Slaughter

Slaughter

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  • Listen to a "Slaughter" radio spot!
  • "Slaughter Main Theme" by Billy Preston

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Also Known As

  • Masacre (Mexico)
  • Operación Masacre (Spain)
  • Slaughter uomo mitra (Italy)
  • Väkivallan mies (Finland)
  • Våldets man (Sweden)

Taglines

  • Slaughter will blow your mind... clean out of your head!
  • It's not only his name it's his business and sometimes--his pleasure!
  • Get Slaughter! - The Fuzz had a warrant. The mob had a contract. But Slaughter had a belly gun, four grenades an an automatic rifle ... and the best defense is an attack!

Main Details

  • Released in 1972
  • Color
  • Running Time: 91 Min.
  • Production Co: American International Pictures (AIP) | Slaughter
  • Distribution Co: American International Pictures (AIP) (1972) (USA) (theatrical) | Anglo-EMI Film Distributors (1973) (UK) (theatrical) | MGM-EMI (1973) (UK) (theatrical)

Cast and Crew

  • Directed by Jack Starrett
  • Written by Mark Hanna, Don Williams
  • Starring Jim Brown, Stella Stevens, Rip Torn, Cameron Mitchell, Don Gordon, Marlene Clark
  • Produced by Samuel Z. Arkoff, Monroe Sachson, Don Williams
  • Original Music by Luchi De Jesus
  • Cinematography by Rosalío Solano
  • Film Editing by Renn Reynolds

Film Review

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Ex-Green Beret, Mr. Slaughter (Jim Brown) finds out that his parents have been killed in a car-bomb. Slaughter knew his dad had mob connections, but his mother didn't. Nevertheless, Slaughter's out for blood. But the Treasury Department wants to join in on the fun since the baddies that they're after are not only responsible for the hit, but just for the usual underworld business. The trail leads to Mexico where the head honcho, Mario Felice (Norman Alfe) and his #1 goon, Dominic Hoffo (Rip Torn) reside. And just to get this out of the way, Dominic is your typical slimey, honkey. Slaughter is paired with agents Kim (Marlene Clark) and "Marcus" (Don Gordon), but he also gets his libido a workout when Dominic's lady, Ann (Stella Stevens) is sent to spy on Slaughter. And wouldn't you know it? Ann ends up falling deep in love Slaughter! Everything soon concludes rather nicely once the bullets and the explosions close out the show.

This being one of the early action-packed blaxploitation titles, it's good to know that this one doesn't disappoint. Jack Starret's direction is rather crisp and never providing a dull moment, despite everything being by-the-numbers. Though there's nothing earth-shattering about Jim Brown's performance, he does good enough with what he's given. And I'd also like to give props to Don Gordon. You loved to hate him in The Mack, but you'll grow to love him as Slaughter's sidekick. Kudos also goes to the design of the opening credits-sequence along with Billy Preston's smashing title-song. You can't honestly ask for a better set-up for some modest blaxploitation-action fun.

Reviewed by Laydback - 1/8/08

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