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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

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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According to Helen McCarthy, The Professional was based on various Western action films the writers had used for inspiration. Ironically, the film's own influence can be seen in later Western films. See more »

Goofs

The Ford dealership Rita runs in San Francisco displays models (including the modified Ford Laser hatchback Duke Togo uses in his getaway) that were for the European market only. The only exception is the Ford Thunderbird Rita drives to pick up Duke Togo from the airport. See more »

Quotes

[Duke finds out who Dr. Z really is]
Cindy: Who is this?
Golgo 13: You almost had me fooled.
Cindy: Duke?
Golgo 13: I tested the phone in the safe. It's a fake. If I had more time, I'm sure I can locate the remote switch. You ought to get an Oscar for that act you put on. Oh, and by the way, Cindy, I know who Dr. Z is: It's you.
Cindy: [hesitates] Duke! Duuuuuuke!
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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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Referenced in Karnov (2005) See more »

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Pray for You
Performed by Cindy Wood
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20 years on and still kicking ass
20 February 2003 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews



Duke Togo. Man on a mission. And the mission appears to be ‘kill as many people as you can'.

This film is what James Bond would be if Eon had any balls. The Professional is a gun for hire. If he accepts a contract then he always hits his target. He takes all the best parts of Bond (being as hard as a coffin nail and bedding various beauties) and detaches all the cheesy dialogue.

Duke Togo is a cold blooded killer. We never feel for him, but we do root against the baddies. He never smiles, isn't ever nice, but lives by a marginal code of honour, which we sort of respect. Like I said, its hard to empathise with Duke Togo, but we do sort of understand him.

The story itself is pretty good and amazingly coherent for a title of this genre. It deals with deception, double crossing, revenge, hate and violence. We soon come to realise that Duke is a pawn in the middle of things. Albeit a pawn with the ability to shoot the head off a match.

Being an early 80's production, the animation isnt that impressive, although the realistic approach is very good and gives the film some authenticity. We also get to see some rudimentary CGI (which shows the ambition of the project), in the form a helicopter gunship.

All in all The Professional is a very entertaining watch. Girls, guns and a whole lot of maiming. It looks a shade dated now (20 years on), but still packs quite a punch.


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