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The Retaliator

R 1987 1h 31m Action List
Reviews 17% Audience Score 100+ Ratings
A mercenary (Robert Ginty) meets a woman terrorist (Sandahl Bergman) turned into a killer cyborg by CIA surgeons. Read More Read Less

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Ángel Luis Inurria El Pais (Spain) Despite its 90 minute run-time and the existence of multiple bursts of gunshots, the interest doesn't increase as the movie advances toward its predictable ending. [Full Review in Spanish] Jun 22, 2020 Full Review Read all reviews

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Chris J MOVIE REVIEW Programmed to Kill (The Retaliator) – Genre: Action, Sci-Fi Year Released: 1987, 2023 Kino Lorber Blu-ray Runtime: 1h 31m Director(s): Allan Holzman, Robert Short Writer(s): Robert Short Cast: Sandahl Bergman, Robert Ginty, James Booth, Paul Walker, Alex Courtney, Jim Turner, Louise Caire Clark, Peter Bromilow, Chaim Banai Where To Watch: Available January 17, 2023; pre-order now at Kino Lorber RAVING REVIEW: A mix of some fun elements, bringing together various genres and trying simultaneously to be a creation of its own. While the execution isn't perfect, the experience is still fun. PROGRAMMED TO KILL, also known as THE RETALIATOR, is a unique film that follows the story of Samira, a terrorist captured by the American government who is transformed into a cyborg assassin through a series of experiments. Most of the film follows Samira's transformation and her relationships with others around her. Unfortunately, the process also wipes her personality and memories, leading to a predictable rampage of revenge once her memories return. The action in the film is chaos, and you're not entirely sure if some of the choices were due to budgetary constraints or if they were done intentionally to add more of a tone to the film. The film tries to present itself as a dramatic story of the consequences of tampering with nature. It is clear that the film attempts to emulate the success of THE TERMINATOR but fits more into a unique genre all of its own. The movie also feels like an homage to classic sci-fi films while trying to jump on the bandwagon of the popular action films at the time. Throughout the film, it's clear that the lesson to be learned is to not mess with nature; if you do, there will be consequences. That aspect is made abundantly clear throughout. Overall, The movie is worth a watch for diehard fans of the "killer cyborg" subgenre. EXTRAS: – Brand New HD Master – From a 2K Scan of the 35mm Interpositive – NEW Audio Commentary by Director Allan Holzman, Moderated by Filmmaker Douglas Hosdale – NEW Interview with Screenwriter Robert Short – Alternate Opening Title Credit – Theatrical Trailer (Newly Mastered in 2K) – Optional English Subtitles For more reviews and my YouTube channel, please visit Follow me on Letterboxd, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube. Find my social media accounts on most platforms simply by searching Overly Honest Movie Reviews. I'm always happy to hear from my readers; please say hi or send me any questions about movies. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 01/10/23 Full Review Audience Member horrible!!! poorly made. very amateur Rated 1 out of 5 stars 01/29/23 Full Review Audience Member Comet had this stinker on today. They've been playing everything in the Cannon catalog and this breaks of them. Pro Jewish, anti Palestine crap propaganda at is worst. Not very believable as are all Cannon pictures. The only thing worth noting is Paul Walker is in it and he's just a kid. Bad acting, cheap sets (filmed in Israel as are most Cannon films and looks like they used extra props form Chcuk Norris Cannon films throughout, no joke. Very silly and cartoonish in the way in portrays everyone and a piece of garbage waster of time. Rated 1.5 out of 5 stars 01/29/23 Full Review Audience Member From the director of "Grunt! The Wrestling Movie" comes a rip off of "The Terminator" that also wants to be a tale of international intrigue. A female terrorist is captured by the CIA and undergoes an operation where she is transformed into The Retaliator! She's the CIA's new weapon to fight middle eastern terrorists, but as with most robots, she goes haywire and lots of killing ensures. This film did have a chance to be a so-bad-it's-good, but it didn't quite work for me on that level this time. It mostly just seemed poorly made by people who didn't care. I think the best so-bad-it's-good movies are the ones where the filmmakers don't know they're making a bad movie. Oh, and apparently a 14-year old Paul Walker is somewhere in this movie. Rated 1 out of 5 stars 01/31/23 Full Review Audience Member Boring, boring, boring, boring, boring, boring, boring! Somehow a movie about a female mercenary turned into a murderous cyborg, managed to be ridiculously dull and boring. Avoid at all costs! Rated 0.5 out of 5 stars 02/14/23 Full Review Audience Member Review will be written when/if re-watched (Probability: Zero). First viewing: 14.01.1997 Rated 0.5 out of 5 stars 02/26/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis A mercenary (Robert Ginty) meets a woman terrorist (Sandahl Bergman) turned into a killer cyborg by CIA surgeons.
Allan Holzman
Allan Holzman, Don Stern
Robert Short
Production Co
Trans World Entertainment (TWE), Retaliator Productions
Original Language
1h 31m