Zebra Force

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Zebra Force
Zebra Force.jpg
Can the end justify the means?
When It's Revenge...All Hell Breaks Loose!
Directed by Joe Tornatore
Produced by Eddy Donno (associate producer)
Joseph Lucchese (producer)
Deno Paoli (executive producer)
Larry Price (producer)
Jefferson Richard (associate producer)
Joe Tornatore (producer)
Written by Robert Leon (screenplay)
Annette Lombardi (writer)
Joe Tornatore (concept)
Starring Mike Lane
Timothy Brown
Music by Charles Bernstein
Louis Febre
Peter Rotter
Cinematography Thomas F. Denove
Billy Dickson
Robert Maxwell
Edited by Ed Hansen
Michael Kahn
Distributed by Echo Bridge Home Entertainment
Trans World Entertainment
Release date
1976 (Argentina)
1980 (Philippines)
1984 (USA)
Running time
100 minutes
86 minutes (Swedish cut version)
Country United States
Language English

Zebra Force (Codename: Zebra, USA title) is a 1976 American film directed by Joe Tornatore. The film is about a group of Vietnam War veterans who declare war on Los Angeles drug dealers and the Mafia. The film is also known as Code Name: Zebra (USA) and Commando Zebra (Italy). A sequel by Joe Tornatore with Mike Lane, also named Code Name: Zebra followed in 1987.[1]


The film opens with a raid on an illegal casino performed by a group of blacks with automatic weapons. The audience discovers the perpetrators are white disguised as blacks. The story moves to a Vietnam War flashbacks with a patrol being ambushed by the Vietcong, and the resulting firefight. The leader of the vigilante veterans is a man known simply as the Lieutenant who was their platoon leader and disfigured in the action. Recuperating in a hospital he regroups the survivors for a series of escalating raids to not only to enrich themselves, but to wipe out organised criminal gangs involved in illegal gambling and narcotics distribution.

The main protagonist of the film is Carmine Longo, a Mafia enforcer sent to meet with local chief to discover who performed the action. The two are assisted by a corrupt Los Angeles Police Department detective sergeant. Their suspicion falls on their only known suspects, a gang of drug dealing black criminals who deny their involvement. Longo schemes to eliminate them through their police contact who will set up a drug deal where they can be killed by the police.



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