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Uncle Sam (1996)

R | | Comedy, Horror | Video 4 July 1997
Desert Storm vet who was killed in combat rises from the grave on July Fourth, to kill the unpatriotic citizens of his hometown, after some teens burn an American flag over his burial site.

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William Lustig

Writer:

Larry Cohen
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
William Smith ... Major
David 'Shark' Fralick ... Master Sergeant Sam Harper (as David Shark Fralick)
Christopher Ogden Christopher Ogden ... Jody Baker
Leslie Neale ... Sally Baker
Bo Hopkins ... Sgt. Twining
Matthew Flint Matthew Flint ... Deputy Phil Burke
Anne Tremko ... Louise Harper
Isaac Hayes ... Sgt. Jed Crowley
Timothy Bottoms ... Donald Crandall
Tim Grimm Tim Grimm ... Ralph
P.J. Soles ... Madge Cronin
Tom McFadden Tom McFadden ... Mac Cronin (as Thom McFadden)
Zachary McLemore Zachary McLemore ... Barry Cronin
Morgan Paull ... Mayor
Richard Cummings Jr. ... Dan
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Storyline

Desert Storm vet who was killed in combat rises from the grave on July Fourth, to kill the unpatriotic citizens of his hometown, after some teens burn an American flag over his burial site.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Uncle Sam wants you... DEAD! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Horror

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong horror violence and brief nudity | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 July 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Uncle Sam See more »

Filming Locations:

La Verne, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

A-Pix Entertainment See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Dedicated to "Lucio" (Fulci, the Italian horror director). See more »

Goofs

When Sam is blown away, the support wires are visible. In fact, when his body leaves a hole in the house, the wires also leave a linear hole in the house. See more »

Quotes

Sam: Don't be afraid, it's only friendly fire.
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Crazy Credits

At the very end of the credits, there is an out-take of a character on stilts falling down. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Found (2012) See more »

Soundtracks

Dumped
Performed and Composed by Mark Governor
© 1994, 1996 Citysound Music (ASCAP)
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Love the good ole U S of A...or DIE!
18 May 2003 | by capkronosSee all my reviews

Young Jody (Christopher Ogden) is a pre-teen with military aspirations thanks to Uncle Sam's medal winning service in Kuwait before his death. Sam's coffin is delivered to Jody's home three years after the fact where Sam's widow and his sister-in-law plan to hold funeral services. Three stupid and obnoxious teens burn an American flag on Sam's funeral plot, which somehow makes him return to life as a ghoul (the make-up is actually pretty good) who offs non-patriotic people while dressed as the title character!

On July 4th at the Twin Rivers festival is where most of the carnage takes place. Death is caused by hanging, flag pole impalement, BBQ grill and fireworks explosion. After finding numerous dead bodies, the festival (and slaughter) idiotically continue. Why? "We wouldn't want to disappoint the children, now would we?"

Awful performances from a cast who should know better, lame attempts at comedy, a moronic script (by Larry Cohen!), a stupid full-contact potato sack race and unbelievable character actions (two adults leave a little kid alone in a house with the killer!?) are just a few of the problems with this gimmicky, subpar horror film.

Score: 2 out of 10


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