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China Lake (1983)

A police officer on vacation travels around on his motorcycle targeting nearby occupants of and travelers through China Lake.

Director:

Robert Harmon

Writers:

Robert Harmon (screenplay), Robert Harmon (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Charles Napier ... Donnelly
William Sanderson ... Little Germ
Mickey Jones ... Big Guy
Gilmer McCormick Gilmer McCormick ... Helene
Lindsey Fields Lindsey Fields ... Kitty (as Lyndsey Fields)
James Luisi ... Watch Commander
Ed Brodow Ed Brodow ... Field Supervisor
Michael Ray Lloyd Michael Ray Lloyd ... Assistant Watch Commander
Jeanne Jarvis Jeanne Jarvis ... Waitress
Enoch Anderson Enoch Anderson ... Policeman
Stephen Barns Stephen Barns ... Policeman
David Breaux David Breaux ... Policeman
William Calkins William Calkins ... Policeman
Harley Corber Harley Corber ... Policeman
John Cuellar John Cuellar ... Policeman
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A police officer on vacation travels around on his motorcycle targeting nearby occupants of and travelers through China Lake.

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Genres:

Short | Thriller

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Trivia

Photographed over a 11 day period in 1981 but not completed until 1983 due to a strenuous Post-Production process. See more »

Connections

Followed by The China Lake Murders (1990) See more »

Soundtracks

String Quartet #15
Dmitri Shostakovich
The Fitzwilliam String Quartet (as Fitzwilliam String Quartet)
Courtesy Decca Records
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Excellent short movie from the director of The Hitcher
9 November 2006 | by CalDexterSee all my reviews

This short film runs for thirty minutes and was written and directed by Robert Harmon who thanks to this flick got the job of directing the classic horror chiller The Hitcher.

Its the story of Motorcycle cop Donnelly, a man who spends his vacation time driving around on his Harley in the desert highways still dressed in his uniform.

Clearly halfway through this short we learn that Donnelly is deeply disturbed and psychopathic after coming across a few people that have upset him in his twisted ideal of what is right and wrong.

The actor Charles Napier does an excellent job of portraying this unpredictable and very dangerous Traffic Cop. My favourite scenes are when he has some banter with a waitress in a roadside diner and instantly dismisses her after getting angry in his mind at two cement workers,(one of them played by William Sanderson who was J.F. Sebastian in Blade Runner) who are eating their dinners and minding their own business. But in Donnelly's dangerous mind they are guilty of just being there.

The photography of this movie short is beautiful...the desert locations and use of music from other film sources are quite well put together. If you loved The Hitcher you will see this as a sort of dummy run, albeit a very good dummy run.

Seven Out Of Ten


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 April 1983 (USA) See more »

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Budget:

$3,000 (estimated)
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

4:3
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