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Not your typical "Chuck-Norris-beats-up-everyone" picture.

Silent Rage is a science fiction/horror thriller from 1982, directed by Michael Miller and starring Chuck Norris and Ron Silver.

After helping to stop a murderous madman John Kirby (Ron Libby), Sheriff Dan Stevensnote  (Norris) is forced to stop him again after he is accidentally turned into an unstoppable killer by experimental science.

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This film has the examples of:

  • All Bikers are Hells Angels: Stevens must deal with a gang of rowdy bikers before Kirby is revived completely.
  • And Call Him "George": Charlie tells Stevens about the time when he was little and he had a puppy that got dirty; he gave it a bath in the toilet and put it in the freezer to dry but he accidentally forgot about it and it froze to death.
  • Axe Before Entering: Kirby kills his landlady with an axe.
  • Bar Slide: Stevens does this to one of the bikers.
  • Big Bad: John Kirby.
  • Breaking the Bonds: Kirby frees himself from his handcuffs after he is captured by the deputies.
  • Chain Pain: Used by one of the bikers.
  • Chairman of the Brawl: An attempt to stop Kirby's initial rampage is done by breaking a chair on his back. He kills the guy who tried to stop him.
  • Clueless Deputy: Charlie.
  • Deadly Hug: Kirby kills Charlie with this.
  • Destination Defenestration:
    • One deputy is thrown through a car window.
    • Kirby falls through a window when Stevens puts few bullets into him.
  • Died in Your Arms Tonight: Charlie dies in Stevens' arms after he finds him.
  • Diner Brawl: Stevens must teach a biker gang some manners in a diner.
  • Every Car Is a Pinto: Stevens' truck after it crashes before the climax.
  • Falling-in-Love Montage: Stevens and Alison. In this case a "Falling back in love in between lovemaking sessions" montage.
  • Fanservice: Probably contains the highest concentration of bare breasts in Norris' filmography.
  • Flatline: Used when Kirby is killed by Dr. Vaughn with a lethal overdose of drugs, only for him shrug it off and kill Vaughn.
  • For Science!: An experimental regenerative formula is used on a dying Kirby for this reason.
  • Generic Doomsday Villain: No backstory is given to Kirby; he just snaps after he tells his doctor on the phone that he "can't take it anymore" and is portrayed as a crazy person who Stevens must stop for the rest of the film.
  • Gilligan Cut: After Alison tells Stevens that nothing will happen between them ever again, the next cut shows them in bed making love.
  • Grievous Bottley Harm: A beer jug is broken on Stevens' head during the Diner Brawl, and two other attempts of attacking him with bottles happen.
  • Healing Factor: The experimental formula that is used on Kirby gives him the power of regeneration.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Dr. Vaughn is impaled by Kirby with his own syringe.
  • Improvised Weapon: Kirby attacks Stevens with a two-by-four during their initial meeting.
  • Mad Scientist: Dr. Spires.
  • Neck Snap: Kirby kills Dr. Spires with this.
  • Only Sane Man: Halman is the only one who objects to Dr. Spires' plan to use the formula on Kirby on the grounds that Kirby is batshit crazy.
  • Peek-a-Boo Corpse: After finding Nancy's corpse, Alison backs away from it to be further frightened by her brother's corpse.
  • Plucky Comic Relief: Stevens' partner Charlie.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here: One biker tries to leave the Diner Brawl on his bike, but only his bike leaves.
  • The End... Or Is It?: The final scene of the movie is of Kirby bursting out of the well water.
  • You Talkin' to Me?: Charlie is shown quoting this on front of a mirror.