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The Vindicator (1986)

An employee of a secret company operation becomes the victim of the company's special weapons project. He is transformed into a robotic killing machine that, because of his programming must... See full summary »

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Jean-Claude Lord

Writers:

Edith Rey (original screenplay), David Preston (original screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
David McIlwraith David McIlwraith ... Carl Lehman / Frankenstein
Teri Austin ... Lauren Lehman
Richard Cox ... Alex Whyte
Pam Grier ... Hunter
Maury Chaykin ... Burt Arthurs
Catherine Disher ... Catherine Collins
Stephen Mendel ... Ian Massey
Micki Moore ... Mrs. Jan Scott
Larry Aubrey Larry Aubrey ... Kurt Kessler
Lynda Mason Green Lynda Mason Green ... Gail Vernon
Denis Simpson Denis Simpson ... Joe Simpson
Caroline Arnold Caroline Arnold ... Lisa, Massey's Girl
John Zobolles John Zobolles ... Paper Boy
Trevor Daves Trevor Daves ... Lab Security Guard #1
Carl Knutson Carl Knutson ... Lab Security Guard #2
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An employee of a secret company operation becomes the victim of the company's special weapons project. He is transformed into a robotic killing machine that, because of his programming must destroy anything that comes near him. Written by Michael Silva <silvamd@cleo.bc.edu>

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They thought they took his life...now he wants theirs. Invincible. Unstoppable. Indestructible. He's out on the street and out of control!


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Country:

Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 February 1986 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Frankenstein '88 See more »

Filming Locations:

Montréal, Québec, Canada

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Budget:

$4,210,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Carl Lehman: God damn it, I'm not Carl! I don't know who I am. I'm a machine. I... I can't feel, I can't touch. I'm not human!
Lauren Lehman: I love you!
Carl Lehman: You can't love this.
[Carl removes his helmet, exposing his brain]
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One Year Before Robocop...
5 September 2015 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

The high-tech ARC Corporation that is directed by the unscrupulous Alex Whyte (Richard Cox) is researching a software that provokes violent reaction from someone that is attacked against the attacker. The efficient scientist Carl Lehman (David McIlwraith) has an argument with Whyte since his funds have been cut. On the next morning, Carl has a serious accident while his partner and friend Burt Arthurs (Maury Chaykin) is bringing coffee for them. Carl's pregnant wife Lauren Lehman (Teri Austin) is informed that her husband has died; however, the accident was provoked by Whyte. Carl becomes the guinea pig for the ARC Frankenstein Project and is turned into a cyborg. While testing the remote control unit, the scientist Gail Vernon (Lynda Mason Green) is attacked by Carl that escapes from ARC in a garbage truck. Then he eliminates a motorcycle gang that has attacked him. Carl realizes that he cannot be touched and he contacts Lauren from outside home to arrange a meeting with Burt. Meanwhile Whyte contracts the killer Hunter (Pam Grier) to get rid off Carl.

"The Vindicator" is a low-budget movie with a poor storyline and lame production. The characters and situations are not well-developed and the rushed beginning does not exactly explain the importance of the rage project or why it was necessary to eliminate Carl. The storyline has similarities with "Robocop" that was released more than one year later. Was "Robocop" a rip-off "The Vindicator"? My vote is six.

Title (Brazil): "Roboman"


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