Directed by: Fernando Di Leo
Starring: Harrison Muller Jr., Carole Andre, Danika La Loggia, Woody Strode, and Henry Silva
Back when they were all in ‘Nam together, Mike Martin (Muller Jr.), Kirk
Cooper (Silva) and Polo (Strode) were the best of buddies and they
always looked out for each other: saving children, rescuing hostages and
even pulling bullets out of each others’ bodies. This team of soldiers
worked together well, with their expertise being in surprise attacks. To
the shock of Mike and Kirk, Polo willingly stays behind in ‘Nam.
later, both Mike and Kirk are CIA agents. It turns out that Polo is one
of southeast Asia’s worst offenders when it comes to drugs and arms
smuggling. He’s working with the Russians, the Mafia, everybody. So Kirk
sends Mike to Bangkok
to find his old compatriot Polo and stop his evil doings. While there,
he meets a hooker with a heart of gold, thanks to the “comic relief”
French madam (La Loggia), and they take on
Polo’s army (yes, he commands his own army) of goons. And what is
Mike’s girlfriend Sharon (Andre) up to? Dare you try to find out?
Violent Breed is your classic jungle/exploding huts shoot ‘em up with
constant gunfire and explosions. After a while, it all gets pretty
numbing. Muller is the glib, wisecracking hero who always seems to land
on his feet. While he fights the baddies, his Harrison-fu is on full
display. Silva and Strode, both great actors, could have done much more
with their meager roles.
Director Fernando Di Leo has done
considerably better work than this in his career, and everything in this
film seems to drag on and on. Perhaps he was just trying to fit in to
the then-current Italian action boom, but this one falls pretty flat.
You’d have to be a pretty big Harrison Muller Jr. fan to try to track
this one down. Seeing as we’ve reviewed FOUR of his movies to date,
Comeuppance Reviews seems to be your one-stop
Harrison Muller Jr. shop. Who else can claim that?
continuation of The Final Executioner (1984) formula (both have Muller and
Strode), and again released by Cannon/MGM in those cool big boxes on VHS
(as was its predecessor), The Violent Breed, despite its promising
name, is middle-of-the-road action at best.
Comeuppance Review by: Ty and Brett