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Tusks (1988)

An unhinged poacher who makes his living off the ivory trade is challenged by a game warden, who happens to be his former old friend, and a female animal conservationist. The poacher snaps and decides to kill them both.


Tara Moore




Cast overview, first billed only:
Lucy Gutteridge ... Micah Hill
Andrew Stevens ... Mark Smith
John Rhys-Davies ... Roger Singh
Julian Glover ... Ian Taylor
Victor Melleney Victor Melleney ... Fred Johnson
David Phetoe David Phetoe ... Watson
Wendy Clifford Wendy Clifford ... Jane Taylor
John Rixey Moore ... John Sterling
James H. Coburn IV James H. Coburn IV ... Client - Tom (as James Corurn Jr)
Sekai Sadza Sekai Sadza ... Roger's Girl
Tembi Tembi ... Amanda
Kathy Kuleya Kathy Kuleya ... Amanda's Friend
Sam Williams Sam Williams ... Poacher
Oliver Tengende Oliver Tengende ... Poacher
David Guwaza David Guwaza ... Poacher


Roger Singh is an animal poacher with hate in his heart, and revenge on his mind. Embittered by a recent stint in prison, Singh returns to the forbidden ivory trade only to lock horns with new game warden and former friend Mark Smith, whose testimony years before helped put Singh away. Written by sheba021

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Looks great, but is otherwise terrible
8 June 2015 | by Wizard-8See all my reviews

You may know John Rhys-Davies as an actor, but you may not know that, for one time at least, he co-wrote a movie screenplay. "Tusks" is that movie, of course, and it explains why his character in the movie is a successful ladies' man and gets a lot more screen time than the protagonists. But despite all this, Davies seems to be performing on autopilot. Maybe he sensed upon filming that the story for the movie is an absolute bore. It takes more than half of this one hundred minute movie to fully set up the crisis of the movie, and that first portion of the movie is slow, endless, and pretty much action free. The remaining running time isn't that much better. The only thing that stopped me from pressing the stop button on my DVD remote was the African scenery, which looks nice especially since it's also well photographed. The only other possible thing the movie has to offer for viewers is the chance to see James Coburn's son in an acting role, though his part lasts only for a few minutes.

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29 July 1988 (Portugal) See more »

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Marquis Pictures See more »
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