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Vendetta (1986)

A sexy stuntwoman gets herself thrown into prison to avenge the death of her sister.


Bruce Logan


Emil Farkas (story), Laura Cavestani (story) (as L.J. Cavestani) | 4 more credits »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Karen Chase Karen Chase ... Laurie Collins
Sandy Martin ... Kay Butler
Kin Shriner ... Steve Nelson
Roberta Collins ... Miss Dice
Michelle Newkirk Michelle Newkirk ... Bonnie Cusack
Marshall R. Teague ... Paul Donahue (as Marshall Teague)
Greg Bradford ... Joe-Bob
Mark von Zech Mark von Zech ... Randy
Pleasant Gehman Pleasant Gehman ... Screaming Sirens
Kerry O'Brian Kerry O'Brian ... Screaming Sirens
Rosie Flores Rosie Flores ... Screaming Sirens
Marsky Reins Marsky Reins ... Screaming Sirens
Diane Dixon Diane Dixon ... Screaming Sirens (as Boom Boom Dixon)
Holly Butler Holly Butler ... The Movie Star
Bruce Logan ... Director


Stuntwoman Laurie Collins invites her sister Bonnie to visit on location in a small town. Bonnie is accosted by a local boy whose father is influential in the community, and ends up in prison when she defends herself, victim of local political corruption. Laurie hears bad things about her sister's treatment in the hoosegow, and gets herself jailed in order to even the score with Kay the queen bee prisoner and her loyal followers. Written by Ed Sutton <esutton@mindspring.com>

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All she wants is justice. All it takes is murder.


Action | Drama


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September 1986 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Angels Behind Bars See more »

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Kay Butler: [to Laurie after the confrontation in the gym] Curtains to you, Bambi!
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The Wait
Lyrics by Tracette St. Julian, Miriam Cutler, Elliot Wolff
Music by Miriam Cutler, Elliot Wolff
Published by Misprint Music BMI, Wolff Music ASCAP, Chroma Communications Music BMI, Chroma III Music ASCAP
Performed by Shaun Duke (as Duke Moosekian)
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"Once you go brown, there's no turnin' around..."
2 March 2007 | by FalconeerSee all my reviews

"Vendetta" is a tough, stylish women in prison flick, with a good, solid story. Here we have a classic revenge tale. An innocent young girl named Bonnie is unfairly thrown into jail after she defends herself from a scumbag trying to rape her; she blows his head off, with the very gun that he was holding to her head. Talk about justice! Almost immediately after she is thrown inside a very nasty prison, she becomes a target for the butch dyke, Kay, and her henchwomen. It is obvious that this girl has never been inside a lock up facility, and after rejecting Kay's lesbian advances, the badgirl gang kill her. Basically they give her a savage beating, and throw her from a ledge, after shooting her up with heroin, to make it look like an overdose! They think they have gotten away with it, until a mysterious new prisoner shows up, and soon after, Kay's gang begin to die, one by one. This new woman, professional stunt woman Laurie Collins, is none other than the murdered girls sister! This is classic WIP material. The acting is all around good, and the action sequences, which include a lot of kick boxing technique are believable, and exhilarating. Unlike other films of this genre, the women are not all beautiful, with surgically enhanced bodies and perfect makeup. And this lends the film an extra level of credibility, and realism. There are no CGI effects, just a raw and realistic story from start to finish. Vendetta is also filled with some hilarious one-liners that you will be repeating with your friends long after the film is over. The lead butch dyke is especially a joy to behold. Unlike a lot of these cheap prison films, 'Vendetta' is actually well filmed, and every scene was bright and colorful, rather than dark and murky like most others. Reminiscent of the "pink" films coming out of Japan in the late 70's into the 80's; super violent films featuring tough female protagonists exacting their revenge on the scum of the earth. 'Vendetta' is highly recommended to fans of the genre, although you might have a hard time finding it.

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