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Deadly Weapon (1989)

A teenage boy who's bullied both at school by the seniors and at his home by his abusive father finds an experimental laser weapon in a river and ponders revenge. The army general who lost the gun sends his units after the kid.


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Credited cast:
Rodney Eastman ... Zeke
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Robert Benedetti Robert Benedetti ... Bernard Bauhaus
Arell Blanton Arell Blanton ... Edwin
Susan Blu Susan Blu ... Shirley
Tom Cesano Tom Cesano ... Joey
Ed Corbett Ed Corbett ... Engineer
Gary Frank ... Lieutenant Dalton
Adam Gifford ... (as G. Adam Gifford)
Michael Hennessey Michael Hennessey ... Frampton
Michael Horse ... Indian Joe
Richard Steven Horvitz ... Lester (as Richard S. Horvitz)
Sasha Jenson ... Martin
Walter Koenig
Gary Kroeger ... Glover
John Lafayette ... Sgt. Conroy


An expermintal gun powered by an atomic reactor is misplaced when the transport carrying it crashes into a river. The weapon soon falls into the hands of a bullied teen named Zeke, who uses it to get even with his persecutors. An army team led by the overzealous Lt. Dalton is sent to recover the weapon before it's unstable reactor overloads and causes a meltdown. Written by Ronos

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weapon | meltdown | atomic | river | gun | See All (48) »


What happens when the most dangerous man alive... is a boy!


Drama | Sci-Fi | Thriller


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Release Date:

15 August 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Arma Mortal See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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Empire Pictures See more »
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Good compliment
2 March 1999 | by TolbertSee all my reviews

Initially I also was reminded of Joey From Nightmare on Elm street part three but having seen it it was pretty good. I guess the movie was moving to me because I myself was a rebel when I was a kid. With the obvious exception of picking up a high powered plasma gun and blowing away all the bad guys, I was quite a bit like the main character in the movie. A definite two thumbs up, a must rent at least once.

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