Deadly Hero

From The Grindhouse Cinema Database

Deadly Hero (1975, USA) is a Crime film directed by Ivan Nagy.


Main Details

  • Released in 1975
  • Color
  • Running Time: 102 Min.
  • Production Co: AVCO Embassy Pictures | City Time Partners
  • Distribution Co: AVCO Embassy Pictures (1976) (USA) (theatrical)
  • Directed by Ivan Nagy
  • Written by Don Petersen, George Wislocki
  • Starring Don Murray, Diahn Williams, James Earl Jones, Lilia Skala, George S. Irving, Treat Williams, Charles Siebert, Hank Garrett, Dick Anthony Williams
  • Produced by Charles Hirsch, Robert Liberman, Thomas J. McGrath, Stanley Plotnick
  • Music by Brad Fiedel
  • Cinematography by Andrzej Bartkowiak
  • Film Editing by Susan Steinberg

Also Known As

  • Finland - Oman käden oikeus
  • Greece - O adistaktos ektelestis
  • Greece - O kakos astynomos
  • Italy - Carrel agente pericoloso
  • Portugal - Herói Mortal
  • USA (working title) - Troubled Times
  • Germany - Eiskalt


  • A young girl knows the truth. Now that truth is haunting her, and someone is hunting her.
  • Not since "The French Connection" and "Death Wish" has a movie moved so deep into the heart and soul of the big city.


Officer Lacy (played by Don Murray) is an 18-year veteran of the New York City Police Department who finds himself demoted from detective back to patrol duty for his violent tendencies and trigger-happy behavior. Responding to a call on Manhattan's West Side, he finds a young musician named Sally (Diahn Williams) has been abducted by a mugger named Rabbit (James Earl Jones). Rabbit has Sally at knifepoint in a hostage standoff but is persuaded to release her and surrender by Officer Lacy, who kills the unarmed Rabbit anyway. A grateful Sally is convinced by Lacy to lie to detectives to make Lacy seem like a hero. She later changes her mind and tells the truth about the shooting. This drives Lacy to try to silence Sally with escalating threats and violence before his career is ruined and he's tried for Rabbit's murder. (Wikipedia)

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