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Big Zapper (1973)

R | | Adventure | January 1974 (USA)
A female private detective, Harriet Zapper, is hired by a rich old man to find his missing children, and becomes involved in counterfeiting and murder

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Lindsay Shonteff
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Credited cast:
Linda Marlowe ... Harriet Zapper
Richard Monette Richard Monette ... Rock Hard
Gary Hope ... Kono
Sean Hewitt ... Fingers
Michael O'Malley ... Strawberry Jim
Jack May Jack May ... Jeremiah Horn
Penny Irving ... Maggie
Stuart Lock Stuart Lock ... Septimus / Randy Horn
Bobbi Anne Bobbi Anne ... Pandora Horn
Parnell McGarry Parnell McGarry ... Lesbian Rose
William Ridoutt William Ridoutt ... Shawn Cobra
Graham Ashley Graham Ashley ... Mr. Cortina
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Marc Arnall Marc Arnall ... Kono's Boy
Robert Breen Robert Breen ... Kono's Boy
Keith Britto Keith Britto ... Kono's Boy
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A female private detective, Harriet Zapper, is hired by a rich old man to find his missing children, and becomes involved in counterfeiting and murder

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

January 1974 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Big Zapper zahlt mit blauen Bohnen See more »

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Color (Technicolor)

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2.35 : 1
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This movie makes 'Charlie's Angels' look good!
16 July 2004 | by helltopoSee all my reviews

Having caught this movie late one night on cable, I had to see it again just to check if it was as bad as I remembered. It was actually worse. Big Zapper is an attempt to cash in on the 'Kung Fu' craze & also the U.S female action sleaze of Pam Grier & Cheri Caffaro which fails miserably.

Linda Marlowe stars as Harriet Zapper, a private eye who is targeted for elimination by a gangland boss. Ms Marlowe has absolutely no martial arts skills, and the inept director Lindsay Shonteff in the days before CGI has no means of disguising this. - usually she kills her inept opponents with a single limp punch!.

The film features plenty of action, but it's all badly done & the director can't seem to make up his mind whether this is a comedy or a thriller!. One minute she is punching her enemies through walls like a WB cartoon character, the next she's bloodily skewering a guy with a knife.

If the action is badly done, the comedy is even worse, her sidekick being a moron who spends the whole film trying to get her to have sex with him. Big Zapper is 70's British cinema at it's very lowest - the acting and cinematography are laughable & it's a film so bad it isn't even unintentionally funny. Shonteff was also responsible for a couple of equally bad spy spoofs featuring actor Nicky Henson & Gareth (New Avengers) Hunt .

If you are a fan of female action cinema, this has to be seen to be believed, just to make one appreciate Hong Kong cinema & U.S grindhouse even more!.


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