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Actors: William Shatner, Ruth Roman and Jennifer Bishop
Genres: Action & Adventure, Drama, Mystery & Suspense
NR     2006     1hr 30min

A paranoid leisure-suit wearing common gigolo named Matt Stone seduces lonely women, bilks them of their savings via an investment scam, then murders them.


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Actors: William Shatner, Ruth Roman and Jennifer Bishop
Genres: Action & Adventure, Drama, Mystery & Suspense
Sub-Genres: Crime, Drama, Mystery & Suspense
Studio: Braun Media
Format: DVD - Color
DVD Release Date: 02/14/2006
Original Release Date: 01/01/1975
Theatrical Release Date: 00/00/1975
Release Year: 2006
Run Time: 1hr 30min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 2
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English

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Movie Reviews

A Delightfully Bad Piece of 1970s Sleaze With The Shat-Man!!
Vladdy Trout | Florida, USA | 02/21/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Hello fans of 1970s sleaze. This masterpiece stars Bill Shatner as a sleazy, cheesy, con man that hits on the older ladies and takes their money. From the Shat's rotten hairpiece down to the Boeing 747 wingpan collars on those happenin' shirts, this movie is awseome...lee bad!! There is an "ick" factor in this movie that you really can't shake off. The whole movie looks like it was filmed using the old family Super 8 film camera. I wanted to spray my eyes with Lysol when it was over!! I could not look away...I this movie...You cannot... deny...the IMPUSLE!! (Cool belly dancer in the opening credits.)"
John Gibson | San Diego, CA United States | 01/01/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)

"A movie that ranks highly on my list of things never to be found dead in a ditch with. It's sublimely awful and mesmerizing at the same time."
The film Shatner would rather not have you know about...and
Kenneth M. Pizzi | San Mateo, CA United States | 01/20/2008
(3 out of 5 stars)

"The early 70's were lean times for Bill Shatner and now just a distant memory for the award-winning actor who has now trumped another success as Danny Crane on the popular series "Boston Legal." With "Star Trek" cancelled in 1969, it's five year voyage conveniently trimmed to only three courtesy of NBC, Shatner was out of work, his (first) marriage was on the rocks, and clearly, the actor who is now so identified with the role of Captain Kirk, needed to expand his acting chops.

This film, and perhaps the obscure and eerie "Incubus" (1966), and filmed in the language of Esperanto, are the two oddest films Shatner had ever acted in.

Outside of infrequent guest starring roles on popular TV dramas like "Columbo" and the "Six Million Dollar Man," "Impulse" is a textbook example to all would-be actors that although your aspirations may climb to O'Neill on the Broadway stage, we all have to eat, and sometimes, we have to take what we can get.

This brings us to this Florida-made cheapie about a emotionally disturbed, leisure-suited conman/gigolo named Matt Stone who, posing as an "investment broker" seduces lonely women, bilks them for their savings, and then kills them. When he begins to date an attractive widow, her daughter, Tina, begins to suspect Matt's motives.

Fans of Shatner will find the film a howl--his overacting and facial expressions notwithstanding, much less the hilarious 70's fashions Shatner finds himself wearing--acres of polyester and and shirts with collars that entertain the proportions of a wing on a Boeing 747! Directed by William Grefe, it has all the makings of a lackluster made-for-tv melodrama. The director should get some points, however, for the ironic twist effectively linking together the "accidental" murder at beginning of the movie (shot in sepia) and Matt's demise at the end of the film.

Be warned: the transfer to DVD is very poor especially when viewed on anything more than a 40 inch plasma or LCD television. Ruth Roman, a popular b-actress from the 40's and 50's, (She was Farley Granger's love lover in Hitchcock's "Strangers on a Train") also stars in the film as well as Harold Sakata (Oddjob from 007's "Goldfinger") and Shatner's second wife to be, Marcy Lafferty, in a minor role as a hotel desk clerk Matt has an affair with."
Shat attack!
Jason Kirkfield | Rocky Mountain High | 09/15/2009
(2 out of 5 stars)

"So is Shatner really that bad? Yes and No. In other words, it's not all his fault. With the exception of Ruth Roman, the supporting cast are rubbish. Even worse is the production itself. They must have blown their budget on Shatner's wardrobe! LOL The nighttime shots (in full daylight) were particularly embarrassing. It's almost so bad it's good. Except it's not. It's just bad.

Nor does the title help. Impulse? The impulse to dress like a pimp and sell fraudulent stocks? But the alternate titles ("I Love to Kill" and "Want a Ride, Little Girl?") are no better. Even the title credits suck.

Have you seen Director William Grefe's film history at IMDB? just yikes.

So if you can appreciate the kind of role Shatner was born to play (the good, the bad, and the ugly!), then try to get a copy of Impulse. Or if you're a fan of low budget horror films, then you'd probably enjoy it, too. Otherwise don't bother.

As for the disc itslf, it's as cut-rate as the movie. No menu! Just pop it in your DVD player and the movie starts to play. Reminds me of the good old days of VCRs. My disc is the Braun Media release (2006). For some reason amazon is listing this with an incept date of 1975, but Impulse actually came out a year earlier. Nor is it clear why the other one here (the Tango Entertainment release) has a different run time: 90 vs. 82 minutes.

I'm giving it 2 stars because it stands as a beacon of mid-70s sleaze. I feel like to need to take a shower even after talking about the movie!