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Release Date:
30 August 1985 (USA) See more »
The Orient created the world's deadliest art.Now there's an American master! See more »
American soldier, obviously very skilled in martial arts, single-handedly takes on mercenaries in the Philippines. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Michael Dudikoff ... Pvt. Joe T. Armstrong

Steve James ... Cpl. Curtis Jackson

Judie Aronson ... Patricia Hickock
Guich Koock ... Col. William T. Hickock

John Fujioka ... Shinyuki
Don Stewart ... Victor Ortega
John LaMotta ... Rinaldo (as John La Motta)
Tadashi Yamashita ... Black Star Ninja

Phillip Brock ... Pvt. Charley Madison (as Phil Brock)
Tony Carreon ... Older Colombian
Roi Vinzon ... Younger Colombian
Manolet Escudero ... Bodyguard
Greg Rocero ... Bodyguard (as Gregg Rocero)
Berto Spoor ... Bodyguard
Michael Hackbart ... Bodyguard
Jerry Bailey ... Head Hijacker
Rohy Batliwala ... Truck Driver
Jim Gaines ... Truck Driver (as James Gaines)
Steve Cook ... Truck Driver
Brian Robilliard ... Truck Driver
Zenon Gil ... Truck Driver
Willie Williams ... Barrack Soldier #1
Christian Hoss ... Barrack Soldier #2
Joey Galvez ... MP Arresting Officer
Nick Nicholson ... Duty Officer
Eric Hahn ... Supply Sergeant
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Richard Norton ... MP
Henry Strzalkowski ... Bit Part (uncredited)

Directed by
Sam Firstenberg 
Writing credits
Paul De Mielche (screenplay)

Avi Kleinberger (story) &
Gideon Amir (story)

James R. Silke  uncredited

Produced by
Gideon Amir .... associate producer
Yoram Globus .... producer
Menahem Golan .... producer
Avi Kleinberger .... associate producer
Ken Metcalfe .... associate producer: Philippines
Original Music by
Michael Linn 
Cinematography by
Hanania Baer (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Andy Horvitch  (as Andrew Horvitch)
Peter Lee-Thompson 
Marcus Manton 
Marcel Mindlin 
Daniel Wetherbee  (as Dan Wetherbee)
Casting by
Perry Bullington 
Robert MacDonald 
Ken Metcalfe 
Production Design by
Adrian Gorton  (as Adrian H. Gorton)
Costume Design by
Audrey M. Bansmer  (as Audrey Bansmer)
Makeup Department
Tony Artieda .... makeup artist: Philippines
Totoy Cerna .... assistant makeup artist: Philippines
Edith Sanchez .... assistant makeup artist: Philippines
Production Management
Tony Ezpeleta .... production manager: Philippines
Lope V. Juban Jr. .... production supervisor: Philippines
Michael Kansky .... production manager
Romulo Ramos .... unit manager: Philippines
Michael R. Sloan .... post-production supervisor
Tod Scott Brody .... post-production supervisor (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Ricardo De Guzman .... first assistant director: Philippines
Pepito Diaz .... third assistant director: Philippines
Tal Ron .... first assistant director (as Ron Tal)
Gene Rose Singson .... second assistant director: Philippines
Art Department
Francisco Balangue .... construction manager: Philippines
Mario Carmona .... assistant construction lead: Philippines
Tess Catapusan .... draftswoman: Philippines
Bill Dacuson .... assistant set decorator: Philippines
Angelito Felipe .... head painter: Philippines
Camilo Felipe .... assistant head painter: Philippines
Giovanna Gorton .... assistant art director
Roy Lachica .... assistant art director: Philippines
Pense Libre .... set decorator: Philippines
Salustiano Maestro .... assistant propsman: Philippines
Alan Munro .... story boards
Ramon Nicdao .... art director: Philippines
Gambino Payawal .... construction foreman: Philippines (as Gavino Payawal)
Fred Sangalang .... set dressing carpenter: Philippines
Dading Urbano .... property master: Philippines
Eduardo Urbano .... assistant propsman: Philippines (as Eddy Urbano)
Sound Department
Jim Borgardt .... adr editor (as Jim Bogardt)
Ed Callahan .... sound effects editor
Joseph D. Citarella .... re-recording mixer (as Joseph Citarella)
Simon Coke .... sound effects editor
David Fechtor .... foley editor
Robert Fitzgerald .... dialogue editor (as Bob Fitzgerald)
Marva Fucci .... assistant sound effects editor
Stanley B. Gill .... sound recordist
Jacob Goldstein .... sound mixer
Ruben Goltiano .... cable man: Philippines
Charles Grenzbach .... re-recording mixer (as Bud Grenzbach)
Allen Hartz .... sound effects editor (as Alan Hartz)
Cliff Latimer .... dialogue editor (as Clifford Latimer)
Lorie O'Shatz .... dialogue editor (as Lorrie Oshatz)
Hari Ryatt .... supervising sound editor
Donald Santos .... sound man: Philippines
Craig Smith .... foley editor
Tracey Smith .... adr editor
Ira Spiegel .... sound effects editor
Amy Vincent .... assistant sound effects editor
Fred Wasser .... sound effects editor
Marian Wilde .... assistant sound effects editor
John Wilkinson .... re-recording mixer (as John 'Doc' Wilkinson)
Special Effects by
Danilo Dominguez .... head of special effects: Philippines
Roland Salem .... special effects assistant: Philippines (as Rolando Salem)
Visual Effects by
Danilo Dominguez .... head of visual effects: Philippines
Douglas Ivan .... stunts (as Doug Ivan)
Steven Lambert .... stunt coordinator (as Steve Lambert)
Ken Lesco .... stunts (as Kenny Lesco)
Renato Morado .... stunt coordinator: Philippines
Richard Norton .... stunts
Mike Stone .... stunt double: Ninja
Camera and Electrical Department
Rufo Ballos Balicas .... grip: Philippines (as Rufo Balicas)
Silvano Balicas .... head grip: Philippines
Ernesto Baltonado .... electrician: Philippines
Julian Baltonado .... chief electrician: Philippines
Fred Conde .... second unit camera: Philippines (as Freddie Conde)
Joe Dadley .... generator operator: Philippines
Dan Elsasser .... first assistant camera
Eitan Gartushka .... gaffer (as Eithan Gartushka)
Jun Rasca .... camera assistant: Philippines
Nonong Rasca .... additional photography: Philippines
Diane Roderick .... still photographer (as Diane Gale Roderick)
Rick Rolnick .... gaffer
George Rosales .... camera assistant: Philippines
John Savka .... key grip
Casting Department
Maria Metcalfe .... casting: Philippines
Henry Strzalkowski .... casting assistant: Philippines (as Henry Stralkowski)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Ramon Alonzo .... assistant wardrobe: Philippines
Wynn Arenas .... wardrobe master: Philippines
Dana Sanchez .... assistant wardrobe
Editorial Department
Clement Barclay .... assistant editor
Ken Bornstein .... associate editor
Michael J. Duthie .... supervising editor
Dan Engstrom .... assistant editor
Marcelo Sansevieri .... assistant editor
Lauren A. Schaffer .... assistant editor (as Lauren Schaffer)
Grace Valenti .... assistant editor
Donald Freeman .... final colorist (uncredited)
Omneya 'Nini' Mazen .... post-production coordinator (uncredited)
Music Department
Brad Barclay .... assistant music editor
Virginia S. Ellsworth .... music editor (as Virginia Ellsworth)
Dory Lubliner .... music editor (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Emil De Guzman .... picture vehicles: Philippines
Primo Guina .... transportation manager: Philippines (as Firmo Guina)
Other crew
Joe Alonsabe .... production accountant: Philippines
Linda Angeles .... nurse: Philippines
Wenden K. Baldwin .... title designer
Ann Bang .... production coordinator (as Ann W. Bang)
John Buensalida .... production assistant: Philippines
Paul Clowdus .... production accountant
Anne Cochran .... publicity coordinator
Jessie Cuneta .... location manager: Philippines
Salvador De Guzman .... legal advisor: Philippines
Boy Dominguez .... chief armorer: Philippines
Anne G. Garcia .... production secretary: Philippines (as Anne Garcia)
Tony Racho .... medical team head: Philippines (as Dr. Tony Racho)
Ronit Ravich-Boss .... script supervisor (as Ronit Ravich)
Joseph Santos .... head utility: Philippines
Mike Stone .... choreographer: ninja/martial arts
Claire Felicen .... script supervisor: second unit (uncredited)

