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Cartel (1990)

Chuck Taylor is a charter pilot who unknowingly smuggles cocaine for the Cartel into the U.S. Unfortunately he is captured by the feds. Ironically, so is Tony King, boss of the Cartel. The ... See full summary »


John Stewart


Moshe Hadar

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Miles O'Keeffe ... Chuck Taylor
Don Stroud ... Tony King
Crystal Carson ... Donna Grey
Suzee Slater ... Nancy
Gregory Scott Cummins ... Rivera
Marc Fiorini ... Camarillo
Gary Littlejohn Gary Littlejohn ... Clark
Jim Maniaci Jim Maniaci ... Max
Frank Torres ... Magrow
Sal Lopez ... Steve Rodriguez / Bill Matthews
Henry Carbo Henry Carbo ... Babyface
Mickey Morton Mickey Morton ... Coleman
Mark Burton Mark Burton ... Savage
William Smith ... Mason
Reggie De Morton ... William


Chuck Taylor is a charter pilot who unknowingly smuggles cocaine for the Cartel into the U.S. Unfortunately he is captured by the feds. Ironically, so is Tony King, boss of the Cartel. The two are placed in the same cell, and a relentless battle of wills begins. King even has Taylor's family executed from behind bars. When King escapes from the prison, Taylor takes that as his cue to do likewise. He hunts down the members of the Cartel one by one, and gets vengeance for his loved ones in this ultra violent and bloody actioner. Written by Sean Kilby and Jason Parker <gestalt@ix.netcom.com>

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Action | Thriller


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Release Date:

14 June 1990 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Bersaglio mobile See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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Sound Mix:

Ultra Stereo



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The UK video was cut by 1 min 31 secs with heavy edits to a rape scene. See more »

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Not the WORST, but far from the best
16 July 2017 | by Wizard-8See all my reviews

Having used the IMDb for a number of years, I know that a movie like "Cartel" is one that would have many users of this web site state in their user comments something along the lines of, "WORST MOVIE EVER MADE!" Listen, I have been around the B movie block a number of times, and I can say with confidence that "Cartel" is far from the worst movie made. It does have some merit. It's fairly well shot, has some striking visuals here and there, and also a few impressive stunts.

However, I will admit that what I just reported is the only merit to be found in this movie. For starters, the performances in this movie are uniformly terrible, particularly lead actor Miles O'Keeffe, who can barely show any emotion or anything near acting ability. The script is a mess, with many unbelievable events and character actions that will have you groaning out loud. But the real problem with the movie is how incredibly boring it is. There isn't that much action, and the little there is is directed in a way that makes it come across as slow and unexciting despite the impressive stunts. The material surrounding the action scenes is even worse, going on and on past the breaking point. And William Smith once again is cast in a insignificant role that's completely beneath his talents.

Make no mistake about it: "Cartel" is a really bad movie. But all the same, it's still quite some distance from the very worst movies ever made. Despite that distinction, I'm sure you'll share my puzzlement as to how the movie got a DVD release.

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