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Film / Avenging Force

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Avenging Force is an action film from the year 1986. It is a sequel to Invasion U.S.A. (1985).

Retired secret service agent Matt Hunter (Michael Dudikoff) is forced to dust off the areas of his expertise when a friend of his becomes targeted by a team of right-wing extremists who call themselves the Pentangle. They prove to be a quite challenge, with the action culminating in a manhunt across the swamplands of Louisiana.


This film has the examples of:

  • Battle Strip: Richards takes off his shirt before he starts punching mooks during the harbor fight.
  • Big Bad: Prof. Glastenbury.
  • The Big Easy
  • Bondage Is Bad: Jeb's hunting mask looks like an S&M type-deal.
  • Bound and Gagged: Sarah, after Pentangle briefly kidnaps her.
  • Car Chase: One starts when the mooks lead by Parker attempt to ambush Hunter and Richards.
  • Death of a Child: Richard's only surviving son die in the fire as well.
  • Descended Creator: James Booth wrote the script as well as playing Admiral Brown (Matt Hunter's ex-boss who asks Hunter to take the case). And who is strongly implied to be the fifth point of the Pentangle.
  • Evil Sounds Deep: Glastenbury speaks in a quite bass voice.
  • Five-Man Band: True to its name, Pentangle has five key members in its inner sanctum.
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  • Heroic Fire Rescue: Before he dies from his wounds, Richards rescues his son from the burning safehouse.
  • Hunting the Most Dangerous Game: The idea behind Pentangle's "hunting club".
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: Glastenbury ends up impaled on a statue when he fights Hunter.
  • Improvised Zipline: Hunter uses his belt to create a zipline to a mook's face.
  • Irony: The villains of the first film were communist terrorists. Here the antagonists are a far-right group.
  • It's Always Mardi Gras in New Orleans: An attempt on Richards's life happens during the Mardi Gras.
  • Malevolent Masked Men: Pentangle members wear masks during their manhunts.
  • Man on Fire: One of the redshirts during the Pentangle's raid on the safehouse is shown running around on fire after an explosion.
  • Mexico Called; They Want Texas Back: Mentioned in Prof. Glastenbury's New Era Speech.
  • New Era Speech: Prof. Glastenbury gives one after the kendo exhibition, which plays to the participants' right-wing paranoia.
  • Obvious Stunt Double: Big Bad Prof. Glastenbury alternates between his actor and a stuntman in a bad wig during the final fight.
  • Pipe Pain: Hunter picks up a pipe to deal with a mook.


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