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Terminal Island (1973)

It's every man and woman for himself on an island where convicted murderers are dumped, rather than kept in prison.

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Stephanie Rothman

Writers:

James Barnett (as Jim Barnett), Charles S. Swartz | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Don Marshall ... A.J. Thomas
Phyllis Davis ... Joy Lang
Ena Hartman Ena Hartman ... Carmen Simms
Marta Kristen ... Lee Phillips
Barbara Leigh ... Bunny Campbell
Randy Boone ... Easy
Sean Kenney ... Bobby
Tom Selleck ... Dr. Norman Milford
Roger E. Mosley ... Monk
Geoffrey Deuel ... Chino
Ford Clay Ford Clay ... Cornell
Jo Morrow ... Newswoman
Clyde Ventura Clyde Ventura ... Dylan
Frank Christi Frank Christi ... Roy Teale
James Whitworth ... Vander
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Storyline

In the wake of a Supreme Court decision to outlaw the death penalty, California passes an initiative that designates San Bruno island as a dumping spot for first-degree murder convicts, free to do what they like except leave. The main camp of convicts is controlled by the tyrannical Bobby, who rules with an iron hand, and the women are used as sex slaves. A.J. and a group of more free-minded murderers have escaped and gone into hiding. When A.J. and his men liberate the women from Bobby's custody, tensions mount to an all-out confrontation for control of the island. Written by Ed Sutton <esutton@mindspring.com>

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No one here gets out alive. See more »

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Action | Drama | Thriller

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 June 1973 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Terminal Island See more »

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Production Co:

Dimension Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

In addition to Tom Selleck and Roger E. Mosley later starring in Magnum, P.I. (1980), Phyllis Davis also guest starred in eight episodes of Magnum, P.I. (1980), mostly in the last season as character "Cleo Mitchell". See more »

Goofs

After a knife fight where a man is killed by a thrust to the chest, the corpse subsequently has no knife hole in his shirt. See more »


Soundtracks

It's Too Damn Bad
Written by Jerry Styner (uncredited)
Sung by Jeff Thomas
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Had a Pretty Good Premise to Build Upon
30 January 2015 | by Uriah43See all my reviews

This movie takes place in the near future after a Supreme Court decision that has outlawed all capital punishment which leaves the state of California forced to subsidize the incarceration of murderous criminals for the rest of their lives. Rather than accept this enormous loss of revenue a solution is adopted which exiles all of them to an uninhabited island where they are forced to fend for themselves with no assistance from the outside except a boat which delivers a small amount of provisions every so often. It's during this time that a female prisoner named "Carmen" (Ena Hartman) is sentenced to spend the rest of her life on this island. When she gets there she discovers that the male population out-numbers the females by a ratio of over 10 to 1 and as a result the few women there are reduced to physical and sexual slavery. Now rather than reveal any more of this movie and risk ruining it for those who haven't seen it I will just say that this film had a pretty good premise to build upon and succeeds to a limited extent more or less. That said, while some of the scenarios weren't that realistic the actors performed adequately enough and the movie at least managed to keep my attention for the most part. Accordingly, I rate it as slightly above average.


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