Blastfighter

Blastfighter is a 1984 action film directed by Lamberto Bava starring Michael Sopkiw and George Eastman.

Blastfighter
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Directed byLamberto Bava
Screenplay by
  • Massimo De Rita
  • Luca De Rita[1]
Story by
Starring
Music byGuido & Maurizio De Angelis[2][1]
CinematographyGianlorenzo Battaglia[1]
Edited byRoberto Sterbini[1]
Production
companies
  • Medusa Distribuzione
  • National Cinematografica
  • Nuova Dania Cinematografica
  • Films Jacques Leitienne[1]
Distributed byMedusa Distribuzione
Release date
  • 25 July 1984 (1984-07-25) (Italy)
Country
  • Italy
  • France

PlotEdit

Jake "Tiger" Sharp (Michael Sopkiw) is a former policeman who seeks revenge after his wife is murdered. After killing the murderer, Sharp is sentenced to seven years in prison. Upon release Jake is given an SPAS-12 Shotgun by his old friend Jerry in order to wreak vengeance upon the crooked attorney responsible for sending him away. However, Jake instead at the last minute decides to return to his secluded cabin in the Appalachian wilderness and bury his gun in the floorboards. Matters become complicated when a group of poachers run afoul of him and kill his baby deer. Jake goes to the Chinese herbal medicinist's office that the hunters have been selling to and smashes up the place.

Jake's estranged daughter Connie then joins him with Jerry and her boyfriend, but all of them are killed off when the hunters decide to get revenge for scaring away the herbal medicinist. Jake manages to escape back to his cabin and dig up his gun for one last battle with those who would break the law.

ProductionEdit

Blastfighter was initially going to be a film directed by Lucio Fulci with screenwriter Dardano Sacchetti as a follow-up to Warriors of the Year 2072.[3] Sacchetti later explained that Fulci argued with the producers, which led to it being settled in court.[3] The film had already been sold without the original intended script being able to be used, so Lamberto Bava's Blastfighter only retains the title of the original Fulci production.[3]

ReleaseEdit

Blastfighter was released theatrically in Italy where it was distributed by Medusa Distribuzione on 25 July 1984. The film had a brief theatrical run in the United States in local cinemas and the drive-in circuit on 15 November 1985 from the defunct American independent film distributor Almi Pictures.

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FootnotesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d e f g "Blastfighter (1984)" (in Italian). Archivio del cinema Italiano. Retrieved 18 January 2018.
  2. ^ Paul 2005, p. 78.
  3. ^ a b c Howarth 2015, p. 274.
  4. ^ Binion, Cavett. "Blastfighter". AllMovie. Archived from the original on 2 August 2012. Retrieved 18 January 2018.

ReferencesEdit

  • Howarth, Troy (2015). Splintered Visions: Lucio Fulci and His Films. Midnight Marquee Press, Inc. ISBN 1936168537.CS1 maint: ref=harv (link)
  • Paul, Louis (2005). Italian Horror Film Directors. McFarland. ISBN 978-0-7864-8749-3.CS1 maint: ref=harv (link)

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