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Fade to Black (1980)

 
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Eric Binford is your ordinary film freak until the day a mental frame jumps a sprocket and the loner starts exacting revenge on each of his tormentors while made-up as several of his favorite screen icons. Stars a post-Breaking Away Dennis Christopher and Linda Kerridge as a kind Australian transplant who happens to look exactly like Marilyn Monroe. Mickey Rourke is an exquisite jerk as Richie in one of his earliest screen roles.
  
Late night fare.







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The Principal

A Killer in the Family

Man on Fire

 

 
My Bodyguard (1980)

 
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The Principal

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Man on Fire

 

 
The Principal (1987)

 
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A better than average entry in the blackboard jungle genre. Jim Belushi reluctantly takes a position as principal in a rough inner-city high school where he and security dean Louis Gossett, Jr. oscillate between fighting-off thugs and inspiring those kids who really want to learn; all this two years before Morgan Freeman’s Joe Clark did the same in Lean on Me.
  
Rae Dawn Chong and Esai Morales co-star. B+







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The Principal

A Killer in the Family

Man on Fire

 

 
Flash Gordon (1980)

 
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The Principal

A Killer in the Family

Man on Fire

 

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A Killer in the Family (1983)

 
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Iconic for his foreboding presence, I’ve always thought actor Robert Mitchum the epitome of righteousness. Which makes his role as real-life murderer Gary Tison that much more unsettling in the 1983 made-for-TV-movie A Killer in the Family.
  
The film opens with an idyllic picnic — Tison’s wife and three sons (then heartthrob Lance Kerwin and rising hunks James Spader and Eric Stoltz) on prison grounds where the elder Tison is serving consecutive life sentences. He secretly claims to the boys that his life is in danger and coerces them to break-out him and loose cannon Randy Greenawalt (normally comical Stuart Margolin but here, creepy AF). On the outside, and on the run, the men, holding the boys effectively hostage, return to their savage ways.
  
So raw was it that several TV stations, including Minnesota’s KSTP, refused to broadcast it because it contained scenes of “uncommon violence.” It’s no Reservoir Dogs, but for 80’s TV, it was too much.







 
 
One on One (1977)

 
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Man on Fire (2004)

 
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Zulu (1964)

 
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