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Commando -- In this early action classic that features his unique blend of thrills and offbeat humor, Arnold Schwarzenegger stars as Col. John Matrix, ultimate soldier and one-man army. Matrix, the former leader of a special commando strike force that always got the toughest jobs done, is forced back into action when his young daughter (Alyssa Milano) is kidnapped. To find her, Matrix has to fight his way through an array of punks, killers, one of his former commandos, and a fully equipped private army. With the help of a feisty stewardess (Rae Dawn Chong) and an old friend, Matrix has only a few hours to overcome his greatest challenge: finding his daughter before she's killed.
Commando -- A retired elite commando has only a few hours to find and rescue his daughter from an exiled dictator.

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Writers:
Jeph Loeb (story) &
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Release Date:
4 October 1985 (USA) See more »
Tagline:
If there's a mission that no man could survive...then *he's* the man for the job. See more »
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Arnold Schwarzenegger ... John Matrix

Rae Dawn Chong ... Cindy

Dan Hedaya ... Arius

Vernon Wells ... Bennett

James Olson ... Major General Franklin Kirby

David Patrick Kelly ... Sully

Alyssa Milano ... Jenny Matrix

Bill Duke ... Cooke

Drew Snyder ... Lawson
Sharon Wyatt ... Leslie

Michael DeLano ... Forrestal

Bob Minor ... Jackson

Michael Adams ... Harris (as Mike Adams)

Gary Carlos Cervantes ... Diaz (as Carlos Cervantes)
Lenny Juliano ... Soldier
Charles Meshack ... Henriques

Chelsea Field ... Western Flight Attendant
Julie Hayek ... Western Flight Attendant
Hank Calia ... Latin Man

Walter Scott ... Cates
Greg Wayne Elam ... Biggs (as Gregory W. Elam)

George Fisher ... Mall Security Guard
Phil Adams ... Officer in Galleria

Ava Cadell ... Girl in Bed at Motel

Mikul Robins ... Boy in Bed at Motel

Branscombe Richmond ... Vega

Matt Landers ... Fred
Peter DuPont ... Daryl
Tom Simmons ... Kirby's Driver

Bill Paxton ... Intercept Officer

Richard D. Reich ... Intercept Officer (as Richard Royce)
John Reyes ... Val Verde Heavy
Billy Cardenas ... Val Verde Heavy
Eddie Reyes ... Val Verde Heavy (as Edward Reyes)
Vivian Daily ... Woman Officer

Thomas Rosales Jr. ... Young Guerrilla
Ronald C. McCarty ... Guerrilla
Jim Painter ... Police Officer
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Rick Sawaya ... Island Guerrilla (uncredited)

Directed by
Mark L. Lester 
 
Writing credits
Jeph Loeb (story) (as Joseph Loeb III) &
Matthew Weisman (story) and
Steven E. de Souza (story)

Steven E. de Souza (screenplay)

Produced by
Stephanie Brody .... co-associate producer
Robert Kosberg .... co-associate producer
Jeph Loeb .... associate producer (as Joseph Loeb III)
Joel Silver .... producer
Matthew Weisman .... associate producer
 
Original Music by
James Horner 
 
Cinematography by
Matthew F. Leonetti 
 
Film Editing by
Glenn Farr 
Mark Goldblatt 
John F. Link 
 
Casting by
Jackie Burch 
 
Production Design by
John Vallone 
 
Set Decoration by
Robert Gould 
 
Makeup Department
Joe McKinney .... makeup artist
William Turner .... makeup artist
Joy Zapata .... hair stylist
 
Production Management
Larry Kostroff .... unit production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
K.C. Colwell .... second assistant director
Bennie E. Dobbins .... second unit director
Karen Gaviola .... dga trainee
Beau Marks .... first assistant director (as Beau E.L. Marks)
Brad Yacobian .... additional second assistant director
 
