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American Ninja (1985)

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

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Don Stewart ...
Victor Ortega
John LaMotta ...
Rinaldo (as John La Motta)
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Pvt. Charley Madison (as Phil Brock)
Tony Carreon ...
Older Colombian
Roi Vinzon ...
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Manolet Escudero ...
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Greg Rocero ...
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Berto Spoor ...
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Michael Hackbart ...
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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 <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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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)  »

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$1,000,000 (estimated)
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A rare 1984 poster featuring the rock band KISS advertising their album "Animalize" can be seen on the wall in Joe's squad's sleeping quarters. Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley and Eric Carr have their faces hidden by additional stickers to avoid any potential legal problems, and Mark St. John's head seems to be cropped off by the camera angle. See more »

Goofs

Ninjas do not follow the Bushido. See more »

Quotes

[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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Ninja A-Team
1 July 2007 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

If you are watching this movie expecting anything more then action then you're a bit touched in the head. Action indeed, but a special form of action! IT'S 80'S ACTION! All that's missing from this show is "I love it when a plan comes together", as offered by the immortal Hannibal Smith from "The A-Team" as played by the venerable George Peppard.

Make no mistakes. This movie is le grande fromage, but it is fun. Even the super evil ninja with the cute little star tattooed below his right eye is downright adorable. Who doesn't like cute ninja's? Even those with lasers? Highly recommended (if you have enough booze and detach yourself from any form of realism). Fun.


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