|NIGHTFORCE (VIDEO) (director: Lawrence D. Foldes; screenwriters: Russel W. Colgin/Michael Engel/Don O'Melveny; cinematographers: Billy Dickson/Roy H. Wagner; editor: Ed Hansen; music: Bob Rose/Nigel Harrison; cast: Linda Blair (Clara), James Van Patten (Steve Worthington), Casey King (Bob Worthington), Richard Lynch (Bishop), Cameron Mitchell (Sen. Adam Hansen), Chad McQueen (Henry), James Marcel (Mack), Kathleen Kinmont (Cindy), Claudia Udy (Christy Hansen), Dean R. Miller (Eddie), Bruce Fisher (Estoban); Runtime: 87; MPAA Rating: R; producer: Victoria Paige Meyerlink; Vestron; 1987)|
|"It's for those who like bad
by Dennis Schwartz
trashy kidnapping actioner. Lawrence D. Foldes ("Nightstalker"/"Young
Great Skycopter Rescue") ineptly directs the
B film, which is filled with unintentional laughs.
It's written without wit or purpose by Russel W. Colgin,
and Don O'Melveny. It's for those who
like bad action films. You know who you are!
American Commie rebels, the San Felipe
Anarchist Army, led by Estoban (Bruce Fisher),
kidnap spoiled rich girl Christy Hansen
(Claudia Udy) while she's leaving her aerobics class
in the States and pack her off to Central America.
Christy's the daughter of US Senator Hansen (Cameron
Mitchell), someone targeted by the terrorists.
Christy's privileged white
teenage friends arm themselves with a bazooka, a
rocket-launcher and machine guns and come to
her rescue in a jeep driven from America. They go
there because the government is unwilling to help
(something about their policy of not making deals with
terrorists). The rescuers include Steve
(James Van Patten), Henry (Chad McQueen, Steve's
son), Eddie (Dean R. Miller), Mack (James
Marcel), and Carla (Linda Blair). The combat
inexperienced rescuers have their asses saved on the
front lines by Bishop (Richard Lynch). He's
a flute-playing Nam vet who, of course, has a pet
monkey named Pin (played by Rambo the
Unfortunately no one came to rescue this pic from wooden acting and an absurd storyline, which certain viewers can appreciate for being just the way it is and just the way they like their bad films.
REVIEWED ON 4/20/2015 GRADE: C+
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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