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Dead End City (1988)

The government's new urban renewal policy results in street gangs fighting for control of the inner cities. While most of the residents flee, one factory owner determines to fight the gangs for his property.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Dennis Cole ... Chief Felker
Gregory Scott Cummins ... Jack Murphy (as Greg Cummins)
Christine Lunde Christine Lunde ... Opal Brand (as Christine Lund)
Robert Z'Dar ... Maximum
Durrell Nelson ... Brett
Ally Downs ... Nancy (as Aleana Downs)
Rob Wuesthoff Rob Wuesthoff ... Malcolm
Johnny Venocur Johnny Venocur ... Paul
Chet Hood Chet Hood ... Lt. Arbuckle
Eric Waterhouse Eric Waterhouse ... Zim (as Eric Ostlund)
Langdon Bensing Langdon Bensing ... Ripp
Todd Eric Andrews Todd Eric Andrews ... Scott (as Todd Andrews)
Steve Eckleberry Steve Eckleberry ... Greg
Don Barber Don Barber ... Goverment Man
Phillip Boardman Phillip Boardman ... Bob Jones
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The government's new "urban renewal" program results in street gangs fighting each other for control of the cities. While most inner-city residents flee from the fighting, a determined factory owner stays where he is and prepares to fight the gangs for control of his building. Written by Anonymous

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

December 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Mono

Color:

Color

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1.85 : 1
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AN EXCELLENT SIEGE THRILLER & THE ORIGINAL PURGE
5 September 2018 | by lukem-52760See all my reviews

This is one hell of a fun Action packed survival siege thriller!!! Similar to Carpenters classic 1976 film Assault on precinct 13 as a small group of ordinary people are hiding out in & boarding up a big old factory like carpenters team did the same but in an old police building so i love that aspect of this movie as i love the survive the night in single place style also used in Trespass (1992),From Dusk Till Dawn (1996),Enemy Territory (1987),Critters (1986),The Green Room (2015) & Prince of Darkness (1987) another Carpenter classic & probably lots more films use that scenario. Dead End City is an excellent 80's movie with suspense scenes & excellent shootout scenes & an over all exciting atmosphere & two very good B-movie stars in the lead we have in the lead of the good guys & factory owner Greg Cummins as Jack Murphy a cool blu collar character who owns his father's factory & won't be pushed out of his property by the gangs or government,he is actually a really well done character & we have the evil boss of the Ratts gang played by Robert Z'dar (Maniac Cop,1988) Who is a great 80's villain character actor!!! Another great part that stands out is the excellent pure 80's synthesized elecro musical score it's one of the best I've heard for a low budget flick like this!!! I can also see where the whole PURGE idea came from in this movie with it's urban renewal & corrupted government undertone at the heart of this story all about getting rid of the poor or "bad" people & destroying their homes & building again to exactly how the government wants it, yep it's all in this excellent Thriller so many layered bits it's not a typical mad max gangs take over style flick it's so much more & very relevant even more so today just like the recent Purge Franchise!!! Dead End City is an excellent thriller & one of the best from the 80's vault of straight to video flicks,i know there's lots like this but not many as well made or as layered as this!!! This is an absolute Gem of a film,it's very exciting & action packed & has one of the best 80's music scores I've ever heard it's excellent!!! This also makes for great late night entertainment


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