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Nightforce (1987)

Carla is devastated when her friend is kidnapped by a Mexican cartel. After going to her father, a U.S. Senator, she gets her friends, and arms, to cross the border for a rescue mission.


Lawrence David Foldes (as Lawrence D. Foldes)




Cast overview, first billed only:
Linda Blair ... Carla
James Van Patten ... Steve Worthington
Richard Lynch ... Bishop
Chad McQueen ... Henry
Dean R. Miller Dean R. Miller ... Eddie
James Wilder ... Mack
Claudia Udy Claudia Udy ... Christy Hansen
Bruce M. Fischer ... Estoban (as Bruce Fisher)
Cameron Mitchell ... Sen. Adam Hansen
Jeanne Baird Jeanne Baird ... Mrs. Joanna Hansen
Casey King Casey King ... Bob Worthington
Mitchell Edmonds ... Det. Buchanan
Cork Hubbert ... Raoul
Bob McCracken ... Mike Collins
T.J. Acosta T.J. Acosta ... Fat Man


Carla is devastated when her friend is kidnapped by a Mexican cartel. After going to her father, a U.S. Senator, she gets her friends, and arms, to cross the border for a rescue mission.

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Written by Bob Rose, Nigel Harrison and Steven Kay
Performed by Bob Rose and Nigel Harrison
Vocal by Linda Blair
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5 November 2004 | by AshXFSee all my reviews

I once took a job at a crappy, buffet-style restaurant to pay bills and I quit in less than a month. I hope that's the only reason Linda Blair decided to do this movie. I'm on a quest to see everything she's been in, and I love Linda Blair but jeeeeeez. BAD movie!

In a nutshell, a wimpy damsel in distress, daughter of a senator, is kidnapped by clichéd Latino terrorists and hauled off to some banana republic as a hostage. Now her father, a senator who pushes for no negotiations with terrorists, decides he'd rather loose his kid than his job and we are made to believe that the United States government is absolutely NOT going to recuse a senator's daughter. (Come on, that little country would have been turned into a parking lot)

Enter her 5 college friends. They are old enough to be legal to purchase guns, but still young enough to be stupid. Somehow, in a matter of hours, they procure machine guns and a bazooka and set off to shooting in the local dump without alerting the authorities. They then pile all the weaponry into the back of their jeep, cover it with a tarp, miraculously avoid the border patrol and just mosey down into South America looking for their friend.

Naturally they get into trouble. Enter Bishop, the Vietnam vet mercenary who, out of the goodness of his heart, equips the kids with better, bigger guns he happens to have lying buried in his backyard, training and cameo gear. How nice. And thank god he knew how to fly a chopper else they may have had to walk home at the end.

So now, the newly expert commandos, having bypassed the years of training necessary to fight the terrorists, rush in to rescue their friend and end up blowing up everything in sight. It's a good thing these terrorists who probably were given guns for Christmas toys as kids have no aim. In the process, 2 of the guys are killed, but hey, as long as they rescued the idiotic girl, then it's OK. Trade one certain death for 2 accidentals, it's all good. And despite the fact that all the bad guys are dead, they don't go back to retrieve their friends' bodies. I'm sure their families will understand. And how many times did this blond chick have to show her breasts or be raped? I think she wears clothes for all of 3 minutes of her screen time.

Now I WILL say this, Linda Blair did pretty damn good with what she was given. She was no wimpy, clichéd girl usually seen in these testosterone laced flicks. She had the best lines, watching the boys shoot off bazookas in the dump, tricking them into taking her along, and it was kinda cool to see her run, all decked out in cameo, shooting up some bad guy butt. However, for all her character's enthusiasm in rescuing her friend, she only got to shoot in the last sequence. The majority of the movie had her ducking behind cars as the boys shot the bad guys.

So why did I shell out $5 to a used video website and another $5 for shipping? As I said, I'm on a quest to see every movie Linda Blair's ever been in, even this one.

There *IS* one good thing that might make this video worth it to Linda Blair fans....the opening and ending credits has a rather catchy rock and roll song playing, and it is sung by none other than Linda Blair! She sounds a bit like Pat Benatar, not too bad either! She should have looked into a singing career instead of making this movie.

Hats off to Linda, major BOOOS to whoever wrote this swiss cheese of a plot story.

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5 September 1987 (Japan) See more »

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