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Gale Force (2002)

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A new reality-style game show, "Treasure Hunt" has invited a cast of contestants, including a Los Angeles cop who's joined to try and make up for an earlier PR blunder, to a tropical island... See full summary »

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Jim Wynorski

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Steve Latshaw
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Treat Williams ... Sam Garrett
Susan Walters ... Susan Billings
Cliff De Young ... Stuart McMahon
Tim Thomerson ... Phillip Edwards
Marcia Strassman ... Kim Nelson
Dave Hager ... Whitney
Gretchen Palmer Gretchen Palmer ... Tina Mason
William Zabka ... Rance
Eric James Virgets Eric James Virgets ... Jeffries
Renee Ridgeley ... Julie Connors
Bruce Nozick ... Jack MacRae
Tamara Davies ... Mindi Rain
Robert Clotworthy ... Bill Cassidy
Curtis Armstrong ... Steve Chaney
Michael Dudikoff ... Jared
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A new reality-style game show, "Treasure Hunt" has invited a cast of contestants, including a Los Angeles cop who's joined to try and make up for an earlier PR blunder, to a tropical island to hunt for a buried treasure worth ten million dollars. Unbeknownst to the contestants, the game's host has struck a deal with the soldiers hired to guard the money, and does not really have the player's best interests, or even basic safety, at heart. Adding to the situation is a killer hurricane bearing down on the island. Who will walk away with the jackpot? Who will walk away at all? Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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Don't mess with mother nature

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Action | Drama

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Rated R for violence and language | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 January 2002 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Gale Force - Die 10-Millionen-Dollar-Falle See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color
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The weather forecast showing a radar map of around Midway Island actually shows Santa Catalina Island, which is about 25 miles off the coast of California. Midway Island is in the middle of the Pacific Island. See more »

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Edited from Anaconda (1997) See more »

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A good cheesy romp
28 November 2003 | by Barry_NormanSee all my reviews

After reading the comments here I was fully expecting a bad film. This gave me the incentive to watch this film as a good cheesy romp can be entertaining. I wasn't let down.

I agree with an earlier comment made that obviously people here have taken this film WAY too seriously, judging by their reviews. Think, how many disgruntled, suspended L.A detectives do you know get invited to appear on a T.V reality game show?

The first 'controversial' scene with the car chase ripped from Last Action Hero was comical if anything else. It does seem a bit disjointed from the rest of the film but sets up the premise (an over-the-top one) of why our hero is off work and has nothing better to do other than to eat barely-cooked hot-dogs dipped in mustard and appear on Reality TV game show.

After that were introduced to the rest of the contestants and the shady game show host. It appears he has plans about pocketing the cool $10 million prize for himself rather than the unwitting contestants. Again, what T.V company would bury $10 million in a treasure chest on a remote island?

They get there, have a getting to know period where the dominant characters emerge to lead the two teams to the treasure. Of course Treat is one. They later find out that a team of 'pirates' will hunt them down to prevent them from getting the secret stash.

Next day they set off with good intentions but eventually run into a band of men carrying large machine guns, and not paint-ball guns as they were led to believe, and run for their lives. Meanwhile a huge tropical storm is brewing.

Basically then it turns into a cat-and-mouse type of affair but the cats aren't very proficient killers. An over-the-top sequence that resembles the nuke scene in Apocalypse Down, just to take down half a dozen straw huts is hilarious. I wouldn't say this was a particularly violent film. Just an implausible one. Like hiding in a beach cave while a huge 50 foot tsunami wave is just outside threatening to destroy the whole island. And what happened to the building at then end.

You can't really go into this film expecting a masterpiece, just accept it for what it is, ridiculous, over-the-top hokum and you won't be disappointed.

6/10


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