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The Banker (1989)

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High-priced prostitutes are being systematically murdered, their corpses mutilated, and a bizarre South American symbol painted in blood is found at the scene. The cop investigating is out to solve the crime before his ex wife, a reporter, becomes the next victim.


William Webb


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Forster ... Dan
Shanna Reed Shanna Reed ... Sharon
Duncan Regehr ... Spaulding Osbourne
Jeff Conaway ... Cowboy
Leif Garrett ... Fowler
Richard Roundtree ... Lloyd
Michael Fairman ... Fred
Juan Garcia Juan Garcia ... Eddie (as Juan García)
Deborah Richter ... Melanie
Teri Weigel ... Jaynie
Michael Spielmann Michael Spielmann ... Paperboy
Marty Dudek Marty Dudek ... Maggie
Joey Green Joey Green ... Ricky
Julie Hayek Julie Hayek ... Terry
John T. Olsen John T. Olsen ... Floor Director


High-priced prostitutes are being systematically murdered, their corpses mutilated, and a bizarre South American symbol painted in blood is found at the scene. The cop investigating is out to solve the crime before his ex wife, a reporter, becomes the next victim.

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His passion is business by day, murder by night. See more »




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Release Date:

10 February 1990 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

A bankár See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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Did You Know?


Is said to have been one of Quentin Tarantino's favorites while he worked as a video store clerk. Star Robert Forester would later work with Tarantino in Jackie Brown eight years later. See more »


[first lines]
[to Jaynie]
Cowboy: You know what to do...
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References The Most Dangerous Game (1932) See more »


Performed by Barry Coffing
Written by Barry Coffing
Coffing Music (BMI)
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You can take that to the BANK!
19 December 2008 | by KnatLouieSee all my reviews

Well, that would be a great line if it were in the movie.. but it ain't. On the other hand, this movie has a LOT of great quotes, and some really good, memorable performances.

The story is very simple: A wealthy banker (played brilliantly by Duncan Regehr, who some of us may remember from the TV-series "Zorro") goes nuts after a trip in the jungle, and starts killing random hookers and call-girls all around town (or even in his own house) just for the hell of it. His two prey-providing pimps, are Fowler (Leif Garrett "Walking Tall 1-3"), who doesn't care about anything but money, and Cowboy (Jeff Conaway from "Taxi" and "Celebrity Rehab"), who tries to find the man who has been killing his girls - but as it turns out, not to avenge their deaths or to turn him in, but to CASH IN on his knowledge to the fact.. well, we all know what happens then..

Anyway, there's this cop, Dan (Robert Forster, "Jackie Brown") also on The Banker's tail, because he is apparently targeting a news-anchor woman with a conscience (played by the relatively unknown Shanna Reed), and Dan doesn't want to see her get hurt, and with some help from his captain (Richard Roundtree aka "Shaft") and his new rookie partner Eddie (Juan García), he finally gets close to the bad guy, but still lacks sufficient hard evidence to capture and jail him.. what to do then? I'm not gonna spoil it.. use your imagination, kids.

To round out the ensemble cast, Michael Fairman ("Dead Silence", "Forces of Nature") plays the TV-station boss, and the lovely Deborah Richter (the cyborg from "Cyborg") plays an unfortunate call-girl.. as does future porn-star Teri Weigel (from "Predator 2" fame). And then there's the cameo from future screen-writer Richard Brandes (who wrote "Martial Law 1+2") as a yuppie who tries to stab The Banker.. and we all know what happens to random punks trying to match up to major bad guys in 1980s B-movies.. that's right, they become Hollywood Screenwriters.

So, all in all a generally entertaining action-thriller, with a blatant serial-killer who sports full Indian warpaint and usually kills his victims with a crossbow before his disembowels them.. often whilst whistling the theme from "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs". Awesome.

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