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Light Blast (1985)

Colpi di luce (original title)
A crazed physician invents a death ray and threatens to destroy San Francisco unless he is paid $10 million.


Enzo G. Castellari


Enzo G. Castellari, Tito Carpi (as Titus Carpenter)

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Erik Estrada ... Inspector Ronn Warren
Ennio Girolami ... Dr. Yuri Soboda (as Thomas Moore)
Michael Pritchard Michael Pritchard ... Swann
Peggy Rowe ... Jacqueline
Bob Taylor Bob Taylor
Massimo Vanni ... Policeman in Warehouse
Louis Geneva Louis Geneva
Thaddeus Golas Thaddeus Golas
Robert Paul Weiss Robert Paul Weiss
Sheldon Feldner Sheldon Feldner
John X. Heart John X. Heart
Brad James Brad James
Steven Kravitz Steven Kravitz
Julie Conners Julie Conners
Cyril Clayton Cyril Clayton


A crazed physician invents a death ray and threatens to destroy San Francisco unless he is paid $10 million.

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It can destroy a city...and perhaps the word. (sic) See more »


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Release Date:

13 August 1985 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Light Blast See more »

Filming Locations:

San Francisco, California, USA

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Production Co:

Faso Film, Metro See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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8 stuntmen were seriously injured during the filming of this movie due to lack of the implementation of safety regulations See more »

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It's a (light) Blast!
21 July 2014 | by BezenbySee all my reviews

Ah! I've been after this one for years. Nobody's going to accuse Enzo Castellari of being high brow or filling his films with attacks on Roman Catholic dogma or thinly veiled metaphors about the futility of human endeavour, but action wise, this guy's untouchable. Light Blast is no exception. Car chases, gun fights, gore, car chases, explosions, car chases, this film has the lot. Especially car chases.

Thomas Moore (aka Ennio Girolami, the now sadly departed brother of Enzo) is a crazy scientist with an even crazier light weapon that he uses a couple of times (causing folk to melt ala the ending of Raiders of the Lost Ark), and is now blackmailing the city of San Francisco. Cop Erik Estrada (King Worm from Adventure Time) is on the case, which mainly involves chasing after Moore's hired goons and graphically killing them, or tailing them using various vehicles to buildings and killing them there, or chasing hoaxers in cars causing death and destruction.

We first see Estrada during a hostage crisis where he turns up in the buff carrying a turkey with a gun inside it. This was the first indication to me that Enzo wasn't taking this one too seriously. That, and when Estrada jumps on the back of a pick up truck, thrusts his badge into the driver's face and says "Follow that car" and does this several times until we see a motorcyclist dropping him off outside of a henchman's place, which leads to the awesome 'fight in a mortuary scene'.

Basically Erik gets into a three way fight with one of Moore's hired goons (hired goons?) and a crazy nurse who kicks him in the knackers about 100 times. Fantastic.

Although there's…kind of not much plot to speak of, Light Blast is jam packed full of the stuff brain dead Italian action fans want to see, so you're not going to hear any complaints from me, because I'm a brain dead Italian action fan. As long as people are shooting at each other or things are blowing up, I won't get confused. This is another winner from Enzo – I've still not seen a bad film by him. Good music too, from the De Angelis brothers.

Massimo Vanni fans take note: Massimo's cameo lasts long as these words, uttered by me during the film: "Ah, there's Massimo. I wonder how long it will take him to get killed? Well, there he goes."

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