Stryker (1983 film)

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Stryker
Stryker-1983-poster.jpg
Directed byCirio H. Santiago
Produced byCirio H. Santiago[1]
Screenplay byHoward R. Cohen[2]
Story byLeonard Hermes[1]
Starring
Music byEd Gatchalian[2]
CinematographyRicardo Remias[2]
Edited byBas Santos[1]
Production
companies
HCI International[1]
Running time
84 minutes
CountryPhilippines[1]

Stryker is a Philippine action film directed by Cirio H. Santiago.[3] The film is set in the future where after a nuclear holocaust, survivors battle each other over the remaining water in the world.

Plot[edit]

After nuclear war has defoliated the Earth, the survivors live in colonies in a endless quest for drinkable water. A young woman named Delha is on the run from the evil warlord Kardis and his henchman. She is rescued by Stryker and his young companion Bandit. She later finds herself trapped again by Kardis and resists torture to reveal where the location of her colony is.

Meanwhile, Stryker and Bandit ambush a Kardis water tanker, drive it to his fortress and manage to escape with Delha. Delha reveals that she has been trying to contact Trun, Stryker's estranged brother, to assist in the defence against Kardis. Trun has been captured and buried by Kardis' men, but is rescued by Stryker. Trun has his lieutenant Bazil to gather his army, but Bazil suddenly betrays them leading Kardis to attack the colony.

Stryker is then captured and tortured, but is rescued by a group of dwarves whom he had previously given precious water to. After a final climatic battle, Trun's battalion defeats Kardis' army with help of Stryker and the dwarves.

Reception[edit]

The Monthly Film Bulletin gave the film a negative review, describing the film as "Workaday, predictable, edited to the bone, Stryker is very much a New World yarn. It cruises on automatic pilot from the first frame to the last."[1] Variety described the film as a "Grade-D imitation of "The Road Warrior." "Stryker" offers little for today's action audience."[2][4] The review described the Cohen's script as Howard R. Cohen's script as "insane" and leading man Steve Sandor as "ugly", and a "combination imitation of Indiana Jones and Mad Max" and that director Santiago's shots "rarely match, making for sloppy editing and enervating tedium."[4] In Phil Hardy's book Science Fiction (1984), a review compared to other Mad Max derivatives, noting it was "even more ridiculous than its Italian competitor I Nuovi Barbari (1983)." and lamented that director Santiago "used to turn out at least halfway decent movies for Roger Corman's New World from his Filipino base including Fly Me, Savage! (both 1973), TNT Jackson (1975) and the like."[5]

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References[edit]

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f Pym, John (1984). "Stryker". Monthly Film Bulletin. London: British Film Institute. 51 (600): 88. ISSN 0027-0407.
  2. ^ a b c d Willis 1985, p. 433: "Review is of 84 minute version reviewed on September 2, 1983"
  3. ^ Mannikka, Eleanor. "Stryker (1983)". AllMovie. Retrieved November 22, 2015.
  4. ^ a b Willis 1985, p. 434: "Review is of 84 minute version reviewed on September 2, 1983"
  5. ^ Hardy 1984, p. 266.

Sources[edit]

  • Hardy, Phil, ed. (1984). Science Fiction. New York : Morrow. ISBN 0-688-00842-9.
  • Willis, Donald, ed. (1985). Variety's Complete Science Fiction Reviews. Garland Publishing Inc. ISBN 0-8240-6263-9.

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