Project Kill

Project: Kill is a 1976 action film directed by William Girdler and starring Leslie Nielsen before he began doing comedies. It is distributed by Troma Entertainment and Digiview Productions and was filmed in the Philippines in 1975.

Project: Kill
DVD cover
Directed byWilliam Girdler
Produced byFrank Johnson
David Sheldon
Fred C. Soriano Jr.
Herman Weist
Written byDavid Sheldon
Galen Thompson
StarringLeslie Nielsen
Gary Lockwood
Nancy Kwan
Vic Silayan
Vic Díaz
Music byRobert O. Ragland
Sid Wayne
CinematographyFrank E. Johnson
Edited byTerence Anderson
Chuck McClelland
Distributed byTroma Entertainment
Release date
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  • October 1976 (1976-10)
Running time
90 min.
CountryUnited States


Nielsen plays John Trevor, who for six years has been training and leading a team of highly trained special forces men (Code Name: Project: Kill) whose performance is enhanced by drugs. Over time Trevor realises that his men, who work independently, are being used as assassins rather than to protect government installations and individuals.

Trevor relates his worries to his second-in-command Frank Lassiter (Gary Lockwood), then decides to escape from his secret government base to the Philippines where two of his former comrades in arms reside. However, withdrawal from the mind-control drugs turn Trevor violent and dangerous, and now Lassiter must find him before he can do any real damage. Filipino criminal boss Alok Lee (Vic Díaz) learns of Trevor's arrival and has been paid to capture him and sell him to a foreign power so they may discover and duplicate the drugs and training given to Trevor's force.


Leslie Nielsen: John Trevor
Gary Lockwood: Frank Lassiter
Nancy Kwan: Lee Su
Vic Silayan: Chief Insp. Cruz
Vic Diaz: Alok Lee
Galen Thompson: Carl Wagner
Maurice Downs: Hook
Pamela Parsons: Lynn Walker
Carlos Salazar: Insp. Ortiz
Franco Zarrate: Lung Set


The movie features one live song entitled: The Lonely World. The song was written by Sid Wayne.

DVD releaseEdit

The movie was released on DVD in 2004.


  • Finland: Tehtävä: Tapa (video title)
  • Finland: Tehtävänä: Tappaa
  • U.S.: The Guardian (pre-release title)
  • U.S.: Total Control (video title)

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