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Relentless (1989)

Two Los Angeles police detectives, cynical veteran Malloy and cocky rookie Dietz, hunt for a serial killer, an ex-cop named Taylor, whom randomly chooses his victims from a phone directory.

Director:

William Lustig

Writer:

Phil Alden Robinson (as Jack T.D. Robinson)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Judd Nelson ... Arthur 'Buck' Taylor
Robert Loggia ... Bill Malloy
Leo Rossi ... Sam Dietz
Meg Foster ... Carol Dietz
Patrick O'Bryan ... Todd Arthur
Ken Lerner ... Arthur
Mindy Seeger ... Francine
Angel Tompkins ... Carmen
Robert Madrid ... Swarthy Cop
Beau Starr ... Ike Taylor
Harriet Hall Harriet Hall ... Angela Taylor
Frank Pesce ... Marra
Ron Taylor ... Captain Blakely
Roy Brocksmith ... Coroner
G. Smokey Campbell ... Terrell
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Storyline

Sam Dietz, a New York cop recently reassigned to Los Angeles, joins the hunt for a serial killer who seemingly picks his victims at random from the telephone directory - but the closer he gets to cracking the case, the more personal the stakes become. Written by Ross Horsley <explodo@hotmail.com>

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Taglines:

When Buck Taylor comes to call, your number is up. See more »

Genres:

Crime | Thriller

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 August 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Bezlitosny See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$4,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$6,985,999
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Joe Spinell was originally cast to play the role of Captain Blakely, but died shortly before filming was to begin. See more »

Quotes

Carol Dietz: What's the matter? This thing tonight?
Sam Dietz: This Taylor woman - she tries to hide, right? Two feet from her is a toolbox with hammers, chisels, screwdrivers. She could have beat this guy to a bloody pulp. Instead, she crawls inside of a dryer.
Carol Dietz: Sammy, not everybody's a fighter.
Sam Dietz: I know that, Carol, but if you act like a victim, you're gonna be a victim.
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References The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (1962) See more »

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Judd Nelson's best film
3 October 2002 | by CamaroLuvNgal84See all my reviews

I am a really big fan of Judd Nelson and he ruled in this movie. He's so good at being the bad guy. Judd plays Buck Taylor, a demented serial killer who picks his victims from a phone book and calls them before he enters their house and kills them. And the victims' names resemble his. And he tears the pages out with the victims' names underlined in red with messages like "catch me if you can" that he leaves on the dead bodies for the police. Buck does these horrid things because his father was abusive and he kills to show his dad that he's good at something. I really enjoyed this movie and it showed how good of an actor Judd is. Great film!


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