American soldier, obviously very skilled in martial arts, single-handedly takes on mercenaries in the Philippines.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Guich Koock ...
Victor Ortega
John LaMotta ...
Rinaldo (as John La Motta)
Phillip Brock ...
Pvt. Charley Madison (as Phil Brock)
Tony Carreon ...
Older Colombian
Younger Colombian
Manolet Escudero ...
Greg Rocero ...
Bodyguard (as Gregg Rocero)
Berto Spoor ...
Michael Hackbart ...


Joe Armstrong, an orphaned drifter will little respect for much other than martial arts, finds himself on an American Army base in The Philippines after a judge gives him a choice of enlistment or prison. On one of his first missions driving a convoy, his platoon is attacked by a group of rebels who try to steal the weapons the platoon is transporting and kidnap Patricia, the base colonel's daughter, who happens to be along for the ride. Joe rescues Patricia and gets her safely back to the base, but everyone else in the platoon is killed, leading his superiors to conclude that Joe is guilty of cowardice, collaboration or simple incompetence. At the same time, the rebel leader vows revenge against the serviceman who disrupted his plans, and sends an army of ninjas to assassinate him and bring back Patricia. If he wants to survive and save the girl, Joe's going to have to draw on every last ounce of his training. Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <>

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The deadliest art of the Orient is now in the hands of an American. See more »


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30 August 1985 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

American Warrior  »

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$1,000,000 (estimated)

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Body count: 114 See more »


During the ambush the gunman shoots and destroys the left rear tire on the car in which Patricia tries to escape. In the next shot the tire is intact. See more »


[first lines]
Pvt. Charley Madison: Hey! I'm great at that game. Back home in California, I'm like deadly. Hold on, I'll teach you girls how to play.
First Soldier: Yeah. Yeah.
Pvt. Charley Madison: Hey, Buddy, come on. We need an extra guy to even up the sides. Hey, come on.
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Followed by American Ninja 3: Blood Hunt (1989) See more »

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Sure it's not Lucas or Kubrick it's b action movie take for what it is!
13 March 2003 | by (Woodbridge,VA) – See all my reviews

Amercian Ninja is a gulity pleasure if anything. The film has some decent fight scenes and some good B movie acting. Mike Dudkoff and Steve James are some smooth pimps in the movie bringing it to the man as only they can. If you like 80's karate movies then check this out.

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