Tag Archives: 1980s

Firecracker / Naked Fist (1981) Cirio H. Santiago, Jillian Kesner, Darby Hinton, Rey Malonzo, Action, Drama, Thriller

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Martial arts expert Susanne arrives in the Philippines in search of her missing sister. After a little homework, she infiltrates an dope peddling organization and falls for the mob’s top ass-kicker, only to find out her sister isn’t missing, but dead, and her new beau’s behind it! Revenge is sweet in this Cirio Santiago film with a surprising amount of brutal impalements, not to mention a buzzsaw to the face and some sexy knife action. Our girl Susanne gets attacked at the worst times, too. She fights a group of thugs in her underwear TWICE, eventually going topless with her fists of fury still a-flyin’!

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American Dreamer (1984) Rick Rosenthal, JoBeth Williams, Tom Conti, Giancarlo Giannini, Comedy, Crime, Romance

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Frustrated housewife/writer Cathy Palmer ghostwrites a story about Rebecca Ryan, a dashing international spy, and wins a trip to Paris. While there, she is involved in an accident, and awakens in the hospital believing she IS Rebecca Ryan. Much craziness ensues as she meets the writer of the Rebecca Ryan books, thwarts real international spies, and eventually gets her memory back.

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Rosa Luxemburg (1986) Margarethe von Trotta, Barbara Sukowa, Daniel Olbrychski, Otto Sander, Biography, Crime, Drama

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Wronke Prison, 1916. Social democrat Rosa Luxemburg faces a mock execution. Twenty years earlier, Rosa’s political gifts are acknowledged by everyone, as she struggles for democratic government in Germany and revolution in Poland. There she works closely with Leo Jogiches. Their political activity creates some difficulty for their personal relationship… As international tensions rise, Rosa makes speeches denouncing war and militarism. She seems too radical for her fellow Socialists. She meets Karl Liebknecht. When World War I begins, Rosa and Karl are united in opposition…

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