Guilio Sacchi Tomas Milian is a monster of the human kind, a petty criminal who decides to graduate to the big time by kidnapping the daughter of a wealthy Italian businessman.
Guilio shows no emotion as he blows away anyone who gets in his way, friends included. One particular scene stands out: During the kidnap, Mary Lou Anita Strindberg escapes to a house where a small party is going on. Guilio and his cohorts crash the party and force the guests men included to perform oral sex on them. The guests are then tied up and hung from the ceiling as they watch in horror as Guilio blows away the homeowner's 4 year old son.
Guilio then turns his machine gun on them, slaughtering the helpless victims. Walter Grandi Henry Silva , the police chief assigned to the case, follows the trail of bodies left in Guilio's wake. Guilio may be demented, but he is no fool. He never leaves any witnesses to convict him, and when he collects the ransom, he kills Mary Lou and his cohorts. When Grandi finally catches him, Guilio is released for lack of evidence.
Grandi, in desperation, decides to take the law in his own hands. As in real life, there are no happy endings here. This violent, mean-spirited actioner could have only been made by the Italians. It is well made though badly dubbed and ugly to look at.
It's chock full of nudity and bullet hits. Good fodder for fans of the genre. When Dean Mitchell Mitchum , a former Green Beret, is attacked in his store by drugged-out street gang, he shoots one of the gang members when he tries to run over Mitchell with his car.
In retaliation, the gang invades Mitchell's house and rape his wife and kill his young son. Mitchell, upon returning home and finding his son dead and his wife bloody and bruised, calls the police He says to the operator, "They've killed my son and raped my wife and you want my phone number? Mitchell goes on the warpath and begins to systematically hunting down and murdering all the members of the street gang He even finds time to have a flashback, where he adopts a Filippino baby and marries the woman handling the adoption, which turn out to be his dead son and wife!
He eventually gets caught by the police, but an Interpol agent named Brady Ken Metcalfe, who also co-wrote the screenplay steps in and offers Mitchell a deal: Reform his old Special Forces squad and wipe out the Golden Triangle drug cartel who are responsible for supplying the majority of heroin to the world and his record will be wiped clean.
He is the kingpin of the Golden Triangle. Somsak tries unsuccessfully on several occasions to stop the assault from ever happening, but once the final attack does happen, Somsak has one final ace up his sleeve. One of Mitchell's squad members is on Somsak's payroll. It's a long and bloody ride.
This is great, mindless fun from beginning to end, with plenty of bloody action and "What the fuck? Mitchell also has a habit of saying, "There's noting we can do for them now. We've got to keep moving! I'm especially fond of the warbus Mitchell and his men and scantilly-clad women created. It looks like one of those short buses retarded kids take to school, tricked-out with steel armor and hidden rocket launchers and machine guns.
One scene shows Mitchum on a custom motorcycle which fits neatly in the warbus destroying a section of road behind them with rockets, forcing an enemy truck that is following them to fall down a ravine and explode in a ball of fire note the one stuntman on the right falling down the ravine and tell me he didn't end up seriously hurt! A mistake in the mastering of the tape repeats an entire reel of footage where the scantilly-clad women get machine-gunned while working on the warbus , which adds five extra minutes to the running time.
You'll be too engrossed in the insane action, plentiful shootouts and bloody deaths. What more could you possibly ask for? Both Christopher Mitchum and John Phillip Law are stiff as boards acting-wise, but they more than acquit themselves when they are beating the snot out of or gunning down the rest of the cast including Franco Guerrero, who wears a striking white nehru jacket throughout most of the film.
Suarez is fast becoming one of my favorite directors to come out of the Philippines. Still awaiting a DVD release, but don't hold your breath. Filipino action flicks are a very small niche market, which is a crying shame. Before she can hand over the film to Embassy representative Victor Winslow Joseph Zucchero , she is viciously slashed and stabbed to death by the same black-garbed people who murdered the American soldier.
Luckily, she passed the film to a cabbie before she was killed, telling him to give it to a stripper friend of hers named Sulu. After losing her luggage and money immediately after setting foot in Manila this film is not an endorsement for tourism , Kat meets con man Alcatraz Michael Shaner; BLOODFIST - , who knew Kristie and offers to help Kat find her murderer he has ulterior motives, though, like getting into Kat's tight pants.
He convinces Kat to take her sister's place in the upcoming big martial arts tournament, s o he hooks her up with Kristie's trainer, Bayani Roland Dantes , and tournament promoter Mr. Carrion Tony Carrion , who's not quite what he seems to be. Kat discovers Kristie and Lorda were working undercover with the FBI to find out the identities of members of the Black Brigade, a militant group that wants to destroy the relationship between America and the Philippines.
Kat gets into deep trouble when Lorda is kidnapped by the Black Brigade and they put Kat, along with visiting American Ambassador Franklin Ken Metcalfe , at the top of their hit list. When Victor Winslow blackmails Alcatraz to keep Kat off the trail of the Black Brigade, Alcatraz finally gets to bed Kat and decides that she's too good to deceive. He finds Sulu, recovers the film and brings the proof to the American Embassy.
Lorda escapes her captors, helps Kat save Ambassador Franklin's life and brings down the Black Brigade. The Philippines is safe once again for Americans, but please use caution when drinking the water.
ANGELFIST is not a very good film the martial arts fights are clunky and badly-staged , but Santiago offers a ton of nudity both Sassoon and Melissa Moore disrobe as much as possible and there are more communal shower scenes here than in most WIP films and some truly demented sequences, such as when Black Brigade leader Cirio Quirino Santiago regular Henry Strzalkowski tortures Lorda in an icehouse by stripping off her blouse and pressing her naked breasts on a block of ice!
