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Raw Force (1982)

A group of martial arts students are en route to an island that supposedly is home to the ghosts of martial artists who have lost their honor. A Hitler lookalike and his gang are running a ... See full summary »

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Edward D. Murphy (as Edward Murphy)

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Edward D. Murphy (as Edward Murphy)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Cameron Mitchell ... Capt. Harry Dodds
Geoffrey Binney Geoffrey Binney ... Mike O'Malley (as Geoff Binney)
Hope Holiday ... Hazel Buck
Jillian Kesner ... Cookie Winchell (as Jillian Kessner)
John Dresden ... John Taylor
Jennifer Holmes Jennifer Holmes ... Ann Davis
Rey Malonzo ... Go Chin (as Rey King)
Carla Reynolds Carla Reynolds ... Eilleen Fox
Carl Anthony Carl Anthony ... Lloyd Davis
John Locke John Locke ... Gary Schwartz
Mark Tanous Mark Tanous ... Cooper
Ralph Lombardi ... Thomas Speer
Chanda Romero ... Mayloo
Camille Keaton ... Girl In Toilet
Lin Lin Li ... Gun Moll (as Maggie Lee)
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A group of martial arts students are en route to an island that supposedly is home to the ghosts of martial artists who have lost their honor. A Hitler lookalike and his gang are running a female slavery operation on the island as well. Soon, the two groups meet and all sorts of crazy things happen which include cannibal monks, piranhas, zombies, and more! Written by Josh Pasnak <chainsaw@intouch.bc.ca>

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Once on the island the excitement and horror begins. See more »


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R | See all certifications »

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Country:

Philippines | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 July 1982 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Raw Force See more »

Filming Locations:

Philippines

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Production Co:

Ansor International See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Director Edward D. Murphy choreographed the big fight scene in the bar. See more »

Goofs

The driver backs the truck into a metal awning in front of the building, even going so far as to shake the awning, but in the next scene the truck is several feet away from it. See more »

Quotes

Girl In Cabin: [while stripping down to her underwear] I took this cruise to get myself out of the country.
Steve: Why?
Girl In Cabin: There's a stupid little murder warrant out for my arrest
[throws her underwear over her shoulder, then lays down on the bed, completely nude, on her stomach]
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'To be Continued ...' appears at the end of the film. (but as of 2009, no sequel has ever materialized) See more »

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Unpleasant exploitation film has a few laughs along with plenty of violence.
27 March 1999 | by ChoiBabySee all my reviews

Three intrepid martial artists (Geoff Binney, John Dresden, John Locke) plan to relieve some stress and enjoy a jaunty vacation by joining a lovely singles cruise to the islands located by the South China Sea. Unwittingly, the crew aboard this luxurious liner manned by a loquacious skipper (Cameron Mitchell) and his strident, pessimistic wisecracking "partner," Hazel Buck (Hope Holiday) is lured into an oblivious locale known as the "Warriors Island." What's even worse, this seemingly taciturn location is inhabited by a sect of hungry monks who crave the flesh of the living virgins. As well, the Warriors Island contains the burial ground of many of history's most violent and notorious martial artists who have been condemned for their dearth of honor. To escalate the quandary even further, these avaricious monks, never satiated with enough fresh and blood, plan to use their black magic to raise the living dead and create an army of indomitable killing machines...

Besides encountering piranhas and zombies and maniacal, cannibalistic monks, Mitchell's crew must contend with yet another antagonist, Dr. Speer (Ralph Lombardi), who speaks with a very horrendous (and probably fabricated) German accent. The three main martial artists have only their wits (as always) and their athletic prowess against a multitude of flesh eating zombie martial arts experts. The distressed characters must escape this island before their nightmarish scenarios end with...just their deserts...

RAW FORCE was one of the stupidest films ever made! Atrociously stereotypical and misogynistic, RAW FORCE elicited a lot of repulsion out of the audience. This film contained pseudo-martial arts sequences and as same battle scenes were virtually reiterated throughout the film, an interesting premise eventually became worn out and tedious. The lighting effects were also unbearable. At times, the film was nearly impossible to watch for the darkness of nighttime background almost completely covered a few highlighted battles between the forces of good and evil. As for the performances, the novice thespians in this film were completely stagnant, lacking enthusiasm, and the humor failed most of the time.

That, having been said, RAW FORCE has its moments as a tongue-in-cheek superficial, cheaply made thriller. RAW FORCE was indeed a very, very bizarre motion picture. You want the quintessential cult film? Well, RAW FORCE has it all...from naked caged women and to undead martial artists, man-eating fish, a Bruce Lee (or Jackie Chan) impersonator (Rey King) and even including hordes of those diabolical monks who can manipulate the kung-fu fighting zombies. The odd assortment of goofy characters will stupefy even the most die hard exploitation fans.

RAW FORCE puts too much effort attempting to be funny. Instead, this film unwisely protrudes its roots of ineptitude. I giggled at the overall inanity of this dull production. Strange, perverted, and disgusting. This film is truly a gross out and not for all tastes.

Mark my words, I was rolling on the floor, laughing out loud by the time this film was finished. The director/screenwriter of RAW FORCE, Edward D. Murphy (HEATED VENGEANCE) couldn't decide if he wanted this flick to be a parody or a conventional gore movie. This flaw was evident as RAW FORCE was inconsistent of its structure. Perpetually corny, see this film only to laugh out loud at its amateurish style. DO NOT expect to see anything remotely erudite in this movie! Still...this film is fun...in a junky sort of way.

RATING: *1/2 out of ****.


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