Relentless (1989 film)

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Relentless poster.jpg
Theatrical Release Poster
Directed by William Lustig
Produced by Paul Hertzberg
Lisa M. Hansen
Howard W. Koch
Written by Phil Alden Robinson
Music by Jay Chattaway
Cinematography James Lemmo
Distributed by CineTel Films
Release date
  • August 30, 1989 (1989-08-30)
Running time
92 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Box office $6,985,999 (domestic)

Relentless is a 1989 American crime film directed by William Lustig and starring Judd Nelson, Robert Loggia and Leo Rossi. The film follows two LAPD officers on a hunt for a serial killer.

Relentless was the first in a series of four films starring Leo Rossi as detective Sam Dietz trying to stop a serial killer. The three sequels were all filmed and released within three consecutive years from 1992 to 1994.


Sam Dietz (Leo Rossi) is a rookie Los Angeles detective recently transferred from New York City. He is paired up with veteran detective Bill Malloy (Robert Loggia) in order to find and stop a serial killer. The killer is Arthur "Buck" Taylor (Judd Nelson), the son of a former LAPD cop whose motive for killing is frustration over not having been accepted to the force and failure in the eyes of his father. Taylor chooses his targets by randomly looking up their names in the phone book and skillfully covering up his tracks by using his skills and knowledge that he learned while on the force. While in pursuit of Taylor, both Dietz and Malloy become his next planned targets for murder.



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