Picks and Pans Review: Warriors of the Wasteland

updated 02/13/1984 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 02/13/1984 AT 01:00 AM EST

This ghastly little number is a must for the next Fred Williamson film festival. Otherwise, it can be dismissed faster than you can say the name of its producer, Fabrizio de Angelis. It is a thinly disguised, made-in-Italy version of that classic post-Armageddon adventure fantasy, Road Warrior. Williamson, Timothy (Great White) Brent and George Eastman tool around a nuclear-war-devastated landscape in what seem to be used-car-lot rejects remodeled with help from the James Bond Special Effects Handbook. Williamson and Brent are freelance good guys. Eastman heads a homosexual cult dedicated to eradicating all humanity, though why George and the boys don't start with themselves is a question of some philosophic import. Anna Kanakis provides the heterosexual romantic interest; luckily for her, the holocaust doesn't seem to have caused any shortage of eye makeup. Enzo Castellari directed; this is easily his most moving, emotion-packed movie since Seven Winchesters for a Massacre. (R)

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