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Stand Alone (1985)

A World War II vet is pushed to the limit when gang members and drug dealers take over his neighborhood.

Director:

Alan Beattie

Writer:

Roy Carlson
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Charles Durning ... Louis Thibadeau
Pam Grier ... Cathryn Bolan
James Keach ... Detective Isgrow
Bert Remsen ... Paddie
Barbara Sammeth ... Meg
Lu Leonard Lu Leonard ... Mrs. Whitehead
Luis Contreras ... Look-Out
Willard E. Pugh ... Macombers
Bob Tzudiker Bob Tzudiker ... Farley
Mary Ann Smith Mary Ann Smith ... Nurse Warren
Cory 'Bumper' Yothers Cory 'Bumper' Yothers ... Gordie
Holly Hardman ... Polly
Duane Tucker Duane Tucker ... Johnnie
Douglas Durning Douglas Durning ... Young Louis
Annie O'Donnell ... Hysterical Woman
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A World War II vet is pushed to the limit when gang members and drug dealers take over his neighborhood.

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The story of a real American hero. See more »

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Action | Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

September 1985 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El último recurso See more »

Filming Locations:

Dallas, Texas, USA

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Texas Star Productions See more »
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Mono

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)
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Gordie: Everybody calls you Mr. Thibadeau. Is that because of what you did in the war?
Louis Thibadeau: No, Gordie, it's because I'm old. Besides that war was a long time ago, nobody remembers it.
Gordie: Paddy does.
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Soundtracks

FLOR DE MAL
Music by Steve Hufsteter & Tito Larriva
Performed by Cruzados
Published by BUG Music
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Fighting for one's turf
20 December 2016 | by lost-in-limboSee all my reviews

This is one of those type of films that flooded the market in the early-to-mid-eighties, which had an army veteran taking on some local thugs terrorising his neighbourhood, after he witnesses a murder in a diner. Sadly there's nothing new here. The same old set-up, but feebly done and not all that involving. Interesting cast works in its favour, but the support players Pam Grier (who had the most resourceful character) and James Keach (at the opposite end of the spectrum) can only do so much. Charles Durning is in the lead. Solid choice; but in saying that, there are too many implausible moments, which makes him stick out like a sore thumb. Not his portrayal, but what it psychically asked from him. I'll tell you he looks much leaner in that movie poster. Just wait around for the barnstorming climax... I found myself chuckling more so often than feeling anything truly threatening and tension induced. Like the phone booth scene. Everything moves at snail's pace and that includes some of Dunning's actions when coming up against these professional gangland killers. While the script might have social commentary evident and be familiarly dramatic, it just wasn't brought across all that convincingly and felt ham-fisted.


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