Terrorists take over a plutonium bomb and threaten to detonate it in a Saudi Arabian oil field. A special anti-terrorist unit is sent in to stop them.




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Cast overview, first billed only:
The Soldier
Susan Goodman
Jeremiah Sullivan ...
The President
The Soldier's Force (as Joaquim DeAlmeida)
Peter Hooten ...
The Soldier's Force
The Soldier's Force
Alexander Spencer ...
The Soldier's Force
Bill Anagnos ...
Truck Driver / Cowboy #1 (as William Anagnos)
Bob Andrews ...
ICBM Guard
Lisa Cain ...
Cowgirl #2
Gerald Aleck Cantor ...
Customs Officer (as Gerald Cantor)
Anthony Cecere ...
Nuclear Guard
Dauphin Pilot (as Al Cerullo Jr.)


The Russians steal a nuclear device and are stating that unless the Israelis pull out from the West bank, they will detonate it, which they have planted in an oil field and if it should go off; 50% of the World's oil will be contaminated. And the Israelis are unwilling to cooperate and the Americans knowing that they can't allow this are making preparations to force the Israelis off the West bank. The President then calls the Director of the CIA to do something about this. The Director assigns the agent who works outside the official channels codenamed the Soldier. He starts by trying to see if the Russians are indeed behind it but the Russians have him marked for termination. When he tries to contact the Director, the Russians placed a bomb in his office that leaves the soldier with no one but his team and the Israelis to help him. Written by rcs0411@yahoo.com

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Code Name: The Soldier - You don't assign him. You unleash him. See more »


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27 August 1982 (USA)  »

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Hollywood would make another action film with the same title about sixteen years later with 1998's Soldier (1998) but dropped the word "The" from its title. See more »


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Squibs so Gratuitous it's Fun For the Whole Family
13 July 2000 | by (Tucson, Arizona) – See all my reviews

At the age of 13, I witnessed "The Soldier" on the then-new cable network, H.B.O. Within the first 15 minutes of the movie you see numerous machine-gun squibs in slow-motion (the multiple death-scene of disguised soviet terrorists, one pushing a baby-carriage containing a bomb)then, with the Tangerine Dream score effectively throbbing in the background, we witness an arch-terrorist flatten a cop with a sawed-off shotgun; one of the most humungous squibs I've ever seen, and this out-does even Walter Hill's "Extreme Prejudice". Of course it's all captured in slow motion so lengthy and gratuitous that I almost felt I was watching one of those late-night Mexican crime thrillers on t.v. Regardless, my attempts at achieving this type of "squib- professionalism" in my own films has fallen short. They mostly consist of a big puff of smoke, and then an actor is burned. Anyway, I recommend "The Soldier" for it's outstanding locations, a great musical score (one I can't seem to locate,) and Ken Wahl trying to look comfortable acting alongside Klaus Kinski. And the squibs are something else. Enjoy it with the whole family.

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