Self Defense

From The Grindhouse Cinema Database

Self Defense (1983, Canada) is a Crime-Thriller film directed by Paul Donovan & Maura O'Connell


Main Details

  • Released in 1983
  • Color
  • Running Time: 84 Min.
  • Production Co: Salter Street Films International
  • Distribution Co: Filmways Australasian Distributors (Australia) (theatrical) | New Line Cinema (1985) (USA) (theatrical)
  • Directed by Paul Donovan & Maura O'Connell
  • Written by Paul Donovan, Marc Vautour
  • Starring Tom Nardini, Brenda Bazinet, Daryl Haney, Terry-David Després, Jack Blum, Keith Knight, Doug Lennox, Jeff Pustil
  • Produced by Michael Donovan, Paul Donovan, Maura O'Connell, John Walsch
  • Original Music by Peter Jermyn, Drew King
  • Cinematography by Les Krizsan
  • Film Editing by Ian McBride

Plot Summary

  • During a police strike in Nova Scotia's capital city, a gang of hoodlums end up unintentionally causing the owner of a gay bar to be killed. This escalates into a string of murders with a lone survivor trying to not be next.

Also Known As

  • Assedio alla città (Italy)
  • L'assedio (Italy)
  • New York 1991 - Nacht ohne Gesetz (Germany)
  • Night Warriors (Netherlands) (video title)
  • Siège (France)


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