I own this on an old VHS,it is a double pack along with another Michael Dudikoff film Platoon Leader.It aint that bad and has a good enough story.My vote-6/10
P.S what ever happend to Michael (American Ninja) Dudikoff???
Why there's nobody postin for this movie? it's a good action flick! 80's Dudikoff are all must-see moviesshare
Quite refreshing to read both these postings, he was quite a dude in the 80's, and yes, not bad. He the was quite a cool guy too, I worked on 4 productions with him, incl.. Platoon Leader, River of Death.
Fond memories of River of Death, made me look the film up, as I am currently building sets for another film in the same, quaint little town of Port St Johns, on the Wild Coast of South Africa, where we shot River of Death, about 20 years ago, and I would love to buy those two films.
Lack of posts may be because it's really not a very good film. scenes jump all over the place. for example, guy gets hit by a car, a bloke beats him up and this is not explained. The script is poor. It's 1965 and there's a mk1 Ford escort in shot (not made until late 1968) The scene set in 1945 has a Bedford TK used as a German army truck. (not produced until 1960 and then only in the UK)
I was very surprised to see how poor the film was, with people like Donald pleasance, Robert vaughan and Herbert Lom involved. All great actors, I can only surmise their careers were on the wane by the late '80s so they were only doing it for a quick buck.
Not the worst film I've seen, but compared to other Maclean film adaptions (think where eagles dare, Breakheart pass, fear is the key) its a stinker.
I do get your point, but from my side, it was a hell of a time of my life, mid twenties, working in the film industry in "oppressed" South Africa, very far from the western world, shooting any location for any location, in my world, it was fun, and a hell of a lot of it. The people who cared the least about historically correct props, were the producers, they were just too happy to make their b grade tax write off, and we had fun doing it. Come on, crit it in it's own context, it's hilarious.....share
That's awesome that you worked on this and Platoon Leader, divaofdeath. What were the other 2 Dudikoff productions? This is definitely a guilty pleasure movie. Saw it in the theater on opening weekend. Love that Dudikoff got to play an Indiana Jones type character, and I think Sasha Matson's score adds immensely to the mood and atmosphere of the film. Even bought the score off Amazon.share
I thought this film was passable. It's got a good cast of solid veterans -- Robert Vaughn, Donald Pleasence, Herbert Lom, L.Q. Jones -- and Dudikoff makes for a likable enough lead, but the sluggish pace, an overly convoluted script that gets bogged down in rather tedious talk, and infrequent action scenes doom this one to watchable mediocrity at best. 6 out of 10 from me as well.
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I actually thought it was pretty good. Not great, and certainly exploitative, but it was still fun to watch.share