|HANGFIRE (director: Peter Maris; screenwriter: Brian D. Jeffries; cinematographer: Mark Morris; editor: Alex Renskoff/Peter Maris; music: Jim Price; cast: George Kennedy (Warden E. Barles), Lee De Broux (Kuttner), James Tolkan (Patch), Kim Delaney (Maria Slayton), Yaphet Kotto (Police Lieutenant ), Jan-Michael Vincent (Lieutenant Colonel Johnson), Brad Davis (Sheriff Ike Slayton), Ken Foree (Billy), Lyle Alzado (Albert), Lou Ferrigno (Smitty), Peter Lupis (Sgt. Conlan); Runtime: 91; MPAA Rating: R; producers: Brad Krevoy/Steve Stabler; RCA; 1991)|
|"Routine, watchable and
efficient prison escape film."
by Dennis Schwartz
watchable and efficient prison escape film. Peter
Maris ("Alien Species"/"Ministry of Vengeance")
serial killer rapist Kuttner (Lee De
Broux) leads a New Mexico prison break
when a tanker truck crashes on the prison grounds.
Kuttner takes with him several other cons. They hijack
a crowded prison bus and take over the village of
Sonora, holding its fifty residents as hostage. The
National Guard is called in, as is the state police
lieutenant (Yaphet Kotto). The
no-nonsense gung-ho commander (Jan-Michael
Vincent) and the local sheriff (Brad Davis,
died shortly after the film's release)
are Nam vets, which somehow makes this stand-off a
metaphor about the Gulf War to the critics. Heroics by
the local lawmen, the sheriff and his Nam army pal
(Ken Force), results in the conflict drawn to a safe
conclusion and the rescue of the sheriff's
hostage-held prison psychologist wife (Kim
Delaney). In contrast, the National Guard
is depicted as inept.
REVIEWED ON 4/8/2015 GRADE: B-
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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