Ooooh yes! This was a fantastic, sleazy action movie directed by Simon Nuchtern.
Aqua Dulce is a small desert town in Texas, filled with crazy people:
The town sheriff (Leo Gordon) is a fun old man who has never shot anyone. The Deputy Joe Bob (Lewis Van Bergen) is a real lunatic, always looking for a fight. The Mayor/Reverend (Richard Lynch) is a sleazy fella. No ladies should go to his church. You can also see all kinds of weird people wandering around.
In the heart of the town there´s a bar called TOMKAT hosted by easy lady called Rachel (Karen Black).
The only decent family living in Aqua Dulce seems to be the Rand family. Tick (George Kennedy) and his children Katie (Claudia Udy) and Danny (Michael Sharrett).
Enter Stryker (Lance Henriksen), former war buddy with Tick, coming to meet his old pal and his family.
At the same time a crazy motorcycle gang Savages is nearby and soon all hell´s gonna break loose. Gangleader Pigiron (William Forsythe) is a funny, ultra sleazy dude and the gang is a real crazy and wicked bunch.
Lance ready to rock´n roll.
I loved the cast and enjoyed every second of the film. Henriksen is ultracool and has at least 10 different ways to kill the gangmembers.
Indeed one hell of a throwback to the good old days when some movies actually delivered the goods of nasty exploitative violence while still being very entertaining at the same time. Bigger budget actioners in the second half of the 80's really didn't have the same 'edge', but proved to be more popular to a mainstream audience (for example Lethal Weapon and Die Hard).
I saw Savage Dawn many years ago in a German dubbed version, and currently i have it on dvd from US company Image-Entertainment, who released it a couple of years ago in a triple disc set which also included Caged Fury (the Erik Estrada movie, not the Cirio Santiago one) as well as Drug Traffikers (which is a retitled version of the Italian actioner released in Europe as Thunder or Thunder Warrior). Unfortunately the quality is way below dvd standards, and obviously doesn't have the same charm as that gorgeous Dutch rental tape !
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.... has green eyes as well....
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Yes, i ´ve heard that the quality is below par on that release. I would love to see the Thunder flicks again. The dude who renamed the movie Drug Traffikers must have been under the influence
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i had a feeling you'd like savage dawn atomik,really fun low budget action flick with one hell of a cast,richard lynch as the pervy priest definitely has a sinister look about him,remember him as rostov in invasion usa,he was pretty evil in that.
trouble for him was he was up against the chuckster and chucky said to him "hi i'm chucky wanna play,i'll be your friend till the end, hidey-ho!" and then blows him away .
oops wrong chucky.
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