Picks and Pans Review: Assault with a Deadly Weapon

UPDATED 08/02/1982 at 01:00 AM EDT Originally published 08/02/1982 at 01:00 AM EDT

This movie should be arrested for mugging the audience. A good-guy police officer, Richard Holliday, fed up with lenient judges who release criminals onto the street, decides to take matters into his own hands. He has a genius for coming on the scene of a crime even before it happens, kind of like Superman, only his shtick is blow-dried hair and Italian designer suits instead of tights and a cape. While he's bashing assorted rapists, purse snatchers and the like, hardly a hair on his handsome head gets mussed. The cast is American but, mercifully, unknown. That's hardly worth mentioning except that the film was shot in Italy and dubbed in English, which gives everything a strangely out-of-sync quality. There is no attempt at plot: Crimes are committed and cops beat up the criminals. Starsky and Hutch need not fear. It wouldn't even be passable as bad television drama. When the hero cop bashes a hapless cripple he suspects of some unspecified crime, the poor guy, a hunchback, mutters something about being abused because he's deformed—but the audience gets abused in any case. (R)

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