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Slaughter -- Slaughter, a former Green Beret, avenges the killing of loved ones by the Mob, and in so doing is coerced by the Feds into traveling to Mexico to finish off surviving mobsters.


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Release Date:
10 May 1973 (Netherlands) See more »
Slaughter will blow your mind... clean out of your head! See more »
Slaughter, a former Green Beret, avenges the killing of loved ones by the Mob, and in so doing is coerced by the Feds into traveling to Mexico to finish off surviving mobsters. | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Jim Brown ... Slaughter

Stella Stevens ... Ann

Rip Torn ... Dominic Hoffo

Cameron Mitchell ... A.W. Price

Don Gordon ... Harry
Marlene Clark ... Kim
Robert Phillips ... Frank
Marion Brash ... Jenny
Norman Alfe ... Mario Felice
Eddie Lo Russo ... Little Al (as Eddie LoRusso)

Buddy Garion ... Eddie
Roger Cudney ... Gio (as Roger C. Cudney)
Lance Winston ... Intern
Juan José Laboriel ... Uncle (as Juan Jose Laboriel)
Francisca López de Laboriel ... Aunt (as Francisca Lopes De Laboriel)
Robert C. Ross ... Hood #1
Ricardo Adalid ... Hood #2 (as Ricardo Adalid B)
Gerardo Zepeda ... Hood #3
Margarite Luna ... Girl at Pool (as Margarito Luna)

Directed by
Jack Starrett 
Writing credits
Mark Hanna (written by) &
Don Williams (written by)

Produced by
Samuel Z. Arkoff .... executive producer
James H. Nicholson .... executive producer
Monroe Sachson .... producer
Don Williams .... associate producer
Original Music by
Luchi De Jesus  (as Luchi De Jesús)
Cinematography by
Rosalío Solano (director of photography) (as Rosalio Solano)
Film Editing by
Renn Reynolds 
Production Management
Harry F. Hogan .... production manager (as Harry Hogan)
David Sheldon .... production supervisor (uncredited)
Paul Nuckles .... stunt coordinator
Ronald C. Ross .... stunts (uncredited)
Music Department
Michael Arciaga .... music supervisor
Other crew
Sally Perle .... production executive
Crew believed to be complete

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Also Known As:
"Masacre" - Mexico
"Massacre" - France (imdb display title)
"Operación Masacre" - Spain
"Shinjikêto Kirâ" - Japan (imdb display title)
"Siyah Seytan" - Turkey (Turkish title) (imdb display title)
"Slaughter" - Netherlands (video box title)
"Slaughter - O Homem Impiedoso" - Brazil (imdb display title)
"Slaughter - Uomo mitra" - Italy (imdb display title)
"Slaughter's hævn" - Denmark (imdb display title)
"Slaughter, la pantera negra" - Peru (imdb display title)
"Syndicate Killer" - Japan (English title) (imdb display title)
"To makeleio" - Greece (transliterated ISO-LATIN-1 title)
"Väkivallan mies" - Finland
"Våldets man" - Sweden
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92 min
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Australia:R18+ | Finland:(Banned) (1973) | France:16 | Iceland:16 | Italy:VM18 | Netherlands:18 (original rating) | Norway:18 (video) (1982) | Norway:(Banned) (1973-2003) (cinema release) | Sweden:15 | UK:X | UK:18 (cut) | USA:R | West Germany:18

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One of Jim Brown's three favorite films he starred in: the other two are "The Dirty Dozen" and "Mars Attacks!".See more »
Continuity: After Slaughter runs Hoffo's car off the road, Hoffo's face is covered with blood. When Slaughter shoots the gas tank, and the car is surrounded by fire, Hoffo's face can be seen to have only a little bit of blood on it.See more »
Hoffo:You're obsolete, Mario!See more »
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9 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
Baby, it's Jim Brown...., 9 March 2005
Author: Poseidon-3 from Cincinnati, OH

Somehow, in even the most sleazy, tacky and sordid surroundings, Brown was able to retain a level of dignity and appeal in his movies. This film revels in the various hallmarks of the Blaxpoitation genre, but Brown comes out of it unscathed. He plays a former Green Beret whose parents are killed by the Mob (his father was heavily involved with them.) When he tries to exact revenge, he winds up recruited by Treasury Department official Mitchell to work together in bringing down several mobsters in Mexico. Here, he is aided by Gordon and, to a lesser degree Clark. Alfe is the primary fat cat with Torn as his second in command. Things get complicated and very ugly when Alfe sends Torn's ex-hooker girlfriend (Stevens) to soften up (or harden?) Brown. Brown, though very low-key through most of the film, presents such an amiable presence despite the tawdriness of the material that he makes this film worth watching. His "shoot first, ask questions later" character is somewhat ill-defined, but he gives the film some honor. Gordon does an admirable job as his short, adoring sidekick who wishes he had even a tenth of Brown's magnetism and ability. Torn gives a brooding, slimy, but interesting performance as a racist, vicious thug. Stevens gets a showy dress (and undress!) rehearsal for her memorable role as an ex-prostitute in "The Poseidon Adventure" (filmed just after this.) Her look in this film is precisely the same, though she has some far more adult scenes in this one. Brown's sex scenes with Stevens had to have been quite the eye-openers in 1972 as they still are even today! It's clear that the two had chemistry together and clearly enjoyed their relationship as actors. Alfe (who, oddly, has not one other screen credit to his name) is distinctive and memorable (if, at times, unintentionally funny.) With a Mr. Roarke hairdo and with a voice that may not be the actor's own, he nonetheless does a decent job of presenting a man with power and influence. Mitchell hardly appears and Clark's role is an almost total throwaway (though she has one memorably hilarious exit from an apartment doorway!) This film is not for everyone as it is decidedly politically incorrect with plenty of the "N" word flying around. However, it is filled with interesting lead actors who give their all to their roles and help it to rise above cheaper variations on the genre. A few of the bit players are bad, but they aren't around long in most cases. Only some of the interior shots in hotel rooms or offices betray a lack of budget (with rotten sound and lighting.) There is definite overuse of a fish-eye lens which becomes distracting and is a by-product of the era. Much of the film, though, comes off as pretty slick with a terrific title song, some well-handled action scenes and enough spark in the dialogue to hold one's interest. It's the type of flick where the men refer to each other as "baby" and even "sweetheart" all in the name of that inimitable 1970's funk. It was followed by an even more lurid, but entertaining, sequel.

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