|KILL SQUAD (director/writer: Patrick G. Donahue; cinematographer: Christopher W. Strattan; editors: Richard C. Mann/Rick Yacco; music: Joseph Conlan; cast: Jean Glaudé (Larry Pearson), Cameron Mitchell (Dutch), Jeff Risk (Joseph Lawrence), Jerry Johnson (K.C.), Marc Sabin (Arthur), Francisco Ramírez (Pete), Bill Cambra (Alan), Gary Fung (Tommy), Charles Ascello (Virgil), Alan Marcus (Jesse James); Runtime: 83; MPAA Rating: R; producer: Michael D. Lee/Patrick G. Donahue; Video Klubben; 1982-USA/Philippines)|
adventure film that paved the way for
by Dennis Schwartz
A kung-fu adventure
film that paved the way for the A-Team. The
trashy pic should be good for a few laughs, for
those who can handle bad films. Writer-director
Patrick G. Donahue ("They
Call Me Macho Woman") keeps the
revenge angle sizzling and violence as the norm. For
Cameron Mitchell fans, beware that he only appears for
five minutes and plays a nasty bad guy.
Wealthy electronics businessman Joseph Lawrence (Jeff Risk) is a victim of an assault in his home organized by a rival electronics businessman, who won't take a no for an answer in his offer to buy his rival's successful business. Joseph is shot by the sneaky gang leader Dutch (Cameron Mitchell), after he whips the gang by using kung-fu. The incident leaves Joseph wheelchair bound and mentally tortured because he was made to watch his wife gang-aped and murdered. The former commander in the Vietnam War then assembles his former motley special force squad, specializing in kung fu, to get revenge.
squad comes together without question when the
request goes out by the impressive looking black
dude Larry (Jean Glaude), Joseph's
right-hand man in 'Nam, that simply states
“Joseph needs you.” They are a disparate group
consisting of Arthur (Marc Sabin),
Alan (Bill Cambra),
K.C. (Jerry Johnson),
Tommy (Gary Fung) and Pete (Francisco Ramírez).
Their mission is to hunt down Dutch's gang and take no
wouldn't judge the pic on its bad acting and dialogue,
but give it is due for being so unapologetic as a
trashy revenge flick with high entertainment value.
REVIEWED ON 7/21/2015 GRADE: B-
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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