Art Department
Craig Baron .... set dresser
William D. Derham .... lead man
Bruce Di Valerio .... propmaker foreman (as Bruce DiValerio)
Cal DiValerio .... construction coordinator
Ron Esposito .... construction painter
Douglas Forsmith .... set dresser
Jaymes Hinkle .... production painter
Nikita Knatz .... production illustrator
Mark Lapotsky .... greensman
Douglas E. Madison .... property master (as Doug Madison)
Daniel Maltese .... set designer (as Dan Maltese)
David Q. Quick .... assistant property master (as David Quick)
John M. Schenk .... assistant property master (as John Schenk)
Tom Shaw Jr. .... assistant property master
William Boyd .... construction foreman (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Don J. Bassman .... sound re-recording mixer (as Don Bassman)
Gary Bolger .... foley recordist
Fred J. Brown .... special sound effects (as Frederick J. Brown)
Kevin E. Carpenter .... adr mixer (as Kevin Carpenter)
Kevin F. Cleary .... sound re-recording mixer
Richard Corwin .... sound editor
Evelyn Dutton .... foley artist
Jim Fitzpatrick .... stereo sound consultant: Dolby
William Hartman .... sound editor
Craig Heath .... sound recordist
Pieter Hubbard .... sound editor
David M. Ice .... sound editor (as David Ice)
Brent Johnson .... cable person
Donald F. Johnson .... production sound mixer (as Don Johnson)
Michael O'Corrigan .... sound editor (as Michael Corrigan)
Margie O'Malley .... foley artist (as Margie Denecke)
Richard Overton .... sound re-recording mixer
Glad Pickering .... adr editor
Michelle Pleis .... assistant sound effects editor
Hank Salerno .... supervising adr editor
Ronald Sinclair .... adr editor (as Ron Sinclair)
Gail Steele .... foley artist (as Gail Ganley Steele)
Jules Strasser .... boom operator
Tim Webb .... sound re-recordist
Vic Zaslav .... adr recordist
 
Special Effects by
Doug Hubbard .... special effects
Gary L. King .... special effects (as Gary King)
Jay King .... special effects
Roger Lifsey .... special effects
Bill Mattox .... special effects
Henry Millar .... special effects coordinator
Mike Millar .... special effects
John Peyser .... special effects
Rick Thompson .... special effects (as Richard Thompson)
 
Visual Effects by
Jim Danforth .... matte artist (uncredited)
Jim Danforth .... matte photographer (uncredited)
Alan G. Markowitz .... visual effects supervisor (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Michael Adams .... stunts
Bruce Paul Barbour .... stunts
Simone Boisseree .... stunts
May Boss .... stunts (as May R. Boss)
Jophery C. Brown .... stunts (as Jophery Brown)
Tony Brubaker .... stunts
Jerry Brutsche .... stunts
Richard E. Butler .... stunts
Roger Callard .... stunts
Carl Ciarfalio .... stunts
Justin De Rosa .... stunts
Vince Deadrick Sr. .... stunts
Leon Delaney .... stunts
Nick Dimitri .... stunts
Bennie E. Dobbins .... stunt coordinator
Bennie E. Dobbins .... stunts
Richard L. Duran .... stunts
Stephanie Epper .... stunts
Diamond Farnsworth .... stunts
George Fisher .... stunts
Buddy Gilyard .... stunts
Sandra Lee Gimpel .... stunts (as Sandra Gimpel)
Bob Harris .... stunts
Johnny Hock .... stunts (as John Hock)
Larry Holt .... stunts
Jeff Jensen .... stunts
Mike Johnson .... stunts (as John M. Johnson)
Harold Jones .... stunts
Steve Kelso .... stunts
Kimberly King .... stunts
Joel Kramer .... stunts
William T. Lane .... stunts
Lane Leavitt .... stunts
David LeBell .... stunts
Gary McLarty .... stunts
Tom Morga .... stunts
Jeff O'Haco .... stunts
Jeff Ramsey .... stunts
Larry Randles .... stunts
Mario Roberts .... stunts
Ronnie Rondell Jr. .... stunts (as Ronnie Rondell)
Thomas Rosales Jr. .... stunts
Rick Sawaya .... stunts (as Rick Sawya)
Ben Scott .... stunts
John Sherrod .... stunts
Tony Snegoff .... stunts
Frank James Sparks .... stunts (as Frank J. Sparks)
Ceci Vendrell .... stunts
Michael M. Vendrell .... stunts
Greg Walker .... stunts
Rock A. Walker .... stunts (as Rock Walker)
Dick Warlock .... stunts (as Richard Warlock)
Jerry Wills .... stunts
Bob Yerkes .... stunts (as Brayton W. Yerkes)
Peter Kent .... stunt double: Arnold Schwarzenegger (uncredited)
Joel Kramer .... stunt double: Arnold Schwarzenegger (uncredited)
Spiro Razatos .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Mark Averill .... dolly grip
Lloyd Barcroft .... best boy
Douglas E. Beal .... second assistant camera (as Doug Beal)
Pat Blymyer .... best boy (as Patrick Blymyer)
John Donnelly .... second company grip
Bob Ellis .... best boy electric
Robert Fiore .... lamp operator
John R. Leonetti .... first assistant camera
John J. Linder .... key grip (as John Linder)
Bruce McBroom .... still photographer
Tony Rivetti .... first assistant camera: "b" camera
Michael St. Hilaire .... camera operator
Edward R. Thompson Jr. .... best boy electric (as Ed Thompson)
Frank Tobin .... lamp operator
Joseph F. Valentine .... Steadicam operator (as Joe Valentine)
Joseph F. Valentine .... camera operator: "b" camera (as Joe Valentine)
Dave Wachtman .... dolly grip (as David Wachtman)
Ryne Niner .... camera technician (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
David Gonzales .... casting associate
Jim Green .... extras casting
Carl Joy .... extras casting
Billy DaMota .... casting assistant (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Kathie Gale .... costumer: women
Enid Harris .... costumer
Robert B. Harris .... costume supervisor (as Bob Harris)
Louis Infante .... costumer: men (as Lou Infante)
 
