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The Exterminator (1980)

A man's best friend is killed on the streets of New York. The man (Robert Ginty) then transforms into a violent killer, turning New York into a great war zone and Christopher George is the only one to stop him.

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Cast

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Detective James Dalton
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Dr. Megan Stewart
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Michael Jefferson
Tony DiBenedetto ...
Chicken Pimp (as Toni Di Benedetto)
Dick Boccelli ...
Gino Pontivini
Patrick Farrelly ...
CIA Agent Shaw
Michele Harrell ...
Maria Jefferson
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The State Senator from New Jersey
Cindy Wilks ...
Candy
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Frankie
Roger Grimsby ...
Himself
Judy Licht ...
Herself
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Himself
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Vietcong Leader (as George Lee Cheung)
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Storyline

When John Eastland's best friend, Michael Jefferson, is mugged and left permanently crippled, he decides to do something about it. Jefferson had saved Eastland's life in Vietnam and now it's time for Eastland to get revenge for his friend. Using his old Army gear he sets out on a crusade to clean up the streets of New York using the name "The Exterminator." Written by David Bongo <ajgs09b@prodigy.com>

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In war you have to kill to stay alive ... on the streets of New York, it's often the same. See more »


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19 September 1980 (USA)  »

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$2,000,000 (estimated)
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(director's cut) | (original uncut)

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Trivia

the film's opening scene set in vietnam was actually filmed at indian dunes national park in california. this was the same location where vic morrow & two child extras were tragically killed on the john landis' directed segment for 'twilight zone-the movie'. See more »

Goofs

When three men try to rob a beverages warehouse, they are foiled by two employees. During the struggle, beer cans are knocked to the floor. Inadvertently, they are kicked and are clearly empty instead of full. See more »

Quotes

John Eastland: You really are a sick motherfucker, you know that?
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"The producer" is credited as burping ghoul See more »

Connections

Referenced in Escale à Nanarland: Le Justicier de New York (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

Kali Au
Written by Chuck Loeb
Performed by Stan Getz (as Stan Getz Ensemble)
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Has it's moments...
13 May 2017 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

The Exterminator tells the story of John Eastland, a former Vietnam war veteran whom goes on a vigilante killing spree after his best friend is viciously attacked by a group of thugs. Meanwhile, a detective, James Dalton tries to stop him.

For the most part, this film is extremely dull. It draws itself out for far too long, and there is a subplot where the detective starts dating a nurse, which is completely unnecessary as it adds nothing to the plot. It's as if the director thought the film wasn't long enough so he tried to find excuses for it to be longer.

While this film does have it's share of exciting scenes from time to time, it really doesn't have much else going for it. The acting isn't bad; not top notch, but acceptable.

If you are after a good vigilante thriller, you could do worse than 'The Exterminator.' Then again, you could do a lot better too.


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