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Project: Kill (1976)

Not Rated | | Action, Drama | October 1976 (USA)
A former government assassin flees a mind-control program in the Philippines, pursued by his ex-partner, the local police and Asian gangsters.

Director:

William Girdler

Writers:

Galen Thompson (as Donald G. Thompson), David Sheldon (story by)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Leslie Nielsen ... John Trevor
Gary Lockwood ... Frank Lassiter
Nancy Kwan ... Lee Su
Vic Silayan Vic Silayan ... Chief Insp. Cruz
Vic Diaz ... Alok Lee
Galen Thompson Galen Thompson ... Carl Wagner
Carlos Salazar Carlos Salazar ... Insp. Ortiz
Pamela Parsons Pamela Parsons ... Lynn Walker
Maurice Downs Maurice Downs ... Hook
Franco Zarrate Franco Zarrate ... Lung Set
Louis Florentino Louis Florentino ... Ramon
Henry Salcedo Henry Salcedo ... Business Hood
Mark LeBuse Mark LeBuse ... Herman Kitolis
Ibarro Santos Ibarro Santos ... Hotel Clerk
Romy Blanco Romy Blanco ... Alok's Hood
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Storyline

John Trevor escapes from the military base where he commanded Project: Kill, a mind control experiment that used drugs to create bodyguards and assassins for the United States and makes his way to the Philippines. Soon Trevor finds himself in love with Lee Su and feeling the withdrawal symptoms from the drugs for the mind control that make him very dangerous not only to himself but everyone around him. His former second in command Project: Kill agent Frank Lassiter has been ordered to find him before the with drawl effects become too violent and before he sells out the program. Asian mobster Alok Lee is also after Trevor in the hopes of getting the secrets of Project: Kill. Time is running out for Trevor as the with drawl becomes worse, Lassiter, the Philippine police, and Lee's men close in on him. Written by timdalton007

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Action | Drama

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Country:

USA | Philippines

Language:

English

Release Date:

October 1976 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Guardian See more »

Filming Locations:

Luzon, Philippines See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Released 36 years before Bourne Legacy (2012), another film which has a similar plot elements and was also shot in the Philippines. See more »

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When Carl proposes a toast with Jonathan and Hook, he has a glass in his hand already, but in the next shot he's picking the glass up. See more »

Quotes

John Trevor: [addressing a room full of recruits] Now what you've just seen is a re-enactment of a successful interdiction operation that took place six years ago. Interdiction and protective reaction; those will be your areas of duty. This unit which you're all so hot to become members of, came about because of the events that occurred in the early sixties. It is the only effective means of combating political assassination by the interception and the destruction of the assassin himself.
John Trevor: [he continues] Now, ...
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Referenced in The Bourne Identity (2002) See more »

Soundtracks

The Lonely World
Lyrics by Sid Wayne
Music by Robert O. Ragland
Sung by Pilita Corrales
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Project: boredom
25 February 2012 | by Chase_WitherspoonSee all my reviews

William Girdler made a number of memorable, b-grade action films in his prolific though brief career before his premature death, but "Project: Kill", unfortunately, isn't one for the highlight reel. Nielsen stars as a jaded US military project head, conditioning elite soldiers to become assassins with the aid of drug control. When he escapes to the Philippines to consult with a crippled ex-army buddy (Thompson), his 2IC (Lockwood) follows in pursuit with orders to recover or destroy before other sinister interests learn the project's secrets.

Kwan is terribly wasted playing a Chinese love interest for the programmatic Nielsen, emotionally inert, unable to develop feelings of attraction and love until the drug withdrawal begins to wane and he discovers a human side he'd long neglected. Lockwood is the kung-fu fighting 2IC, another unlikely looking killing machine, while ubiquitous Philippino actors Vic Diaz and Vic Silayan are the villain and the cop respectively, both looking relaxed in their environment.

Girdler's picture aims high but is seriously compromised by its production limitations and fatally stagnant pace. The plot has more holes than a sieve and the action sequences are poorly choreographed and lack intensity. Girdler was indeed a fine, emerging director with some talent, but "Project: Kill" isn't among his best work.


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