Editorial Department
Paul Anderson .... assistant film editor
Carrie Ellison .... assistant film editor
Joseph Guresky .... assistant film editor
Jack Hooper .... negative cutter
David Jansen .... apprentice film editor
Jim Schurmann .... head color timer
Howard Kunin .... supervising editor (uncredited)
 
Location Management
Robert C. Decker .... location manager (as Robert Decker)
John Panzarella .... location manager
 
Music Department
Thomas A. Carlson .... assistant music editor (as Tom Carlson)
Raechel Donahue .... vocal effects advisor
Danny Goldberg .... special music consultant
Jay Gruska .... music producer
James Horner .... music producer
Greig McRitchie .... orchestrator
Ken Runyon .... music editor
Dan Wallin .... music scoring mixer
 
Transportation Department
Whitey Ellison .... transportation coordinator
Wayne Morris .... transportation captain
Ken Bellanca .... driver (uncredited)
Duke Busby .... driver (uncredited)
John Hood .... driver (uncredited)
Cary Kelley .... driver (uncredited)
James Nordberg .... transportation (uncredited)
Joe Ranzl .... driver (uncredited)
Julio Salazar .... driver (uncredited)
Robert Sweet .... driver (uncredited)
Joe Tremblay .... driver (uncredited)
Mike Wacker .... driver (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Anthony Blake Brand .... production assistant
Dennis Chase .... craft service
John Gamble .... helicopter pilot
Debbie Gaudio .... assistant auditor
Larry Hand .... production accountant
Paul Hibler .... caterer
Fred Inman .... police coordinator
Herb Johnson .... pilot: Grumman Goose
Howard Keys .... first aid
Anita Lerner .... assistant: Arnold Schwarzenegger
Richard Liebegott .... production coordinator
Andrew Lipschultz .... publicity coordinator
Peter McKernan Sr. .... helicopter pilot
Peter McKernan .... helicopter pilot (as Peter McKernan Jr.)
Steve McNichols .... production assistant
Lisa Meechan .... production secretary
Leslie Paonessa .... assistant: Mark Lester
George Parra .... apprentice location manager
Ross Reynolds .... helicopter pilot
Ron Rotholz .... assistant: Joel Silver
Arlene Singer-Gross .... teacher (as Arlene Singer)
Charles A. Tamburro .... helicopter pilot (as Charles A. Tamburo)
Michael Tamburro .... helicopter pilot (as Michael E. Tamburo)
Cliff Taylor .... apprentice location manager
Mary Thomas .... assistant: Joel Silver (as Mary C. Thomas)
Elaine K. Thompson .... production associate
Marion Tumen .... script supervisor
Michael M. Vendrell .... martial arts specialist
Tyler Atkinson .... digital distribution (uncredited)
Al Cerullo .... helicopter pilot (uncredited)
Jack Crain .... knife design/manufacturer (uncredited)
Jason Gant .... military consultant (uncredited)
Charles A. Tamburro .... aerial coordinator (uncredited)
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Runtime:
90 min | 92 min (director's cut) | Sweden:75 min (video version)
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Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:
Dolby Stereo (4 channels)
Certification:
