Victims Take the Law into their Own Hands!
This is the fully uncut International print, running
It contains some German language scenes which are included with English
original American title:
known as: DEATH BLOW and CRY FOR JUSTICE and LETHAL
starring: Frank Stallone · Lisa London · Marcia Karr · Donna Denton
· Martin Landau · Beverly Hart
American/German co-production - helmed by German director Raphael Nussbaum
- is a notoriously sleazier version of THE
RAPE SQUAD (which was unleashed on American Drive-ins 15 years
prior). While the plot is similar [rape victims taking law into their
own hands] the execution is broader with more emphasis on the 'injustice
of it all.' For this one, a young prosecutor named Judy London becomes
a rape victim herself while representing an unfortunate young woman
who had been attacked by two spoiled rich kids. However, those two boys
aren't the only rapists in this film. As it turns out, most every male
in the movie has sexual assault on his mind, including a vicious thug
in a Halloween mask. Judy learns that the law doesn't necessarily protect
the innocent, so she joins a victims support group to demand justice.
After their protests fall on deaf ears, they decide to retaliate by
tracking down the attackers and marking them [on the butt] with a branding
iron that says RAPE! (see image below, left).
a 1992 interview (The Tonight Show), Martin Landau said this
film was his most embarrassing moment as an actor. Apparently, he forgot
about his role in The Harlem Globetrotters on Gilligan's Island
(1981) or the time he played an Apache Indian
on TV's General Electric Theater (1959).
But his complaint is well-founded given the politically incorrect texture
of this movie.
co-production; fullscreen format, uncut (94 minutes),
DVD encoded for ALL REGION NTSC WORLD FORMAT; extras include selected