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Armed Response (1986)

One of Tanaka's underlings has stolen a rare statuette that he had planned to use as a peace offering between the local Yakusa and Chinese Tong. He hires two private investigators to ... See full summary »

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Fred Olen Ray

Writers:

T.L. Lankford (screenplay), Paul Hertzberg (from a story by) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
David Carradine ... Jim Roth
Lee Van Cleef ... Burt Roth
Mako ... Akira Tanaka
Lois Hamilton ... Sara Roth
Ross Hagen ... Cory Thorton
Brent Huff ... Tommy Roth
Laurene Landon ... Deborah
Dick Miller ... Steve
Burr DeBenning ... Lt. Sanderson (as Burr De Benning)
Michael Berryman ... F.C.
David Goss David Goss ... Clay Roth
Dah-ve Chodan Dah-ve Chodan ... Lauren Roth (as Dah've Seigler)
Conan Lee ... Kon Ozu
Sam Hiona Sam Hiona ... Jackie Hong
Bob Hevelone Bob Hevelone ... Nate (as Bob Hevilon)
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Storyline

One of Tanaka's underlings has stolen a rare statuette that he had planned to use as a peace offering between the local Yakusa and Chinese Tong. He hires two private investigators to exchange ransom money to recover the statuette, but the trade goes down bad and Clay Roth is killed. This angers Roth's brothers and father, all combat veterans, and they go after the people responsible. Written by Ed Sutton <esutton@mindspring.com>

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Father and son seek revenge in a violent world of ruthless criminals. See more »

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Action | Crime | Thriller

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 October 1986 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Armed Response See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Budget:

$1,500,000 (estimated)
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Production Co:

Cinetel Films See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The song that plays during the scene where Jim is in the club and asking Anna (Bobbie Bresee) where he can find Cory is "Feel Me", The Flix. See more »

Goofs

The getaway car that F.C. takes is a mid '80s Ford LTD sedan, yet it changes to a late '70s model when he is chased by the police. See more »

Quotes

Clay Roth: Tanaka's a respected businessman.
Burt Roth: He's a two-bit thug in a three-piece suit.
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Alternate Versions

This title was released uncut in the UK in 2001 after previous BBFC cuts to remove an ear-clap. See more »

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Referenced in Best of the Worst: Our VHS Collection (2019) See more »

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KICKS
Written by Ricky Phillips (as Rick Phillips) and Tane McClure (as Tane Cain)
Performed by Tane McClure (as Tane Cain)
Produced by Ricky Phillips, Tane McClure (as Tane Cain) & Mugs Cain
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Typical expected response of B grade, with men armed for action
12 February 2014 | by videorama-759-859391See all my reviews

Here's your typical B grade, run around action pic that does deliver, in action, only it has good actors in it, or wastes good actors. It is, I dare say an interesting pic with some real heartless and nasty baddies, male or female. Two brothers, and his father, Lee Van Cleef, of all people, the most wasted star here, are all combat veterans, who avenge the death of their other family member, the third brother who got into some shady dealings with these really bad people, led by Tanaka (Asian icon-Mako) The late brother was also double crossed by a partner (Hagen) who at the end, Carradine gives a double meaning to the term surface. We're off to a great start when one of Tanaka's guys apologizes for dishonouring him, by cutting off one of his fingers, which the that tall bald headed goof Michael Berryman picks up, smiling at it. There are some unintentionally moronic lines I just found funny, or as if in "You've heard this all or saw it all before in many other pics, it's mundane". Some funny moments occur in that torture scene, where the second brother openly defends his family honour, stating how all of them were proud to be vets. The torture scene too which includes a mysterious middle aged Asian woman, we don't know anything about (there's always a mysterious figure in these scenes you never see again, it's eerie, as never more here) assisting in a some poison needle torture, where soon the brother count is down to one. It's then up to man (Van Cleef) and son (Carradine) to avenge the dead. I really liked Carradine in this who as an actor, led a very private life and had closeted publicity. Here his character, Jim, has violent 'Nam' flashbacks that trigger momentary anger if provoked, as displayed in one early scene of family gathering, a nice touch as in the family bit, which you get to know too, a bit more later. Armed Response has pretty much what you expect, though I do say, I enjoyed it more I thought an I would, which as an action pic, does pack a punch, but again it falls into that so so mundane, or moronic type, ala Chuck Norris territory. No surprise too, Corman great, Dick Miller shows up in this.


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