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The Amsterdam Kill (1977)

The Amsterdam Kill promises ‘the meanest Mitchum movie yet.’ That may be so, but he’s only mean because he’s so damn incompetent.

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Hunters of the Golden Cobra (1982)

As a Raiders ripoff, the film features all the setpieces you’d expect – large hairy spiders, snake pits, jungle tribes with blowdarts, numerous hair-breadth escapes, and some mystical mumbo-jumbo at the end. And of course, all of this is punctuated with a lot of explosions and machinegun fire.

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Firepower (1979)

Firepower is a late `70’s action film directed by Michael Winner, who is better known for the first three Death Wish movies, with Charles Bronson. While Bronson isn’t on hand here, two other Magnificent Seven alumni are present, James Coburn and Eli Wallach – which has nothing to do with this review really – just thought I’d mention it.

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Ruckus (1980)

If B-grade films featuring crazed Vietnam vets are your thing, and you’ve never seen Ruckus, give it a shot. It’s not the worst film in the genre.

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Tarzan and the Lost City (1998)

While undemanding viewers and children may find something to enjoy in TARZAN AND THE LOST CITY, most viewers will be left bewildered, shaking their heads at the wasted opportunity to make an entertaining action adventure. It could very well be the worst Tarzan movie ever made.

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Tarzan the Ape Man (1981)

The most misleading thing about this movie is the title – TARZAN THE APE MAN. While Tarzan does appear in the film – from about the 60 minute mark – the story is primarily about Jane Parker (Bo Derek) and her journey to Africa to find her estranged father, James Parker (Richard Harris).

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Tarzan and the Great River (1967)

TARZAN AND THE GREAT RIVER was made in 1967 when spymania still had some legs in it (1965 was the peak), so Mike Henry’s Tarzan is a suited and booted globe-trotting trouble shooter – not quite a Bondian superspy but certainly a jet-setting man-of-the world.

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The Curse of the Sphinx (2008)

The front cover for The Curse of the Sphinx DVD features the Sphinx coming angrily to life, a skeletal mummy dragging itself out of the earth, and a bi-plane fleeing from an explosion. The back cover has a lightning bolt – possibly the power of God – striking the top of a pyramid. Unfortunately none of these cliches are in the movie. However, another set of adventure movie cliches are present in their stead.

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One Down, Two To Go (1982)

Featuring four of the biggest and baddest blaxploitation stars of the 1970s, Jim Brown, Richard Roundtree, Fred Williamson, and Jim Kelly, One Down, Two To Go is a kick-ass action adventure, written and directed by Fred “The Hammer” Williamson.

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The Land of the Pharaohs (1955)

The Land of the Pharaohs is a big sprawling epic – with a cast of thousands – as they used to say. It is directed by the legendary Howard Hawks – although it is a very different type of movie to his usual output.

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