R | | Action, Drama, Thriller
A professional killer comes out of retirement to investigate and avenge the brutal murder of an old friend.
Fielder Cook was announced as being the director of this movie in the 12th March 1983 edition of 'Screen International', but in the end, the film's director was J. Lee Thompson, this being announced about a week or six days later in the 18th March 1983 edition of show-business trade paper 'Daily Variety'.
Hey, mister, do you want some dope?
Cripple: I said, dope. Do you want any?
Holland: Do you have elephant?
Holland: Do you have Mingtoydop?
Holland: I guess you don't.
At the start of a car chase where Holland lets Rhiana drive, a part of Rhiana's skirt gets caught in the door as she closes it, but it is free in subsequent shots.
Writers R. Lance Hill and David Lee Henry are the same person. Hill was given the chance to adapt his own novel but used the pseudonym David Lee Henry. His work on the script was eventually written out by John Crowther, though the pseudonym of Henry still received a credit.
The original UK cinema version was cut by 52 secs by the BBFC with a further 10 secs being cut from the video release. The electricity torture scene was very heavily edited and the film also suffered cuts from the opening fight in the bar and assorted gunshot wounds. All BBFC cuts were restored in the 2007 Network DVD release, though the print used is the U.S R-rated version and missing brief blood spurts from the shooting of Briggs and Randolph's gory death.
$4,538,400 23 September 1984