A detective comes to the aid of an aged diamond cutter.


William Tannen (as Bill Tannen)


Bruce Haskett





Cast overview, first billed only:
Chuck Norris ... John Shepherd
Joanna Pacula ... Elizabeth Teller
Daniel Bernhardt ... Dirk
Bernie Kopell ... Isaac Teller
Todd Jensen ... Parks
Marshall R. Teague ... Moore (as Marshall Teague)
Tracy Scoggins ... Alena
Curt Lowens ... Col. Speerman
Deron McBee ... Alex / Repairman
Dean Cochran ... Eddie
Mark Ivanir ... Doctor Joseph
Víctor Quintero ... Man 1 (as Vic Quintero)
Rick Avery ... Man 2
Aaron Norris ... Tony Maylam
Mickey Mank Mickey Mank ... Old Woman


A detective comes to the aid of an aged diamond cutter.

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The past holds the key!

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The climactic scene where the three protagonists leap out of a doorway just as a bomb goes off was filmed at the back door of a shuttered Wonder Bread bakery. The building stood empty for twelve years following the film until it was demolished to make way for a condominium. See more »


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Chuck Norris vehicle in which he protects an old Jewish against a relentless murderous
2 July 2020 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

Set in Spokane, Washington , USA ,the suspenseful plot centered around a two-fisted detective named John Shepherd (Chuck Norris) who comes to the aid of an aged diamond cutter (Bernie Kopell) and his niece (Joanna Pacula) . When the veteran Jew cutter is kidnapped John goes into action. This time Chuck Norris confronting an ominous psycho-killer named Dirk (Daniel Bernhardt) who will stop at nothing to get his aims . Along the way there is developing a screenplay revolving around diamond cutting , pursued Jewish people from concentration camps , jewelry robbing , a violent killer and previous Nazis tracking down a cutter . The past holds the key!

This Chuck Norris recital contains action-packed , thrills , car chases , chills and lots of blood and violence . Chuck Norris demonstrates still his qualities as an action hero on the fights against the largest-than-life murderous , an expert fighter : Daniel Bernhart , by means of punches , slaps , kicks , bounds and leaps . This is a film financed by Milennium pictures : Boaz Davidson , Trevor Short , Danny Dimbort , Avi Lerner , Danny Lerner , as long time ago Norris said goodbye to Menahem Golan- Yoran Globus , from Cannon film company , who produced a lot of Chuck movies . Large support cast formed by usual secondaries of the 80s and 90s , such as : Daniel Bernhardt , Bernie Kopell , Todd Jensen , Rick Avery , Marshall Teague and the always gorgeous Tracy Scoggins. This action-thriller is an inferior Norris film , in fact Norris was far from his best period with hits , such as : ¨The Octagon¨ , ¨An eye for an eye¨ , ¨Forced vengeance¨ , ¨Lone Wolf MacQuade¨ ,¨Missing in action trilogy¨ , ¨Delta Force¨ , among others . Rating : Average but entertaining . The picture will appeal to Chuck Norris fans though results to be a so-so outing , and after making this movie Chuck retired from acting.

It contains a moving and stirring score by Elia Cmiral , as well as atmospheric cinematography by Peter Moss , shot on location in Spokane , Washington State. The motion picture was regular but professionally directed by William Tannen . Bill Tannen directed in 1984 his first feature, "Flashpoint" for Tri Star and HBO . It starred Kris Kristofferson, Treat Williams, Rip Torn, Tess Harper and Jean Smart. He has directed ten other feature films for Cannon, Village RoadShow, Disney, ShowTime, Millenium, LifeTime, etc. Bill has also directed several television series', music videos and episodes as High tide , Mowgli , Epic adventures of Tarzan , Hollywood Detective . And some films as Night of Terror , Ozzie , Nobody Knows Anything! , Love lies bleeding , Deadly Illusion , Flashpoint and Hero and the terror with Chuck Norris .

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Release Date:

14 March 2006 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Cutter See more »

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$6,000,000 (estimated)
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1.85 : 1
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