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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 »

Director:

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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Action | Horror | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
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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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Joe Simpson: [Video footage plays of a mechanical arm bending a metal bar] It operates by servo motors of significant yet undetermined strength.
Hunter: What do you mean, undetermined strength?
Joe Simpson: Well, we're not quite sure. We could have used a thicker bar, but we would have had to build a stronger bench in order to anchor the mechanical arm.
Hunter: Well, congratulations. It looks like you guys have created one hell of a killing machine and you made him virtually indestructible. A nice touch.
Alex Whyte: Well, Hunter, I've never seen ...
[...]
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Referenced in R.O.T.O.R. (1987) See more »

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Vindication
9 July 2017 | by sol-See all my reviews

This curious precursor to 'RoboCop' stars David McIlwraith as a scientist turned into a cyborg after being seriously injured in an explosion. While the film lacks Paul Verhoeven's dark sense of humour, it features well crafted action scenes, great makeup effects (beneath the mask), an awesome body suit and lots of fascinating pseudoscience with McIlwraith working in a laboratory experimenting with rage control. The film also prods a bit into the personal identity crisis he faces after realising that he has become a cyborg; "I don't know what I am", he emotionally states at one point. Verhoeven would of course prod into such territory in further depth, but there is enough here to render 'The Vindicator' less a simple revenge thriller and more a resonating character drama. An interesting plot element is how he has been redesigned to kill any human beings who touch him, which leads to some complexities as he tries to reconnect with his wife (who has been told that he died in the explosion). Not everything quite adds up here with one character inexplicably transforming into a mindless sex maniac at one point to further the plot (!), but it is a pretty classy affair that stands up well if not judged alongside 'RoboCop'. The budget here was of course far more modest, and yet the filmmakers create some excellent set pieces; a sewer segment is especially eerie.


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