This short, minute film is light on blood and gore just a few stabbings in the beginning , has no gunfights and nothing explodes. One gets the feeling that Santiago was on cruise control here and was taking a break from his usual shoot-em-up actioners, but the sad fact was that Santiago would go on to direct a few of these modern-day martial arts flicks and would not go back to his mindless gunplay flicks.
Too bad, because he was quite good at 'em. This is a lesser, latter-day entry from Santiago that can be avoided unless you like lots of nudity Sassoon is well-oiled in all her full-frontal shots and the sight of lips that can best be described as "distracting". How can you possibly go wrong? With Greydon Clark directing, producing and co-scripting with Alvin L. Fast , it's quite easy, actually. When Las Vegas lounge singer Michelle Wilson Susan Kiger learrn from her manager, Manny Hale , that her younger brother Bobby was beaten-up and hospitalized trying to steal drugs from kingpin Mike Farrell Palance , she and friend April Jacqulin Cole form a squad of all-female vigilantes to destroy Farrell and his drug business.
Each woman is an expert in their field. Terry Grant Sylvia Anderson is a black movie stuntwoman and expert driver. Kako Umaro Lieu Chinh is a black belt martial artist. Maria Noela Velasco is a beautiful model, whose looks will be used as a distraction to the bad guys.
Elaine Brenner Robin Greer is a policewoman, who is secretly working with her boss, Captain Miller Brand , to infiltrate the women's group and use the information to bust Farrell before the women get him. After stealing a van from a horny used car dealer Buttram and tricking it out with rocket launchers and other goodies, the women then steal a shitload of guns and ammunition from an even hornier gunrunner Backus and his comical crew of nimcompoops one who looks and acts like Oliver Hardy!
The ladies kidnap Farrell's 1 street dealer, Sticks Darby Hinton , and hang him upside down while Kako beats him about the nutsac with a metal pipe until he gives up the location of the latest drug drop. They steal the drugs and Elaine and the girls bring it to Captain Miller who, at first, is pissed at Elaine for spilling the beans to the girls, but soon sees the advantages of having non-police personnel doing his dirty work for him.
The girls attack and destroy Farrell's drug processing plant but, in the fracas, Farrell kidnaps April and brings her to his boss, Mr. Burke's Lawford house, where they torture her in his swimming pool. The girls rescue her in the nick of time in a hail of bullets, some swordplay and a motorcycle stunt.
Farrell is attacked and killed by a pack of dogs! Hooray for women power! The main problem with this film is that it's played like a broad comedy, but it's not funny at all. Namely, nudity, bloody violence and action. Oh, well, I'm nitpicking. Whenever someone is punched or hit over the head, cartoon sound effects are heard, like birds chirping or a "boiiinggg! This is the type of film where instead of killing Sticks after beating the info out of him, the girls set him free after he promises to go straight!
Nevermind that he hooked Michelle's young brother on drugs or is known as the city's biggest street pusher, the girls take him at his word and send him on his way. In all fairness, he dies a short time later when he falls off a tenement roof trying to escape from Farrell.
Some of the women look very uncomfortable holding and firing weapons it's apparent Clark just handed them weapons and yelled out "Fire! The film does have some camp value thanks to the eclectic cast of has-beens and fringe stars, but both Jack Palance and Peter Lawford look like they would rather be any place besides here. The women do look good in bikinis and tight fitting jumpsuits, but when we watch films like this, we want to see what's underneath those outfits.
Also starring Liza Greer as Trish, the underage would-be member of the female gang who saves all their lives in the finale. Director Clark cameos as a what else? Joe Nace Dennis Redfield returns from the war in a wheelchair and works at his father's grocery store. A vicious street gang, led by Roy Boy Paul Koslo , comes into the store demanding protection money and, when Joe refuses, they kill a female customer with a knife to her stomach after ripping her blouse off and beat Joe over the head repeatedly with a meat hammer, tenderizing his skull and killing him.
Joe's squad leader, Bill Christopher Stone , comes for the funeral and stays after hearing the pleas of help from Joe's father Sid Conrad. After calling Popeye, his mysterious and unseen superior, Bill gets his old squad together to teach the townspeople how to defend themselves and to kick some gang ass. Everything goes well at first, as the townspeople begin fighting back and reclaim their town. Hawkins Jim Antonio is not too pleased that the squad is in his town practicing vigilante justice, but the police commishioner Bruce Taylor is pleased with the results and tells Hawkins to lay off.
During a shootout in the middle of town, one of the squad members, Ray Gerrit Graham , is shot in the back protecting a small child and is killed. Bill discovers that the gang is merely a front for a bigger drug running operation and, when the squad intercepts one of the drug shipments, the shit hits the fan.
The shipment turns out to be millions of dollars worth of heroin and Roy Boy armed with a flame thrower calls in backup of his own and holds the entire town hostage until he gets his drugs back. Things go bad when Roy Boy hijacks a schoolbus full of kids. In a surprising turn of events, the kids disarm the hijackers one kid jams a pencil into one of the gang member's neck and Bill has a final fight with Roy Boy on the roof of a building.
It is then we learn the identity of the mysterious Popeye and how he was secretly helping the squad all along. This is standard 80's action fare elevated slightly by a few well-executed setpieces and some extreme bits of violence. He does have the best line in the film, though, when he says to Bill, "All this for a shitty little cripple?