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Blade (1973)

A homicide detective goes after a woman-hating serial killer, who uses knives to murder his victims.

Director:

Ernest Pintoff
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
John Marley ... Tommy Blade
Jon Cypher ... Petersen
Kathryn Walker ... Maggie
William Prince ... Powers
Michael McGuire ... Quincy
Joe Santos ... Spinelli
John Schuck ... Reardon
Peter White ... Freund
Keene Curtis ... Steiner
Karen Machon ... Connors
Raina Barrett Raina Barrett ... Karen Novak
Ted Lange ... Henry Watson
Marshall Efron ... Fat man
Arthur French Arthur French ... Sanchez
Steve Landesberg ... Debaum
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A homicide detective goes after a woman-hating serial killer, who uses knives to murder his victims.

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The Opening Murder Scene Will Kill You ... It Killed Her! See more »

Genres:

Mystery | Thriller

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

December 1973 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Blade - Der Kontrabulle See more »

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Production Co:

Pintoff Productions See more »
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Runtime:

| (video)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Alternate Versions

The American video release from 1982 by Video Gems is a heavily-censored television version of the film. All instances of nudity and most of the violence has been removed with additional moments added to pad out the running time. The opening credits sequence now includes footage shot in 1979 and the opening attack now appears completely off-screen, which means Jeanne Lange's brief role is now almost entirely missing yet she is still credited. See more »

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Referenced in The Big Box: Don't Open the Door (2010) See more »

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Decent enough movie.
4 November 2011 | by Hey_SwedenSee all my reviews

Not bad little cop thriller, not to be confused with the Wesley Snipes vampire movie of 1998, stars John Marley ("Dead of Night", "The Godfather", "The Car") as a remarkably easygoing yet still pretty tenacious detective trailing a brutal killer. Complicating matters is the fact that the initial victim was the daughter of a senator running for re-election, and the senator's aide is determined to keep too many details from leaking to the public.

One thing we notice right up front is that there's no attempt to hide who the killer is, and we basically watch the movie to see how long it will take our protagonist to catch up with us, as he tracks down one lead after another. The movie does get off to an odd start as the opening murder set piece is accompanied by rather unlikely music. The movie has a rather unhurried pace to it, with generally entertaining characters in a fairly twist-laden story, co-written by director Ernest Pintoff (Oscar winner for the animated short "The Critic", and director of such live action features as "Dynamite Chicken" and "Jaguar Lives!") with cult director Jeff Lieberman ("Squirm", "Blue Sunshine").

It is a little tedious at times, but it has its moments too, particularly an interview with a character unsubtly dubbed "Fat Man". There are some sexy ladies on hand, including Karen Machon, Raina Barrett, and Jeanne Lange, and it will be of interest to some that that there are some appreciable topless shots. The score by John Cacavas is well done if a little much at times.

With Pintoff having done quite a bit of work in TV, it's not surprising that so much of the supporting cast contains familiar TV faces: Jon Cypher ('Hill Street Blues') as the killer, Joe Santos ('The Rockford Files'), John Schuck ('McMillan and Wife'), Michael McGuire ('Dark Shadows'), Ted Lange ('The Love Boat'), Steve Landesberg ('Barney Miller'), and Keene Curtis ('Cheers'). Kathryn Walker, as our heros' substantially younger wife, has little to do besides banter with Marley. The film is certainly worth a look for seeing the younger Rue McClanahan and Morgan Freeman in noticeable small parts.

While overall this story - with racial, social and political overtones - is rather forgettable, the movie is still reasonably watchable with the detective taking a fair amount of physical punishment during the finale.

Six out of 10.


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