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Private Wars (1993)

R | | Action | Video September 1993
A wealthy businessman is trying to "convince" the inhabitants of an old neighborhood to abandon their homes in order to build a huge business center there. To achieve his goals, he bribes ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Steve Railsback ... Jack Manning
Michael Champion ... Chief Carpenter
Dan Tullis Jr. Dan Tullis Jr. ... Mo Williams
Holly Floria Holly Floria ... Ronnie Gilmore
Stuart Whitman ... Alexander Winters
Michael DeLano ... Mr. Mendoza
James Lew ... Obata
Brian Patrick Clarke ... Ben Gilmore
Albert Garcia Albert Garcia ... Ferret
Cynthia Frost Cynthia Frost ... Mrs. Dominick
Tim Colceri ... Sergeant Fuller
John Hobson John Hobson ... Biker
Vince Murdocco ... Eddie (as Vincent Murdocco)
John Salvitti ... Falco
Anthony R. Lovett Anthony R. Lovett ... Wolcott (as Andy Lovett)
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A wealthy businessman is trying to "convince" the inhabitants of an old neighborhood to abandon their homes in order to build a huge business center there. To achieve his goals, he bribes the police and uses organized bands to intimidate the neighbors. But perhaps this alcoholic ex-cop, Manning, could help them, but how? Written by Luis Carvacho <lcarvach@lascar.puc.cl>

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The battle lines are drawn between good and evil!

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

September 1993 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Defender See more »

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Stereo

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Railsback is back, as Railsback!
6 December 2016 | by BezenbySee all my reviews

I read somewhere that early PM films are awful, and they kind of are. But they're also kind of great! How can you hate a film that has four separate montages? It's impossible.

This one has Steve Railsback (of the mighty Turkey Shoot and the Wing Hauser/Meg Foster weirdness Edge of Terror) as a straight cop in a world of cops on the take. After catching a police captain getting a kickback from a property developer (Stuart Whitman), Railsback is framed and booted off the force, becoming a drunken P.I.

Meanwhile, his mate's neighbourhood is under threat from evil gangs (the montage introducing the gang – all three of them! Is hilarious. Love the repeated stamping of the kids car!) which results in one dead shopkeeper and a vengeful sister. Can they clean up the neighbourhood, fight off the evil property developer guy (who has conversations with underlings while folks duke it out by his swimming pool), fall in love with each other, blow crap up, have gunfights etc etc etc? It's all about the montages. You've got two bad guy montages, one sobering up/training montage, and a 'cleaning up the neighbourhood' montage. That's a lot of montage for the six pence I paid for this. It's not a horrifically bad film, and I couldn't help but wish the action could have been a bit more 'packed', but tis a fine slice of cheese that wouldn't be out of place in your crappy nineties action movie collection.

Unless it was made in the eighties. I can't be bothered checking. Also - check out the user review from rsoonsa on this very page - talk about a pretentious arsehole with no sense of humour!


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