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Trappola diabolica (1988)

Michael Ransom's Vietnam squad leader, Vic Jenkins, is captured by terrorists demanding ten million dollars worth of diamonds in return for his release. Michael, reluctantly aided by local ... See full summary »

Directors:

Bruno Mattei (as Vincent Dawn), Claudio Fragasso (uncredited)

Writers:

Rossella Drudi (screenplay), Rossella Drudi (story) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Credited cast:
Brent Huff ... Michael Ransom
Mary Stavin ... Rosanna Boom
Richard Harris ... Maj. Vic Jenkins
Ottaviano Dell'Acqua ... Jimmy (as Richard Raymond)
Massimo Vanni ... Kelly Sellers (as Alex McBride)
Vic Diaz ... Huan To
Mel Davidson Mel Davidson ... Kramet
Luciano Pigozzi ... Smuggler Leader (scenes deleted) (as Alan Collins)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Najid Jadali Najid Jadali
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Michael Ransom's Vietnam squad leader, Vic Jenkins, is captured by terrorists demanding ten million dollars worth of diamonds in return for his release. Michael, reluctantly aided by local tough-girl Rosanna Boom, is dispatched by the C.I.A. to recapture Jenkins, and put a stop to his heroin-smuggling captors. But not all is as it appears. Written by Scott Lister

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Country:

Italy

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 August 1988 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Comando mercenarios See more »

Filming Locations:

Philippines

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Flora Film See more »
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Mono

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Trappola diabolica (1988) was shot back-to-back with After Death (Oltre la morte) (1989), due to both films having to require the same camera for the two separate productions. See more »

Quotes

Michael Ransom: I've come to kill you.
Vic Jenkins: You can't kill me. You owe me your life.
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Edited into Cop Game (1988) See more »

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Inferior but fun light hearted sequel to a classic
14 March 2012 | by BloodwankSee all my reviews

Well, I would have hoped a director as mighty as Bruno Mattei might be one to break the curse of inferior sequels. Sadly not, but he does his best here with the odds stacked against him. This time around he doesn't have the incomparable Reb Brown, massive amounts of firepower and corresponding bodycount nor hysterical emoting, and his various "inspirations", tend to be lighter (Raiders of the Lost Ark, Romancing the Stone, Lethal Weapon as well as Rambo 2 and other jungle actioners), so really the ultimate product was bound to be flawed, and it is, but it still pretty much rocks so its all good. Brent Huff takes over the Mike Ransom role, and while he lacks the stately magnificence of Reb Brown does a solid job, a smart, rough and tumble tough guy who can come into his own when the going gets hard. Mary Stavin plays a bar owning partner and love interest of sorts, bold, brassy, badass and not to mention beautiful she proves an ideal counterweight to the macho end of the scale. Italian schlock regulars Massimo Vanni and Ottaviano dell'Acqua (Rats: Night of Terror) appear as well, but the most plaudits go to the great Richard Harris. The cosmos only knows what strange wheels turned to put Richard Harris in a Bruno Mattei film but he gives it his all, a turn of authority and dignity forged in total commitment, he plays the material as if it were Oscar worthy and the effect his marvellous, his scenes tremendously entertaining. The star power can't entirely distract from the fact that the film is a bit too light hearted, and doesn't have quite enough action, explosions, wannabe gruelling violence or deranged tilts at pathos to be truly great, there are certainly classy bits (often involving useless ninjas) but overall there's a slightly underpowered feel to things. Still, I can't say as this isn't pretty solid entertainment. You'll laugh, you'll roll your eyes, you may in some small moments feel your pulse start to quicken but most importantly, you'll likely won't feel bored. So worth a watch for fans of this sort of thing.


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