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Exterminator
     

The Exterminator

Director: James Glickenhaus

Cast: Christopher George, Samantha Eggar, Robert Ginty

 

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A Vietnam veteran declares a one-man war on crime in this vigilante revenge thriller. Michael Jefferson (Steve James) saved the life of his best friend John Eastland (Robert Ginty) while the two were serving in Vietnam, so when Jefferson is left permanently paralyzed after a vicious attack by muggers, Eastland is determined to get revenge. Declaring war not only on

Overview

A Vietnam veteran declares a one-man war on crime in this vigilante revenge thriller. Michael Jefferson (Steve James) saved the life of his best friend John Eastland (Robert Ginty) while the two were serving in Vietnam, so when Jefferson is left permanently paralyzed after a vicious attack by muggers, Eastland is determined to get revenge. Declaring war not only on the thugs who injured Jefferson but the entire lawless underclass, Eastland becomes known as "The Exterminator" for his swift and deadly retaliation against muggers and other street criminals. While Eastland's actions may be making for safer streets, they're also illegal, and just as the mob have put a price on Eastland's head, Detective James Dalton (Christopher George) has set his sights on putting "The Exterminator" out of business. Jazz great Stan Getz makes a cameo appearance as himself.

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This grisly exploitation item one-ups the Death Wish series by taking its revenge film scenario to greater (and often more gruesome) extremes. Like the Death Wish films, The Exterminator's take on the justice system is one-dimensional and it wallows in the kind of nonstop brutality guaranteed to send any sensitive viewer running for the exit. Despite its exploitative nature and morally questionable take on vigilante tactics, The Exterminator is tough to disregard altogether because it is surprisingly well made. Robert Baldwin's photography stylishly captures the squalor of the film's New York locales and director James Glickenhaus knows how to put together a memorable action sequence: Highlights in this vein include the explosive Vietnam prologue and a slickly edited chase between a car and a motorcycle. The film also benefits from nicely understated performances by its leads: Robert Ginty brings a believable sense of anger and weariness to John and Christopher George's turn as Dalton is infused with plenty of sly wit. However, these attributes are undone by the film's need to shock and its constant barrage of sleaze and gory violence is guaranteed to numb most viewers after a short while. As a result, The Exterminator is the kind of stylish but severe action item that can only be recommended to the hardiest fans of exploitation filmmaking.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/13/2011
UPC:
0654930313190
Original Release:
1980
Rating:
NR
Source:
Synapse Films
Region Code:
ABC
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound]
Time:
1:42:00
Sales rank:
17,008

Special Features

The original director's cut featuring more gore and violence; Newly restored original stereo soundtrack mix; Audio commentary with director James Glickenhaus; Theatrical trailer and television spots (HD)

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Christopher George Detective James Dalton
Samantha Eggar Dr. Megan Stewart
Robert Ginty John Eastland
Steve James Michael Jefferson
Tony di Benedetto Chicken Pimp
Dick Boccelli Gino Pontivini
Patrick Farrelly CIA Agent
Michele Harrell Maria Jefferson
David Lipman State Senator
Cindy Wilks Candy
Dennis Boutsikaris Frankie
Roger Grimsby Himself
Stan Getz Himself
Phil Chong Vietcong Garrottee
Bill Saito Vietcong AK-47
Clay Wright US Pilot
Paul G. Hensler Captured US Soldier
Frank Ferera Collector #1
Tony Munafo Collector #2
Ned Eisenberg Marty
Irwin Keyes Bobby
Santos Morales Police Captain
Ralph Monaco Bartender
Louis Edmonds CIA Chief
Lou David Leaflet Man
Tom Everett Hotel Clerk
Gerald M. Kline Massage Parlor Cop
Paul Farentino Message Cop (sic)
Webster Whinery Sammy
Robert King Motorcyclist
Joe Duquette SWAT #2
Ryan Hilliard SWAT #5
Kenny Endoso Vietcong Fire Gag
Sean O'Rinn Uniform Cop #4
George Cheung Vietcong Leader

Technical Credits
James Glickenhaus Director,Screenwriter
Robert M. Baldwin Cinematographer
Lester Berman Producer
Tom Brumberger Special Effects
Mark Buntzman Producer
Bill Daly Sound/Sound Designer
Corky O'Hara Editor
Joe Renzetti Score Composer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The Exterminator
1. Vietnam Flashback [6:57]
2. Titles [10:04]
3. Have a Beer [8:39]
4. Business Talk [9:51]
5. The Old Homestead [10:49]
6. Friend Of the Family [6:41]
7. Going Out? [:48]
8. Chicken For Sale [9:32]
9. Who's Your Friend? [7:12]
10. The Doctor's Report [10:31]
11. Breaking the News [6:28]
12. Credits [10:19]

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