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Terminal Island (1973)

Terminal Island (1973)

Don MarshallPhyllis DavisEna HartmanMarta Kristen
Stephanie Rothman


Terminal Island (1973) is a English movie. Stephanie Rothman has directed this movie. Don Marshall,Phyllis Davis,Ena Hartman,Marta Kristen are the starring of this movie. It was released in 1973. Terminal Island (1973) is considered one of the best Action,Drama,Thriller movie in India and around the world.

In the wake of a Supreme Court decision to outlaw the death penalty, California passes an initiative that designates San Bruno island as a dumping spot for first-degree murder convicts, free to do what they like except leave. The main camp of convicts is controlled by the tyrannical Bobby, who rules with an iron hand, and the women are used as sex slaves. A.J. and a group of more free-minded murderers have escaped and gone into hiding. When A.J. and his men liberate the women from Bobby's custody, tensions mount to an all-out confrontation for control of the island.


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Terminal Island (1973) Reviews

  • Tropical island replaces death row? Sign me up!


    Minor drive-in classic concerns the replacement of capitol punishment with exile to a guarded island. Men and women alike must fend for themselves in this rugged terrain(which looks like paradise to me). TERMINAL ISLAND takes full advantage of it's many opportunities to present titties and sexual situations. If, for some strange reason, that doesn't manage to hold your attention, there's equal portions of violent action for good measure...it's a more professionally appointed example of it's type, and should manage to please many folks outside the trash-cinemaphile radius. A sleazy, cheesy champion of drive-in splendor. 6/10.

  • party movie!


    After the Supreme Court outlaws the death penalty, California circumvents the ruling by sending murderers to a secluded island, where they are declared 'legally dead' and expected to kill each other off. Four intrepid ladies spend some miserable time in the hierarchical sexist work camp on one side of the island, then run off to join the liberated comrades on the other side. There's some pretty big statements waiting to happen in there, and they come through loud 'n' brassy, but they are made in the firm confines of a rockin' 70s drive-in action movie. This is a co-ed prison flick on a cheaper set, with a great bunch of weirdo characters floating around and future Magnum P. I. cast members sweetening the pot. Smart and well made too.

  • Marta Kristen + Molotov Cocktails = good times!


    Remember Escape From New York? Eight years previously, in 1973, Terminal Island did the exact same idea. Not nearly as well, but hey - being first count for something, too! TI is an exploitation film when being an exploitation film was cool. As such, it has certain shortcoming inherent to the genre, such as street talking tough black guy, the psychotic white chauvinist pig, and the heroic woman, overcoming oppression with sagacity and perserverence. I can live with those stereotypes, but I can't bear the background music leftover from a 1970's porn movie! Marta Kristen finally gets to play the part of an action hero - quite a leap from the laid back Judy Robinson role she is best known for. She fights and blows things up and knows how to create gunpowder from nature. Very cool.

  • Movie was fine; video (DVD) version from Canada cut/censored.


    This movie was fine, great, if you're a Tom Selleck fan. Personally, I like Phyllis Davis (who starred later in "Vegas" with the late Robert Urich). The "DVD" version; which is available from Canada, produced by Legacy Entertainment, is a "ripoff" (if you'll pardon an old slang word). It is cut for language, and other material, featuring Ms. Davis, and another actress (separate scenes, not together), involving nudity. I know, because a) I have a book called "The Bare Facts" by Craig Hosada, which reviews these scenes. b.) I have a tape called Famous T & A, I'm not making it up, which features an uncut/uncensored excerpt from the movie which shows what was cut. I am getting a VHS, used, from another place, from a different manufacturer, and hoping it hasn't been "cut". Although rated "R" originally, and even though it says it's been edited (which I didn't look to see, until after I viewed the movie; which if I had done, I'd have returned it) I feel I was cheated. So, this is a warning to any potential buyers. If editing doesn't bother you, then, by all means, buy it. In fact, I'm trying to resell my copy, as it was played once.

  • An excellent, unusual and exciting 70's drive-in exploitation variant on your standard prison picture


    Token distaff feminist 70's drive-in movie writer/director Stephanie ("Group Marriage," "The Student Nurses") Rothman's intriguing and intelligent social allegory on how the strong cruelly oppress and viciously lord it over the weak, here cunningly done under the guise of being your standard down'n'dirty grindhouse exploitation prison item. Two rival factions, one peaceful and egalitarian, the other brutish and dictatorial, battle it out for supremacy on a remote island penitentiary where society's most heinous and irredeemable criminals are permanently banished to rot out the rest of their lives (the basic premise definitely shares striking similarities to "Escape from New York"). The first-rate cast of familiar TV show and B-flick faces greatly enlivens this fun'n'funky favorite: "Lost in Space" cutie Marta Kristen in fine, feisty form (she also looks mighty tasty in a skimpy halter top and cut-off denim hot pants), statuesque eyeful Phyllis ("Sweet Sugar," "Beyond the Valley of the Dolls") Davis, Roger E. ("The Mack," "Hit Man") Mosley, Clyde ("'Gatorbait," "Bury Me An Angel") Ventura, the beauteous Barbara ("Seven," "Junior Bonner") Leigh, Albert ("The Incredible 2-Headed Transplant," "The Female Bunch") Cole, the ever-scummy James ("Planet of Dinosaurs," "The Candy Snatchers") Whitworth, and even a pre-"Magnum P.I." Tom Selleck as a nice guy doctor. Moreover, this film not only delivers the expected sex, nudity and violence (Davis' smoking hot skinny-dipping scene in particular is a luscious wonder to behold), but also plenty of meaty and provocative food for thought to chew on and digest as well. Hard to find, but definitely worth checking out if you're lucky enough to stumble across a rare copy of it.


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