Directed by: Edward D. Murphy
Starring: Richard Hatch, Michael J. Pollard, Jolina Mitchell-Collins, Robert Walker, Dennis Patrick, Mills Watson, and Cameron Dye
Lt. Joe Hoffman (Hatch) is a Vietnam veteran
who, many years after the end of the war, decides to go back to the
“Golden Triangle” to find his lost love, Michelle Twassoon
(Mitchell-Collins). She was an interpreter during the war, and they fell
in love. They even had a precocious, squeaky-voiced son together. But
trouble looms for Hoffman in the form of Larry Bingo (Max) - yes, LARRY
BINGO is his name. He’s a disgraced army dude who was kicked out of the
service for raping one of the locals back during the war. Now he’s a
drug runner along with his compatriots Snake (Pollard) and Bandit (Dye).
Coincidentally, they run into Hoffman now, in the present day, and,
seeing as how Hoffman was Bingo’s commanding officer, and was largely responsible for his dishonorable discharge, Bingo now wants revenge.
kidnaps Hoffman and stashes him away deep in
their jungle hideout. However, Hoffman escapes and has to shoot his way
out. Meanwhile, Charlie Pope (Patrick), a toilet salesman (it just
keeps getting better and better, doesn’t it?) teams up with Michelle and
her son to try and find Hoffman. Will these star-crossed lovers ever
Okay. For a movie called "Heated Vengeance”
and with a tagline like “Lt. Hoffman thought the war was over. He was
wrong!”, and with the fact that it was shot primarily in the Philippines
and released by Media, one would think this would be a no-brainer
awesome action movie. Sadly, there is little heat, minimal vengeance,
and a lot of unnecessary talking and stupidity. Technically, there is
some mild vengeance, as Hoffman must shoot some of his captors, and Richard Hatch throws his hatch into the ring as being yet another jungle-adaptive action hero, but this is a drama/love story with mild action elements. It uses the Vietnam war as background.
Imagine a less-good Final Mission (1984) or First Blood (1982). Or a REALLY degraded Deadly Prey (1987).
Everything about this movie is a letdown, from Hoffman’s strange son,
to the slow pace, to a botched use of a flamethrower to the choice of
naming the main antagonist “Bingo”.
Naturally, the VHS box
prominently displays the flamethrower, and mistakenly labels Bingo as
“Binko” but who really cares anyway, it’s stupid both ways. The ending
is completely abrupt and feels unfinished, like they had to release it
that day and didn’t get to finish editing, or even shooting the complete
movie. That just adds to the unfulfilling feel of Heated Vengeance. To
add insult to injury, the ever-wacky Michael J. Pollard
can’t save the movie with his childlike mush-mouthiness and there’s
even further silliness with “comedic” sound effects and tuba music at
Like many AIP movies, the featured song is
far better than the movie
itself, and high marks go to Jim Price and his song “Second Chances”.
But this one good aspect can’t support the entire movie. It’s all down
hill from there.
Heated Vengeance is a pretty cut-and-dry disappointment.
Comeuppance Review by: Ty and Brett