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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.

Director:

Richard Compton

Writers:

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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In Paradise, Arizona, money doesn't talk... it screams. 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 »

Connections

Featured in Paul Koslo 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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Great Cast Makes Up for Questionable Script
20 December 2017 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Assault on Paradise (1977)

** 1/2 (out of 4)

A small town full of rich people find themselves being terrorized by an Indian who is shooting and killing people with a crossbow. He offers to stop the killing in exchange for one million dollars. The rich people decide to bring in Nick McCormick (Oliver Reed), an expert in tracking down people like the killer.

ASSAULT ON PARADISE was also released under the title MANIAC but no matter what you call it the film itself is fairly entertaining if a bit brain dead. I say that it's a bit brain dead because it's not quite clear what the killings are for and it's not quite clear what all the rich people are hiding. Everything is pretty much being done in secret yet there's really no explanation of what is happened and why.

The film's strongest point are the cast members who turn in very fun performances. Reed could play a role like this in his sleep and I'm sure this was just a paycheck to him but he still manages to turn in a good performance. I thought he was quite believable in the part and he made for a good lead. Veterans Stuart Whitman and John Ireland add some nice support as does James Mitchum in his role as a tracker. Deborah Raffin plays a somewhat love interest but her character and the motivations are about as strange as the killers. Paul Koslo plays the killer.

The film's biggest problem, other than the screenplay, is the fact that the direction by Richard Compton doesn't really get any suspense from the material. I would have liked a bit more tension but that's just not to be found anywhere. The film also shows some signs of tinkering as the opening sequence was thrown on for no real reason and it sticks out like a sore thumb. With all of that said, if you're a fan of the cast then there's some entertainment to be found here.


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