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Taking Tiger Mountain

Taking Tiger Mountain (1983) Movie Poster
UK / USA  •    •  81m  •    •  Directed by: Tom Huckabee, Kent Smith.  •  Starring: Bill Paxton, Barry Wooller, David Guthrie, Mrs. Davis, Paul, Judy Church, Io. Church, Cosmo Meemo Chiefo, Barbara Clifton, Minnie Dimple, Ernie Dimple, Lou Montgomery, June Allen.  •  Music by: David Boone, Radio Free Europe, Randy Kelleher.
     Militant feminist scientists brainwash research subject to assassinate the Welsh Minister of Prostitution. Meanwhile World War III is being fought and the USA has been invaded.

Review:

Image from: Taking Tiger Mountain (1983)
Image from: Taking Tiger Mountain (1983)
Image from: Taking Tiger Mountain (1983)
Image from: Taking Tiger Mountain (1983)
Image from: Taking Tiger Mountain (1983)
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Set post-WW3, the main character, Billy, is a volunteer subject at a clinic who is drugged and brainwashed into becoming an assassin for a feminist political party who are trying to stem the massive international prostitution ring that is now prevalent.

His target is the mayor of a Welsh town that is set up solely for prostitution.

And thus ends the portion of the movie that makes sense.

The rest is a mash of events through his non-linear drug-addled mind (overlapped with megaphone announcements of news bulletins).

He has a lot of sex. It's shot in b&w, so you know it's art-house, not pornography. But it's more a reflection on the director, who enjoys voyeurism (including such scenes as him having sex with his girlfriend while her parents watch approvingly).

He is stabbed to death at the end by his boyfriend, and I still have no idea if he killed the mayor or not. I think he threw his girlfriend off a cliff. It's that sort of movie.

The legendary William S Burroughs is listed as co-writer, but really the director just got the rights to use some of his work in the screenplay.

Director Tom Huckabee would go on to collaborate with Paxton in many more projects, oddly enough. I guess you never forget the guy who gets you laid on camera the first time.


Review by idontneedyourjunk from the Internet Movie Database.