The Exterminator (1980)
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Fresh: 2 | Rotten: 7
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A Vietnam veteran declares a one-man war on crime in this vigilante revenge thriller. Michael Jefferson (Steve James) saved the life of his best friend John Eastland (Robert Ginty) while the two were serving in Vietnam, so when Jefferson is left permanently paralyzed after a vicious attack by muggers, Eastland is determined to get revenge. Declaring war not only on the thugs who injured Jefferson but the entire lawless underclass, Eastland becomes known as "The Exterminator" for his swift and
Sep 19, 1980 Limited
May 26, 1998
AVCO Embassy Pictures
Detective James Dalt...
Dr. Megan Stewart
Tony di Benedetto
George Kee Cheung
Gerald M. Kline
Massage Parlor Cop
Uniform Cop #4
Vietcong Fire Gag
Paul G Hensler
Captured US Soldier
Message Cop (sic)
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The Exterminator is a sick example of the almost unbelievable descent into gruesome savagery in American movies.
An action film with little action. Contrived script instead opts for grotesque violence in a series of glum, distasteful scenes.
Even connoisseurs of violence will be disappointed in The Exterminator since its grisly events are not actually shown on screen.
Prime revenge action cinema that will feed the appetites of fans of Dirty Harry and Charles Bronson...
As depicted literally here, going through the meat grinder is an apt metaphor for the Vietnam experience, and for the intended impact on audiences of movies like this one.
One of the most wretched of all film genres is the vigilante justice movie, and this must-to-avoid Death Wish takeoff is one of the worst of its ilk.
D-grade Death Wish leech.
Audience Reviews for The Exterminator
- John Eastland: If you're lying, I'll be back.
- State Senator: She ain't bad
- Chicken Pimp: Come on, all we have to is discipline her a little. You like to see that, wouldn't ya?
- State Senator: [enthusiastically] Yeah!
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