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Savage Streets (1984)

A teenage vigilante seeks revenge on a group of violent thugs who raped her handicapped sister and killed her best friend.

Directors:

Danny Steinmann, Tom DeSimone (uncredited)

Writers:

Norman Yonemoto (screenplay), Danny Steinmann (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Linda Blair ... Brenda
John Vernon ... Principal Underwood
Robert Dryer ... Jake
Johnny Venocur Johnny Venocur ... Vince
Sal Landi ... Fargo
Scott Mayer Scott Mayer ... Red
Debra Blee ... Rachel
Lisa Freeman ... Francine Anne Ramirez
Marcia Karr ... Stevie
Luisa Leschin Luisa Leschin ... Maria
Linnea Quigley ... Heather
Ina Romeo ... Stella
Jill Jaxx Jill Jaxx ... Waitress (as Jill Bunker)
Mitch Carter ... Greg
Richard DeHaven Richard DeHaven ... Richie
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Storyline

An altercation between a group of girls out for the night and a gang of local punks leaves the punks vowing revenge. It comes in the form of the gang-rape of a young mute (Heather) and her older sister (Brenda) starts hunting the gang in turn - armed with bear traps and crossbow. Written by David Carroll <davidc@atom.ansto.gov.au>

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Taglines:

SAVAGE STREETS - Where the only rule is "an eye for an eye." See more »


Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 October 1984 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Billy Fine's Savage Streets See more »

Filming Locations:

Burbank, California, USA See more »

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Budget:

$1,200,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (heavily cut)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (CFI)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The BBFC (British Board of Film Classification) demanded a total of 24 minutes worth of cuts to the film before its release in the UK. At the time, the BBFC had a virtually zero tolerance to sexual violence, and the use of a crossbow. See more »

Goofs

Red is wearing a black leather jacket when he and Fargo confront Brenda in the warehouse. After Brenda kills Fargo and Red finds his body, he is still wearing the jacket as he falls upon the bear traps that cause the injuries leading to his death. However, when Jake sees the two strung-up bodies in the warehouse, Red's jacket is gone and he has a bear trap clamping his right forearm. Had Brenda removed Red's jacket afterwards, she would have had to remove the bear trap to do it. See more »

Quotes

Jake: [as he's hovering over Brenda lying on the ground] I am going to cut your heart out and EAT IT!
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Alternate Versions

The film was rejected for cinema in 1984 and later for video in 1986 by the BBFC. It was eventually released in 1987 after nearly 12 minutes of distributor edits which reduced the rape scene and heavily cut the climactic crossbow fight. The BBFC then removed a further 1 min 4 secs from the movie due to public concern over the use of crossbows in the UK. See more »

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Soundtracks

Justice For One
(instrumental)
Written by John Farnham and Sue Shifrin (as Sue Shiffren)
Performed by John Farnham
Produced by Randy Bishop, Wayne Nelson and John Farnham
Engineered by Hanspeter Huber
(C) 1984 Wheatley Music PTY Ltd/Rightsong Music, Inc. and Sookloozy Music BMI Wheatley Sub-published in U.S. by Australian Tumbleweed Music
(P) 1984 MCA Records, Inc.
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Blair's best 80's movie
25 November 2008 | by movieman_kevSee all my reviews

Brenda (Linda Blair), along with her high school friends, feels its a good idea to steal some hoodlum's car & total it after her deaf/mute sister walks into the middle of the road and almost gets hit by them. This doesn't sit well for the decidedly homo-erotic gang of 'bad boys' lead with sadistic panache by Jake, so they decide to rape Brenda's sister which leads to her seeking vengeance in this 80's exploitation staple.

Some might say that this film is simple-minded and while there's truth to that and it's a valid point, this film is also a pretty good piece of trash that wears it's exploitation badge on it's sleeve. I admire that and it's a fun enough seedy little ride that lets me excuse Blair's terribly campy acting throughout. Director Danny Stienmann does a bang-up job and if he'll just do another film of this caliber I promise i'll forgive him for "Friday the 13th: A New Beginning" Oh yeah, and I have to give props to John Vernon, as well, as his part, though rather small, is still greatness.

Eye Candy: Linda Blair, Rebecca Perle, and Suzee Slater get topless; Linnea Quigley shows boobs and a hint of muff (but it's in a very unerotic scene); various extras show tits, ass & bush in the obligatory shower scene

My Grade: B+

BCI's 2-disc set DVD Extras: Disc 1) Audio commentary by director Danny Steinmann; Second commentary by actors Robert Dryer and Sal Landi & director of photography Stephen Posey; & Third commentary by producer John Strong and actors Dryer and Johnny Venocur Disc 2) Interviews with Blair, Quigley, Venocur, Dryer, & Strong; Theatrical trailer for this film; and trailer for "Final Exam"


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