Picks and Pans Review: Search and Destroy

UPDATED 07/20/1981 at 01:00 AM EDT Originally published 07/20/1981 at 01:00 AM EDT

The ads for this movie make it look like a martial arts epic, which may say something about how desperately bad it is. The idea was intriguing: In 1968 a U.S. Army patrol is accompanying a South Vietnamese soldier on a special mission. Ambushed, the Americans are decimated and retreat, leaving their Vietnamese charge behind. Now, flash forward about 10 years and the Vietnamese soldier turns up in the U.S., bent on revenge on the guys who deserted him. When he arrives at Niagara Falls to finish the job by killing the hero, Perry King, it all comes down to a long chase sequence in a city park that begins to look like the jungles of South Vietnam. Tisa Farrow, Mia's sister, plays King's simpering girlfriend, all tears and sad looks. Veteran George Kennedy delivers a decent performance as a befuddled police chief who doesn't want to scare the tourists away. This could have been a classic B movie. As it is, hunt up an old Bruce Lee instead. (PG)

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