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Also Known As:
"American Warrior" - UK (theatrical title), USA (trailer title)
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95 min
Color (TVC)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Australia:M | Finland:K-18 (uncut) (2008) | Finland:K-16 (cut) (1986) | Germany:16 (2011) (re-rating) | Germany:Not Rated (SPIO/JK) (2004) (uncut) | Iceland:14 (original rating) | Netherlands:16 | Netherlands:12 (DVD rating) | Norway:18 (video premiere) | Portugal:M/16 | Singapore:NC-16 | South Korea:18 (VHS/DVD rating) | South Korea:15 (theatrical rating) (1989) | UK:18 | USA:R (Certificate #27866) | West Germany:18 (original rating) (cut)
Filming Locations:

Did You Know?

Michael Dudikoff knew no martial arts before filming began.See more »
Revealing mistakes: When Joe and Patricia jump from the helicopter and land on the roof, you can see that they are landing on an orange mat.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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11 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
Mildly diverting '80s action, 13 March 2004
Author: Wizard-8 from Victoria, BC

Most people today have forgotten, or just don't know, that AMERICAN NINJA did quite well (for an independent film, at least) when released to theaters, grossing 35 times its 1 million dollar budget. The sequels (that were released to theaters) didn't do as well, the chief reason probably being of Dudikoff's performance. For his first starring role, Dudikoff is pretty underwhelming in the lead. He has a blank expression in his eyes a lot of the time, and other times he seems plain nervous, as if he doesn't seem to know what to do. And it's clear that he was far from an expert in martial arts, seeing that the choreography has him doing pretty simple moves much of the time, and that for the most part he does only one or two moves before the editing cuts to another angle.

Most of the action (with or without Dudikoff) isn't terribly spectacular, and many viewers will probably get a little impatient between action scenes, since the movie isn't wall-to-wall action. Still, the movie never gets to be seriously boring; there are a few decent action scenes, and the goofiness of ninjas bouncing the story around does give the movie an entertaining cheesiness. Plus, there is the presence of Steve James, who (despite his limited time) really gives a likable and entertaining performance, and gets to show his genuine martial arts skills. He got to show more of all this in the sequel, which unsuprisingly is a significant improvement over this entry.

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