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The Exterminator

The Exterminator (1980)

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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

May 26, 1998

AVCO Embassy Pictures

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The Exterminator is a sick example of the almost unbelievable descent into gruesome savagery in American movies.

January 31, 2011 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
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An action film with little action. Contrived script instead opts for grotesque violence in a series of glum, distasteful scenes.

July 6, 2010 Full Review Source: Variety
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Even connoisseurs of violence will be disappointed in The Exterminator since its grisly events are not actually shown on screen.

August 30, 2004 Full Review Source: New York Times
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Prime revenge action cinema that will feed the appetites of fans of Dirty Harry and Charles Bronson...

April 22, 2012 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
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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.

November 17, 2011 Full Review Source: Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

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.

January 31, 2011 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Right-wing nonsense

August 2, 2003
Pasadena Weekly

D-grade Death Wish leech.

July 26, 2002
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June 12, 2013
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Deathwish II meets Rambo III. Campy, cult-ish film that's just bad enough to be fun. Best viewed in a room full of lightly inebriated friends.
April 23, 2009
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This movie became infamous for exploitative scenes of violence and gore... that don't happen at all, they're mostly suggestive but whatever.

The gritty tone of Exterminator sets it apart from most vigilante based 80s flicks, which is an immediate turn off for the majority of audiences but it's not on this approach that the movie fails. It's on an unbalanced script that's more concerned on punishing detestable characters and not having a more evolving story in the process. Hell, the motive that sets the Exterminator on a rampage is not that shocking and the post-war Vietname stress the main character is suffering from seems to get lost on his motives too.

A failed opportunity.
May 16, 2013
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Francisco Godinho

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It's been a very long while since I've seen this one, but I still remember some parts vividly. Well done Vigilante film.
January 30, 2008
cacutshaw

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    1. John Eastland: If you're lying, I'll be back.
    – Submitted by Daniel m (15 months ago)
    1. State Senator: She ain't bad
    2. Chicken Pimp: Come on, all we have to is discipline her a little. You like to see that, wouldn't ya?
    3. State Senator: [enthusiastically] Yeah!
    – Submitted by Daniel m (19 months ago)
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