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The Professional: Golgo 13 (1983)
"Golgo 13" (original title)

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The action packed life of the professional assassin Golgo 13 (AKA Duke Togo). This guy makes James Bond look like Maxwell Smart.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Gregory Snegoff ...
Golgo 13 / Snake (voice) (as Greg Snegoff)
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Leonard Dawson (voice)
Mike Reynolds ...
Bragan (voice)
Edie Mirman ...
Laura (voice)
Joyce Kurtz ...
Cindy (voice)
Diane Michelle ...
Rita (voice)
Kerrigan Mahan ...
Pablo / Silver (voice)
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Garvin (voice)
Edward Mannix ...
Jefferson (voice) (as Ed Mannix)
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Young (voice)
Milton James ...
Albert (voice) (as Milt James)
Steve Kramer ...
Paco (voice)
John Dantona ...
Bishop Moretti (voice)
Jeff Winkless ...
Informant (voice)
Tony Oliver ...
Robert Dawson (voice)
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Indestructible to his enemies and irrestible to women, the professional assassin codenamed GOLGO 13 is shrouded in mystery and anonymity. If you're on his hit list your already dead. Always hired on his reputation alone, GOLGO 13 never breaks a contract. But can he survive the combine forces of the FBI, CIA, The Pentagon and the U.S. Army? Has the nameless agent finally met his match against the superhuman powers of the Snake and the twin evils of the psychopathic mercenaries, Gold and Silver? Written by <a.leahy@uws.edu.au>

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He shoots...he scores...he'll blow you away!


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Trivia

Leonard Dawson is loosely patterned after actor/game show host Richard Dawson (Hogan's Heroes, Family Feud), who was also an immigrant from England who found success in the United States. See more »

Goofs

The three special agents sent into the church (guy with a hook hand, one with two ice picks and one with a knife) to kill golgo are explained to have been killed in the firefight that ensued when bragan's team unloaded on the church. Yet later when they want to test snake's ability they use the same exact 3 special agents to do so. See more »

Quotes

F. Garvin: Mr. Dawson, the FBI has always been at your complete disposal and...
Leonard Dawson: You call that complete? Go comb the federal prison, but get me someone to finish him off.
F. Garvin: Federal Prison? What do you mean by that?
Leonard Dawson: Garvin, you're far too smart to be this stupid
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Crazy Credits

The R1 Urban Vision DVD uses Japanese 80's pop music in the opening and closing of the English language track, but uses instrumental jazz variations of those songs in the Japanese language track. See more »

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Follows Golgo 13 (1977) See more »

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Golgo 13 and I
Performed by Cindy Wood
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Hit-man noir with hardboiled style
28 October 2004 | by (Denver, CO) – See all my reviews

One of the earliest Japanese animation films I can remember seeing, this film was a perfect introduction to me in how great a textured and visually appealing an anime story could be. Shot like a noir detective film with all the action and speed of a spy thriller, this film set a new benchmark for the sniper/hit-man genre.

Duke Togo, while devoid of most emotion, captivates as a steely and ruthless assassin bent on survival as well as completion of his tasks. The stylish and dark film has conspiracies, presidential assassinations, serial killers, sex, guns, explosions and insane escape scenes.

The story is straight forward; someone has paid Golgo 13 to assassinate the son of a wealthy business man and oil magnate. Revenge is to be taken on Golgo 13 at all costs, involving crooked cops, serial killers, generals, CIA, FBI, Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and Special Forces. Basically, Leonard Dawson is taking his son's death a bit hard and feels just a little raw toward Duke.

The American translation is passable with pretty good over all emotional tone and great music setting for mood. One of my favorite anime and overall examples of noir style in graphic arts of the 80s if you can ignore that very dated helicopter scene that makes everyone so angry... Personally I didn't think it was bad, just out of place in a film with a perfect fever pitch already. Great ending, great film overall. Well worth a look for anyone who enjoys spy films, hit men or noir.


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