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Retribution (1987)

A Manic depressive artist survives a suicidal fall only to be possessed by a murdered gangster, who uses the artist to seek vengeance on those that ended his life.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Dennis Lipscomb ... George Miller
Leslie Wing ... Jennifer Curtis
Suzanne Snyder ... Angel
Jeff Pomerantz ... Dr. Alan Falconer
George Murdock ... Dr. John Talbot
Pamela Dunlap ... Sally Benson
Susan Peretz ... Mrs. Stoller
Clare Peck Clare Peck ... Carla Minelli
Chris Caputo Chris Caputo ... Dylan
Hoyt Axton ... Lt. Ashley
Ralph Manza ... Amos
Mario Roccuzzo Mario Roccuzzo ... Johnny Blake
Harry Caesar ... Charlie
Jeffrey Josephson Jeffrey Josephson ... Joe Martinez
Danny Daniels ... Rasta Doctor (as Danny D. Daniels)
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At Halloween George Miller jumps down from the roof of a hotel. But he's rescued and survives. In psychiatry the young Dr. Jennifer Curtis cares for him and gives him back his will to live. However he suffers from terrible nightmares. Back home, he discovers in the newspaper that his dreams, in which he forces other people to kill themselves in most cruel ways, seem to be reality. Written by Tom Zoerner <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>

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Horror | Mystery

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

October 1987 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Retribution: The Ultimate Nightmare See more »

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Budget:

$1,200,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Fujicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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George came back from the dead...and he's not alone...
2 January 2001 | by Christopher T. ChaseSee all my reviews

Manic depressive artist George Miller snaps one Halloween night, decides he wants to end it all and jumps from the top of the inner-city fleabag motel he calls home. Across town, small-time gangster Vito Minelli finds out the hard way, what happens when you don't pay off your gambling debts, as his vengeful cronies blow out his kneecaps, then douse him in gasoline and set him on fire.

Somewhere between life and death, George's and Vito's lives intersect, and both will be changed forever. This is not a good thing for George, and even worse for Vito's assailants, as they will each discover to their horror and dismay...

As low-budget supernatural thrillers go, RETRIBUTION manages to strike a nice balance between the yen of those horror fans who like character-driven stories, and the gorehounds who like to see "folks git blowed up real good." TV and movie vet Dennis Lipscomb, who very rarely gets to carry a picture, delivers a scary and sympathetic performance as the troubled George. He has the chameleonic ability to disappear into his character, which is both a blessing and a curse to the best character actors. They make it look so easy, most people don't even consider what they do to be "work," and that's the trouble.

Another out-of-print, hard-as-hell-to-find but worthy entry into the B-movie hall of fame.


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