Argentina:16 | Australia:R18+ (original rating) | Australia:MA15+ (re-rating) (2001) | Brazil:14 | Canada:R (Manitoba/Nova Scotia) | Canada:AA (Ontario) | Canada:13+ (Quebec) | Chile:18 | Finland:K-15 (TV rating) (uncut) | Finland:K-16 (Director's Cut) (2015) | Finland:K-16 (uncut) (2014) | Finland:K-18 (uncut) (2008) (self applied) | Finland:K-18 (uncut) (1989) | Finland:K-18 (cut) (1985) (2001) | France:12 | Germany:18 (re-rating) (2010) (uncut) | Germany:Not Rated (SPIO/JK) (uncut) (2001) | Hungary:16 | Iceland:16 | Ireland:18 | Italy:VM14 (orginal rating) | Italy:T (re-rating) | Mexico:B-15 | Netherlands:16 | New Zealand:M | New Zealand:RP16 (original rating) | New Zealand:R (re-rating) (2009) | Norway:15 (re-rating) | Norway:18 (video premiere) (1987) (cut) | Norway:(Banned) (1985-2003) (cinema release) | Peru:14 | Portugal:M/16 | Russia:16+ | Singapore:M18 | South Korea:18 | Spain:18 | Sweden:(Banned) | Sweden:15 (video rating) | UK:18 | USA:R (certificate #27763) | West Germany:18 (nf) (cut) (original rating)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
Steven E. de Souza thought up Matrix's escape watching a flight attendant use an airplane elevator.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: The yellow Porsche is damaged in the side collision with the red convertible, but when Matrix flips it upright and drives off in it, the side is undamaged.See more »
Quotes:
Major General Franklin Kirby:You've made enemies all over the world, John.See more »
Soundtrack:
WE FIGHT FOR LOVESee more »

FAQ

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331 out of 367 people found the following review useful.
This movie was touched by God!, 10 March 2007
Author: YugoNinja from Slovenia

Did it ever happen in your life that you've seen such a beautiful movie, such a perfect piece of art, such an unbelievable example of man-made splendor, such a gorgeous masterpiece that it hurt your eyes? Well, I did. And it wasn't the Schindler's List or the Lord of the Rings. No, it was the BEST action movie ever made. The BEST interpretation of the Governator. The BEST explosions. The BEST one-liners. The BEST plot. And the BEST tag-line. This movie is like the Art of Japanese gardening. Simple and beautiful. Balanced. Proportioned. There's just the right amount of everything. And there is just about everything that should go into an action movie: car chases, explosions, drug-lords, sex, an invincible hero, sitting-duck-like enemies, humor, knife duels, fist fights, rocket launchers, blood, death, bullets, glass, pectorals, muscles, some more muscles, explosions and more explosions. You need more? It's got Arnold. Need more? It's got Arnold with a sense of humor. Still more? It's got Arnold with a sense of humor and a rocket launcher. Put these three elements together and try to guess what happens. Destruction. On a mass scale. I won't give away the plot, because it is too intricate and surprising. Basically it is Arnie on a mission to save his daughter. That's about it. But what is important is not the fact that Arnie will save his daughter, but HOW will he save his daughter. Oh, are you saying that The Matrix is the best action movie of all time? Does The Matrix have Arnold Schwarzenegger? NO. Does Commando have the Matrix? YES. JOHN MATRIX, in fact. Oh, so you are saying that Neo dodges bullets? John Matrix doesn't need to. He is bulletproof. He eats bullets for breakfast. Need more proof? I thought so... I gave this Caravaggio painted on celluloid a 10 only because IMDb doesn't go to 11. This movie is so eye-blindingly beautiful I can't find the words to properly end my commentary and render justice to this cinematic masterpiece. So I will just use the movie's tag-line: Somewhere... somehow... someone's going to pay!

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