivers and others who abuse their driving privileges.

Director:

Abel Ferrara

Writers:

William Bleich (television story and teleplay), Tom Schulman (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ken Wahl ... Rick Benton
Nancy Allen ... Susan Neville
Robert Culp ... Lieutenant Frank Mason
Stan Shaw ... Joe Barker
Rosemary Forsyth ... Loretta Simpson
Bart Braverman ... Dan
Brian Robbins ... Jeff Benton
Rick Dees ... Garth Masters
Michael Young ... Reporter
Harry Beer Harry Beer ... Franklin
Garry Goodrow Garry Goodrow ... Cadillac Drunk
Robert Phalen Robert Phalen ... Dr. Maxwell
Linda Thorson ... Woman in Class
Mary Baldwin Mary Baldwin ... Mary
Thom Bierdz ... Kid
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Storyline

A homicidal maniac is on the loose, killing motorists at random in his "death car" - after losing his brother to the twisted assassin "Skull", Rick Benton becomes a vigilante, and takes it upon himself to hunt down the reckless drivers that fill the streets at night. Being a master mechanic, Rick spends his time converting his pickup truck into an armed and dangerous vehicle - with speed to take on the fastest car, and strength to make sure in a one-on-one situation, he will be the only survivor. The cops soon find out about the vigilante known only as the "Gladiator" and do all they can to catch him before his citizen's arrests go one step too far - but will they find the Gladiator before the Gladiator finds Skull? When the two finally meet, it's a duel to the death and maybe an end to Rick's career as the vigilante. Written by T Battye

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Action | Drama | Thriller

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 February 1986 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Gladiator See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

During the restoration, John Schneider donated the engine from his General Lee. It was the last General made for the "Dukes of Hazzard" reunion movie. See more »

Goofs

(at around 41 mins) Rick is driving through and there is a flashing red light for the crosswalk. He's looking for bad drivers but he runs straight through the crosswalk while a person is walking in front of him. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Phil: [finishes a pint of beer] Nick - one more. Come on Nick, just one more?
Nick: You've had enough Phil, it's time to go home.
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the things this movie makes you wanna do to trucks.
12 August 1999 | by The RevSee all my reviews

I was in sixth grade when i first saw this movie, it had everything i was looking for in an "automobile chase" movie, at that time that was what i was into, roadwarrior etc.....

It had the drunk on revenge main character....who soups up his truck to take down drunk drivers after his brother gets hurt by one. And not to mention the standoff automobile fight scene in the end that would make vaughn from crash, pass out in ecstasy.

did i mention that i loved able ferra movies before i even knew who he was?!

If you ever get a chance to see this vehicle vigilance movie. then do so. Other wise you will miss his really cool harpoon gun.


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