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Gunblast Vodka

Title is the catchiest aspect of "Gunblast Vodka," a film so cheesy it belongs between the camembert and brie. French helmer and crew use scenic Poland for violent tale of a Dolph Lundgren-esque, Mossad-trained Orthodox Jew who joins a dandyish Polish police inspector to rescue an American consul's ex-wife.

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With: Goetz Otto, Angie Everhart, Jurgen Prochnow, Mariusz Pujszo, Anja Kruse, Alain Figlarz, Agnieszka Mursiala, Piotr Wyrwas, Leandros Caras, Ken Samuels, Dorota Kwiatkowska, Rick Richardson.

Title is the catchiest aspect of “Gunblast Vodka,” a film so cheesy it belongs between the camembert and brie. French helmer and crew use scenic Poland for violent tale of a Dolph Lundgren-esque, Mossad-trained Orthodox Jew (Goetz Otto) — “Imagine a Jewish John Wayne,” suggests a U.S. government rep — who joins a dandyish Polish police inspector (Mariusz Pujszo) to rescue an American consul’s ex-wife (Angie Everhart). Proudly exploitative item revels in guns, thugs and gorgeous Central European gals, signaling a career largely on ancillary.

Said damsel, Jane, is being held captive in the Nazi-era dungeon of a castle run by snuff-film kingpin Sasha Rublov (Jurgen Prochnow), who recites scripture when he’s not auctioning off local beauties to the highest lethal bidder. “Dozens of Polish girls vanish each year,” whimpers a fellow looker-in-captivity. “But I’m not Polish — I’m American!” wails Jane. As packed with action as with idiocy, pic leads to a shoot-’em-up finish that never seems to end. French-dialogue version features dubbing of an international cast that’s as lax as the lighting and focus.

Gunblast Vodka

France

Production: A Koba Films Distribution release of a Nicholas Velle presentation, in association with Canal Plus. Produced by Nicholas Velle. Co-producers, Jean-Louis Daniel, Mariusz Pujszo. Directed by Jean-Louis Daniel. Screenplay, Rick Richardson, Daniel, Nicholas Velle, Mariusz Pujszo.

Crew: Camera (color), George Bartels, Hugues de Haeck; editor, Alain Derenne; music, Stephane Brand; production designer, Anna Kowarska; art director, Olivier Mazoyer; costume designer, Pascale Thomas. Reviewed at UGC Les Halles, Paris, Aug. 17, 2001. Dubbed French dialogue. Running time: 101 MIN.

With: With: Goetz Otto, Angie Everhart, Jurgen Prochnow, Mariusz Pujszo, Anja Kruse, Alain Figlarz, Agnieszka Mursiala, Piotr Wyrwas, Leandros Caras, Ken Samuels, Dorota Kwiatkowska, Rick Richardson.

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