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American Ninja (1985)

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

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Guich Koock ...
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Victor Ortega
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Rinaldo (as John La Motta)
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Pvt. Charley Madison (as Phil Brock)
Tony Carreon ...
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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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Storyline

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)  »

Also Known As:

American Warrior  »

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Budget:

$1,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$3,234,837 (USA) (2 September 1985)

Gross:

$10,499,694 (USA)
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Trivia

Michael Dudikoff knew no martial arts before filming began. See more »

Goofs

Shortly after the final battle scene begins (the military attack on the plantation), the Colonel is shown in a Jeep waving his men on with a soldierly yell. If you take a close look at the gun in his hand, the action is open, indicating that the weapon is empty. 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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Connections

Followed by American Ninja 2: The Confrontation (1987) See more »

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chop socky action
12 April 2002 | by (California) – See all my reviews

For those who know Michael Dudikoff, he most-likely became a household name thanks to this movie. Who knows where he would be today had Chuck Norris not passed on the film. (Probably busy as a child psychologist since that's what he originally wanted to be). This is a film I virtually grew up with as a kid, thanks to it being on cable seemingly every other day. Anyway, Dudikoff finally got his shot at headlining a movie with this cheapo chop socky flick about an Army G.I. in the Philippines going up against a secret Ninja army and an international weapons dealer. Dudikoff is at his most wooden in the this part, but as someone who's a fan and has see nearly all his movies, I can see the progression of him as an actor over the years, and he has certainly improved since this movie. Steven James co-stars in the first of three collaborations with Dudikoff, and the two work well together, but they're basically the best part of the movie. There's the usual B-movie acting, ranging from stiff to lame over-the-top performances, but pretty co-star Judie Aronson fares well. Of interest only to chop socky fans.


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