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Commando (1985)

R  |   |  Action, Adventure, Thriller  |  4 October 1985 (USA)
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A retired elite Black Ops Commando launches a one man war against a group of South American criminals who have kidnapped his daughter to blackmail him into starting a revolution and getting an exiled dictator back into power.



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A retired special agent named John Matrix led an elite unit and has left the armed forces to live in a secluded mountain home with his daughter Jenny. But now he is forced out of retirement when his daughter is kidnapped by a band of thugs intent on revenge! Unbeknownst to Matrix, the members of his former unit are being killed one by one. Even though Matrix' friend General Franklin Kirby gives Matrix armed guards, attackers manage to kidnap Matrix and Jenny. Matrix learns that Bennett, a former member of his Matrix' unit who was presumed dead has kidnapped him to try to force Matrix to do a political assassination for a man called Arius (who calls himself El Presidente), a warlord formerly bested by Matrix who wishes to lead a military coup in his home country. Since Arius will have Jenny killed if Matrix refuses, Matrix reluctantly accepts the demand. Written by Anthony Pereyra {hypersonic91@yahoo.com}

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Release Date:

4 October 1985 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Komando  »

Box Office


$10,000,000 (estimated)

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Sound Mix:

(4 channels)


Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Nick Nolte was the original choice for John Matrix, but Arnold Schwarzenegger was cast instead. See more »


In the beginning when Matrix has the tree and the chainsaw, the chainsaw bar changes from a dirty silver one to one that is black and says "McCullough". See more »


Arius: Now that I have you, you will do exactly as I tell you.
John Matrix: Fuck you.
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Music by Andy Taylor
Lyrics by Michael Des Barres
Performed by Power Station
Produced by Bernard Edwards and Andy Taylor
Courtesy of Capitol-EMI Records
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Probably the best action film.
25 December 1999 | by (Larvik, Norway) – See all my reviews

Commando is in my mind the best action film out there to date, this movie was made 14 years ago and no other film can push it out of first position.

The film got everything: a great looking Arnold, extremely fine music by James Horner and great settings for the action scenes. It`s a great ride of perfection when it comes to entertaining action fans. Rae Dawn Chong and Alyssa Milano gives fine performances as well.

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