Cage

Overview

If you've seen TV wrestling, you know what a "caged" bout is. In Cage, it's for real; two testosterone-pumped behemoths are placed in a cage where they duke it out to the death. Lou Ferrigno plays Billy Thomas, the muscle-bound Vietnam vet who is finagled into cage-fighting by a group of mobsters. Scott Monroe Reb Brown, the man whose life Billy saved in Nam, finds himself through a series of ludicrous plot twists facing his former savior in the dreaded cage. We suppose this was meant to be taken seriously, but ...
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Overview

If you've seen TV wrestling, you know what a "caged" bout is. In Cage, it's for real; two testosterone-pumped behemoths are placed in a cage where they duke it out to the death. Lou Ferrigno plays Billy Thomas, the muscle-bound Vietnam vet who is finagled into cage-fighting by a group of mobsters. Scott Monroe Reb Brown, the man whose life Billy saved in Nam, finds himself through a series of ludicrous plot twists facing his former savior in the dreaded cage. We suppose this was meant to be taken seriously, but audiences didn't get the hint; Cage has been greeted with raucous, derisive laughter ever since its 1990 release.
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Special Features

Fullscreen presentation; Audio: English 2.0 (Dolby Stereo); Scene selection; Interactive menus; Digitally Mastered
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Jeremy Wheeler
Cage is a typical, subpar '80s underground fighting flick in every sense except for one -- it features Lou Ferrigno in one of his most challenging roles to date. Acting really never was Lou's strongest point, thanks in part to his speech impediment and extreme hearing loss, but if there was any role to stretch the bodybuilder's chops, it would be the main character here, Billy. Beefed up with extreme muscles, but with the brainpower of a child, Billy plays to Ferrigno's weaknesses and gives him the opportunity to emote far more than any role that he was offered before or since. Now this isn't to say that the performance is great -- in fact, it offers endless bits of hilarity in the form of everything from repeated gay subtext to a tender scene showcasing some real Ferrigno tears -- nevertheless, it is an admirable feat from the forgotten action hero. Other noteworthy credits belong to the mini-Die Hard reunion that features both James Shigeta and famed stuntman/bit actor Al Leong, along with a brief appearance by future Robert Rodriguez collaborator Danny Trejo. Cage is known to most that know it to be a laughable mess, though it was somehow successful enough to sport a sequel four years later with Cage 2: Arena of Death.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/7/2004
  • UPC: 692865141334
  • Original Release: 1989
  • Rating:

  • Source: Trinity Home Ent
  • Time: 1:41:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Lou Ferrigno Billy Thomas
Reb Brown Scott Monroe
Michael Dante Tony Baccola
Mike Moroff Mario
Marilyn Tokuda Morgan Garrett
James Shigeta Tim Lum Yin
Branscombe Richmond Diablo
Al Ruscio Costello
Daniel Martine Mono
Al Leong Tiger Joe
Valerie McIntosh Ruby
Tiger Chung Lee Chang
Rion Hunter Chao Tung
Dana Lee Pang
Paul Sorenson Matt
Jerry Potter Texan #1
Ted Bolczak Texan #2
Matthias Hues Italian Fighter
Jeff Benson East Coast Champ
Queen Kong Gang Girl
Jeff Cadiente Sleepy Guy
Eddie Wong Bad Guy #2
Danny Wong Bad Guy #3
Larry Duran Chinese Guard #2
Phil Culotta Casey
Charles Tamburro Pilot
Ed Ulrich Door Gunner
Carl Ciarfalio Hood #1
Jimmie F. Skaggs Ugly Guy
Technical Credits
Lang Elliott Director, Producer
Hugh Kelley Director, Screenwriter
Joe Altadonna Production Designer
Phil Culotta Stunts
Sandra Culotta Costumes/Costume Designer
Edward A. Ezor Associate Producer
Jacques Haitkin Cinematographer
Ketrick Kelley Consultant/advisor
Larry J. Lebow Executive Producer
Jack Roe Co-producer
Mark Westmore Editor
Michael Wetherwax Score Composer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Cage
1. Vietnam 1969 / Main Titles [9:03]
2. Running Out of Patience [15:33]
3. Grief Stricken [12:34]
4. Bloodlust [14:03]
5. Seeking Vengeance [10:16]
6. "That Kinda Hurt" [12:49]
7. Finding Friends [14:52]
8. Final Thought / End Credits [11:30]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Cage
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