Leo Fong, the writer/producer/director/star of SHOWDOWN, makes the right moves only in his brief kung-fu bouts with the minions of Kincade (Werner Hoetzinger), the incongruously Germanic leader of a scruffy biker gang that conquers the community of Sanctuary, Nevada.
Fong does virtually nothing with SHOWDOWN's one great conceit: Sanctuary, a Mafia retirement village exempt from all federal and state laws. Here, doddering old employees of Murder, Inc. and their silver-haired molls can dwell in peace and quiet, at least until Kincade and his barbarous
brigands, armed with "hundreds of (unseen) rockets and bazookas," rumble into town and bully the Italian-opera-loving senior citizens. Guest celebrity Richard Lynch, Commander of Sanctuary, calls on his old Vietnam buddy, Detective James Long (Fong), to restore order.
Long fights on-again/off-again battles with the bikers, and continuity is the first casualty; even the film quality changes drastically within sequences, and the budget apparently didn't include squibs, because barely anyone takes a bullet on screen. Fong's camera carefully leaves them out of
the frame or cuts away at the point of impact. The dialogue is equally low-rent, with quotations from DIRTY HARRY, expletives galore, and heroine Michelle McCormick's observation, "You shouldn't skip breakfast. It's the most important meal of the day." The acting is so bad that Detective Long may
just be making excuses when he tells a dazed extra, "They've shot you full of dope!"
Real-life motorcycle clubs like the Invaders, the Righteous Ones, the Ravens, the Barons and the Lords of Iron get listed in the credits as participants, but only Invaders jackets are prominently displayed by the unattractively filmed performers. The movie was filmed in Nevada and bore a 1991
copyright, with a 1993 release to video. (Violence, extensive profanity, extensive nudity, substance abuse, sexual situations.)
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- Released: 1993
- Rating: NR
- Review: Leo Fong, the writer/producer/director/star of SHOWDOWN, makes the right moves only in his brief kung-fu bouts with the minions of Kincade (Werner Hoetzinger), the incongruously Germanic leader of a scruffy biker gang that conquers the community of Sanctua… (more)