An old friend of a private detective is murdered. The detective, Mike Hammer, will make every effort to find out the killer. At each step he does, there is someone taking advantage of his progress.
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He was only a private eye - but he wanted to be the judge and jury as well. [Video]
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22 April 1982 (West Germany)
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Gross USA: $1,515,578
Cumulative Worldwide Gross: $1,515,578
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Aspect Ratio: 1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?
The film was originally filmed in the 2:35.1 anamorphic widescreen aspect ratio by cinematographer Andrew Laszlo
when production began and Larry Cohen
was directing the film. When Cohen was let go as director, replacement director Richard T. Heffron
shot in the more economical 1:85.1 ratio, as he was also more comfortable in that format. A few scenes Cohen shot did end up in the final film, but were cropped from their original aspect ratio, as in the film's opening sequence when Hammer is making love to the woman he was hired to spy on. See more
When Hammer has coffee with Kalecki on the rooftop, the position of Hammer's coffee cup handle changes between camera angles in the same scene. See more
Are you two alike in every way?
Not exactly. I have a strawberry birthmark.
Oh, I can't see it. I have to go on other people's word.
The UK cinema version was cut by the BBFC and the 1986 video was cut further (totalling 4 minutes in total) with edits to a scene of Kendricks tracing a knife across a woman's body, and heavy cuts to a scene at an orgy where he terrorizes and tortures 2 female twins with a razor. See more