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Action film with <b>Tommy Lee Jones</b> breakout role as a Vietnam vet with good intentions that go wrong. Excellent Yaphet Kotto again plays a Police Officer, this time the head of the NYPD "ESU/SWAT" (Trivia point: Yaphet's son is a <b>real Cop</b> with San Jose, CA PD!). This was intended to be a breakout role for Canadian actress <b>Helen Shaver</b> (who shows a <b>gratuitous breast shot</b> here), but apparently failed. Everyone here are <i>smoking cigarettes and cursing</i> to give "edge" to the film, something rarely seen today due to "political correctness". Technical inaccuracies: swapping magazines from blanks to real ammunition in the same weapon(in this case an <b>AK-47</b>) is impossible, and would cause the firearm to explode in your face. This stunt was also used in one of the "<b>Die Hard</b>" films, and the idea may have come from this film. Jones basically does a Rambo#1 to the NYPD, ambushing and outsmarting them at every turn, and the director sets up the elite NYPD ESU as rubes, bullies and boobs, going so far as to dip into racism by having one of the Black cops openly say he used to sell marijuana/reefer in his pre-cop days (<i>we all know better since 911 however</i>) but this is understandable and necessary to push the plot forward, despite being a bit cheezy. There are several great gems in this film, especially for the military/veterans who know the code. Jones gleeful laughing as he sets off mines is a hoot, as is the reverse when he feels betrayed and sends several <b>40mm grenades</b> at the cops with his <b>M-79</b> while screaming at them for being "lying motherfuckers". One specifically hilarious scene is the reaction Jones has when he realizes that a renegade NYC politician has sent in a <b>mercenary "hunter-killer team"</b> (armed with <b>Swedish-K 9mm submachineguns</b>, <i>a silent code to Vietnam vets who know who carried that specific gun in Nam</i>:, maroon paratrooper berets and a cheap shot "Soldier Of Fortune" reference are here also) to take him out, screaming about them "<i>sending the Viet-Cong in here to kill <u>me</u>?</i>". Great stuff. As a Vietnam era veteran, I probably enjoyed this more than most, as it caters to that generations revenge fantasies, but this film stands on it's own as a statement, as it is based on a book of the same name that had underground cred with veterans, and was serialized in Playboy magazine. All melodrama and action, "The Park Is Mine" remains a must see film for all who can appreciate the <b>"War is Hell" and revenge genre of action films</b>. Get it and see it, you will not be wasting your time. As far as I know, this film is not out on DVD, so you will have to see it online or by VHS tape, but seeking it out will be worth it. Grab the buttered popcorn and...Just do it! - <b>(BS2)</b>
<b>Hard-knuckled violent action with Batman done as he should be</b> for a change!. Animated but far from kid stuff, with a (literally) murderous pistol wielding <b>Joker</b> psychologically off the hook (well beyond the PG13 rating given this film). Mark Hamill's Joker is the gold standard, but DiMaggio's Joker in this film is more sinister, which is an accomplishment in comparison to Hamill. Fools who think the 1960's TV Batman series is what the character is all about should be shackled and forced to watch this, if for no other reason so you can laugh at their shocked reactions to the story. Borderline Manga-esque. <b>Not to be missed entry in the <i>hardcore vigilante genre of action films</i></b>, worth the popcorn time...