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Assault in Paradise (1977)

The Ransom (original title)
PG | | Crime, Thriller | October 1977 (USA)
A Native American travels around a resort town, murdering cops and rich people with a high-powered crossbow, while demanding that the town's richest residents pay him money to stop the killings.

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Richard Compton

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John C. Broderick (screenplay), John C. Broderick (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Oliver Reed ... Nick McCormick
Deborah Raffin ... Cindy Simmons
James Mitchum ... Tracker (as Jim Mitchum)
Stuart Whitman ... William Whitaker
John Ireland ... Chief Haliburton
Paul Koslo ... Victor
Arch Archambault Arch Archambault ... Insp. Davey
Robert Lussier Robert Lussier ... Wolf
Dennis Redfield ... Jackson
Kipp Whitman Kipp Whitman ... Officer Steiner
Bill Allen ... Carson the Butler
Daniel Knapp Daniel Knapp ... T.J. Caulfield
Shatka Bearstep Shatka Bearstep ... Red Sky (as Shatka Bear-Step)
Richard Michael Alexander Richard Michael Alexander ... Larry Owens
Richard Ellman Kennedy Richard Ellman Kennedy ... Texan
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Storyline

In the town of Paradise, Arizona, shady land deals enrich a handful of select few. The town's mayor and sheriff are corrupt and aware of the land schemes. Incensed by this, native-American Victor plans to extort money from the rich as punishment for the land they stole. He starts by killing two local cops with his crossbow. He leaves a note claiming the rich must pay a ransom or die. He demands 1 million dollars to be delivered within 24 hours. The Chief of police, Haliburton, contacts local businessman William Whitaker and they decide to keep the whole thing confidential. They don't want the Press or the Feds involved since it could reveal the local land frauds. Instead, they hire private security investigator Nick McCormick, who advises them to pay out the ransom. The town boasts the largest number of millionaires in the country. Most of them agree with the plan to pay up the ransom and keep things under wraps. They are accused by the local media of being like a 'white-collar mafia'... Written by nufs68

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Killing is his passion, money is his motive See more »

Genres:

Crime | Thriller

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

October 1977 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Maniac! See more »

Filming Locations:

Scottsdale, Arizona, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

A year later Oliver Reed would work with James Mitchum's dad Robert in The Big Sleep. See more »

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Featured in Miller Drake on 'Maniac!' (2016) See more »

Soundtracks

Victor's Theme: 'Shoot Him'
Performed and Written by Roger McGuinn and Patrick Ferrell
Produced by Roger McGuinn and Patrick Ferrell
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there are better movies named Ransom (and Maniac) than this one
24 October 2004 | by FieCrierSee all my reviews

Paul Koslo plays an ex-olympic athlete who for unspecified reasons is now trying to collect millions of dollars from a town's rich people by dressing up like a native American in leather and warpaint and killing police and prominent citizens with a bow and arrow.

While it seems like he put a lot of effort into his plans to kill people, collect the money, and escape, at the same time he's very careless, nearly getting shot or caught almost every time. At one point, he kills a man in a parade. No one seems to know where he was when he shot the man, but inexplicably he jumps onto his motorbike and rides right into the parade route so that everyone can see him, and easily follow him.

The rich people hire McCormick, played by Oliver Reed, to try to catch or kill Koslo. Early on, Reed purposely drives off with a TV journalist's microphone, and then when she follows him to a bar to retrieve it, he has a Tequila Sunrise ready for her. However he then pulls out a loaded gun and holds it to her head, threatening her not to move. Inexplicably, a moment later they're consensually in bed together.

The story is absurd. This is not a very good movie at all.


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