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Phantom Raiders (1988)

Deep within the tropical jungles of Vietnam is a Vietcong terrorist training camp, run by an ex green beret, william marshal. A photographer is caught spying on them and executed, but his ... See full summary »

Director:

Sonny Sanders

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Timothy Jorge (screenplay), Timothy Jorge (story) | 2 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Miles O'Keeffe ... Python Lang (as Miles O'Keefe)
Don Holtz Don Holtz
Anthony East Anthony East
Kenneth Peerless Kenneth Peerless
Jim Moss Jim Moss
Mike Monty Mike Monty ... Colonel Marshall
David Anderson David Anderson
Andy Joseph Andy Joseph
Colin McLaren Colin McLaren
Mike Wilson Mike Wilson
Francis Harrow Francis Harrow ... (as Frank Harrow)
Karen Roberts Karen Roberts
Marvin Bund Marvin Bund ... (as Marvin Boone)
Frank Wannack Frank Wannack ... (as Frank Wannak)
James McKenzie James McKenzie ... Escaped Prisoner (as Jim McKenzie)
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Deep within the tropical jungles of Vietnam is a Vietcong terrorist training camp, run by an ex green beret, william marshal. A photographer is caught spying on them and executed, but his photos return to Washington. The CIA send a commando team to rescue him, but one of the terrorists is William Marshall's son! Written by Michael Meilak

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The script was a mere 30 pages in length. The average movie script is around 120 pages. See more »

Goofs

After the re con team is caught, they are forced to fight to the death. After the fist solder is killed by the wooden spikes going into his back, he is pulled off and tossed to the ground. When this happened there are no wounds on his back or blood. See more »

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Only for---I don't know who this movie is for
22 January 2007 | by skinnyjoeymerlinoSee all my reviews

Back in 1992 B-movie action hero Miles O'Keefe was interviewed on TMC's Joe Bob Brigg's Drive-In Theatre. Briggs mentioned Phantom Raiders, a Filipino movie notable for having a 30 page script, the average movie script being around 120 pages. O'Keefe said he was told "Don't worry about the script, we'll fill up it up with action. We'll fill up the rest of the pages with action." Briggs said he hadn't seen the movie and asked did they fill up the rest of the pages with action to which O'Keefe replied "I don't know, I never saw the movie either! All I remember was being handed a machine gun and running through the jungle and shooting this machine gun and Filipinos dying all the time. I don't remember anything about a story." Miles' memory was accurate, because that's pretty much all the movie is. An apparent attempt to fuse the traditional Filipino girls-in-bikinis-with-machine-guns genre with the Reagan-era cold-war action flick; this Rambo rip-off features O'Keefe killing Filipino extras for 85 tedious minutes and almost no dialogue. The film is dated 1988 but it has the look and feel of a movie from the 1970s. Interior scenes are poorly lit so it's kind of difficult to view what's going on when characters are indoors. Exteriors are supposed to represent a Communist terrorist training camp in Vietnam but are probably around ten acres of Filipino jungle. Dubbing of the actors' voices isn't quite in sync with mouth movement, giving the impression of a foreign language film even though the actors are speaking English.

A bare-bones Region Zero DVD was released in Hong Kong by Digiview Entertainment recently, O'Keefe is credited with the wrong character on the jacket. It's available either from Hong Kong sellers on ebay or maybe from street vendors who don't speak English in the Chinatowns of major American cities. It's not clear if this movie ever had a theatrical or video release before now, Digiview probably found a master tape gathering dust in a warehouse somewhere and Miles O'Keefe probably wishes it stayed there. The rating for this is 1 out of a possible 10, solely because IMDb doesn't allow for no stars..


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Country:

Philippines | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 July 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

American Force See more »

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