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Frank Morgan risked his life for his country in the Vietnam War, but when he came home, no hero's welcome awaited him; instead he was branded a traitor. Nonetheless, he's about to make one more trip into hell to save the woman he loves and preserve her war-torn country. Written by
John Savage portrays Frank Morgan, a man who comes home from Vietnam to
his hometown of Freemont, Texas but doesn't receive a hero's welcome.
He wanted to be a soldier just like his father, and he was chosen to be
a part of an elite special forces team and go on "secret missions" .
When Morgan tells a magazine about some slaughtered innocents during
those missions, he is forever branded a traitor. In the dusty ol' town
of Freemont, he is shunned and jeered at by almost everyone. He becomes
an outcast. The leader of the Frank Morgan Is a Traitor Society is one
Tiny (Sebastian Larrie), an angry redneck with a posse of fellow
disgruntled hayseeds. All Frank wants to do is move back in to his
childhood home and go to the local juke joint for a burger and a beer.
But OH no, that can't happen. At least one barfight must ensue. After
an incident provoked by Tiny unleashes some chaos, Frank is now on the
run from both the rednecks and the cops with only his wits. But there's
Just as this First Blood (1982) pastiche is kicking into gear, it
transpires that Frank falls in love with Beatriz (Socas), a woman from
the war-torn third-world country San Florian. Since he is a pilot, he
agrees to fly the woman from Texas to San Florian with a lot of
weaponry. She intends to free her father who has been kidnapped by the
revolutionaries. Can Frank use his skills to avoid the pitfalls of the
trigger-happy revolutionaries and ride off into the sunset with
Beatriz? The first part of the movie - the First Blood part - is
actually really good. It has some narration from Savage and seems like
a sensitive tale with good character development. Then it goes from
subtle to standard fare. The second half is boring and bland. It truly
is a movie with two faces: the first half interesting and worthy and
the second which is a slog that runs out of steam. But perhaps the most
egregious problem is that the movie is called "Soldier's Revenge" but
this soldier gets very, very limited "revenge". It really makes you
wish the first half of the film played out more naturally. Maybe they
figured if they did that, it would be too close to First Blood, but so
what? It's not exactly the same. They tried to be different, but simply
fusing two types of plots that have been done before together doesn't
make a movie original, unfortunately.
On the good side, besides the first half, Savage puts in a nice
performance and he is one cool customer in those trademark shades. The
movie also sports some quality cinematography and looks great. Sadly,
the movie is hampered by some clunky ADR and some voices seem off or
don't match, whatever. Director David Worth is well-versed in junky
cinema and it seems during the movie his career is getting junkier and
Released on TransWorld entertainment on VHS in the U.S. in the classic
big-box, Soldier's Revenge goes off the rails (in a bad way) after an
impressive first half.
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