A Q&A with Deadly Impact director Robert Kurtzman

Out on DVD this week, Deadly Impact stars Sean Patrick Flanery as Tom Armstrong, a cop who can’t seem to catch up with a ruthless bad guy (Joey Pantoliano). Armstrong has given up, in fact, when the Feds track him down in a Mexican bar and recruit him to give it one more try. The Crestline, Ohio-based film company Precinct 13 provided all the visual effects for the action film, and Precinct 13’s Robert Kurtzman directed the movie. Here’s what he had had to say about the movie, the fifth film he’s helmed.

Tell me about the film’s genesis.
About a year before I had done Buried Alive with producer David Greathouse. We worked really well together and we started talking about doing another project. He saw The Rage, the film I shot in Ohio, and he felt it was an energetic, action packed movie and he felt I should do an action film. He had set up this script and eventually it landed at MGM and they set it up there and wanted to go into production right away. Of course, I was into it because I love action movies. I hadn’t had a chance to do a straight action film. It fell together pretty quickly after that.

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Jeff Niesel

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