Saturday, June 21, 2014

2020 Texas Gladiators

Anno 2020 – I gladiatori de futoro – Italian title
Texas 2000 – Italian title
Texas v 2000 – Finnish title
Le gladiateur – French title
Oi monomahoi tou Texas – Greek title
2020 - Os Gladiadores do Texas – Portuguese title
2020 los Rangers de Texas – Spanish title
One Eye Force – English title
Sudden Death – English title
Year 2020 – The Gladiators of the Future – English title
Gladiators of the Future – English title
The Rangers of Texas – English title
Texas Freedom Fighter – English title
2020 Freedom Fighters – U.K. title
2020 Texas Gladiators – U.S.A. title
A 1982 Italian production [Eureka Cinematografica (Rome)]
Producers: Helen Handris, Joe D’Amato (Aristide Massaccesi)
Director: Kevin Mancuso (Aristide Massaccesi), Luigi Montefiore
Story: Alex Carver (Luigi Montefiore)
Screenplay: Alex Carver (Luigi Montefiore), Aldo Florio
Cinematography: John Larson (Luciano Vittorio) [Eastmancolor]
Music: Francis Taylor (Carlo Maria Cordio)
Running time: 95 minutes
Nisus – David Green (Al Cliver)
Jab – Harrison Muller, Jr.
Catch Dog – Daniel Stephen (Daniel Stefanow)
Halakron – Peter Hooten (John Hooten)
Red Wolfe – Hal Yamanouchi
Maida – Sabrina Siani (Sabrina Seggiani)
Kezia – Isabella Rocchietta
Sheriff – Angelo Casadei
Black One – Donal O’Brien
With: Janna Ryann (Geretta Geretta), Iris Peynado
Stunts: Daniel Stephen (Daniel Stefanow)

The year is 2020 and the setting is post-nuclear holocaust Texas. It's a dusty, nasty world now as can be seen in the opening scenes when a band of drunken outlaws viciously rape and murder innocent nuns at a mission. They then crucify the priest. Their debauched reveling is interrupted by roving rangers who engage the villains in a blood-soaked, bone crunching fight. The rangers manage to save a terrified young woman from the melee, and the heroic leader and she fall in love and head for the peaceful land she describes to him. Years pass. The hero and the girl are married and she is pregnant. He is working at a refinery. Trouble erupts when a megalomaniacal Neo-Nazi dictator and his cruel minions attack the heavily fortified refinery and begin trying to convert the hapless workers to his insane idea of the New Order. Of course, the hero, after witnessing the rape of his wife, decides to get revenge. Unfortunately, the dictator blows the hero away with a machine gun. More time passes and the workers have become slaves to their new leader, but fortunately at this point, the story is far from over and eventually after considerably more blood is graphically spilled, the forces of good inevitably triumph.
YouTube trailer:

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