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Commando -- A retired elite commando has only a few hours to find and rescue his daughter from an exiled dictator.

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Director:
Writers:
Jeph Loeb (story) &
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Release Date:
4 October 1985 (USA) See more »
Genre:
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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2 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Bad Plot, senseless killing, Arnold's at his worst: I like it! See more (411 total) »

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 Royce ... Intercept Officer
John Reyes ... Val Verde Heavy
Billy Cardenas ... Val Verde Heavy
Edward Reyes ... Val Verde Heavy
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)
 
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
 
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
James Nordberg .... transportation (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Anthony Blake Brand .... production assistant
Dennis Chase .... craft service
Robert C. Decker .... location manager (as Robert Decker)
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
John Panzarella .... location manager
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
Al Cerullo .... helicopter pilot (uncredited)
Jack Crain .... knife design/manufacturer (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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Certification:
Australia:R | Australia:MA (Definitive Edition DVD) | Canada:R (Manitoba) | Canada:AA (Ontario) | Canada:13+ (Quebec) | Finland:K-18 | Finland:K-18 (DVD rating) (cut) | Finland:K-15 (TV rating) (uncut) | Finland:K-16 (cut) (1992) | Finland:K-18 (cut) (1985) | France:-12 | Germany:18 (2010) | Germany:Not Rated (DVD) (2001) (SPIO/JK) (uncut) | Iceland:16 | Ireland:18 (cut UK version) | Italy:VM14 (orginal rating) | Italy:T (re-rating) | Netherlands:16 | New Zealand:M | New Zealand:R (re rating) (2009) | Norway:18 (video premiere) (1987) (cut) | Norway:(Banned) (1985-2003) (cinema release) | Portugal:M/16 | Singapore:M18 | South Korea:18 | Spain:18 | Sweden:(Banned) | Sweden:15 (video rating) | UK:18 | USA:R (certificate #27763) | West Germany:18 (nf)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
Vernon Wells wasn't the original actor cast to play Bennett. He did audition for the role, but another actor got it. On the first day of filming however, director Mark L. Lester fired the other actor and hired Wells. This is the reason that Bennett's clothes seem so tight, because Wells was bigger than the original actor, and the production didn't have time to make a new costume. Over the years, a rumor has developed that Wells originally auditioned for the part of Matrix, but this is false.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When Matrix arrives at the airport, Bennett is in a Mercedes. The passenger door can be seen to have no rain guard along the top. When Matrix sticks his head in the door to talk to Bennett, a rain guard is clearly visible. As Matrix walks away, the rain guard has disappeared.See more »
Quotes:
Matrix:A guy I trusted for years wants me dead.
Cindy:I've only known you five minutes and I want you dead, too.
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Soundtrack:
WE FIGHT FOR LOVESee more »

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104 out of 121 people found the following review useful.
Bad Plot, senseless killing, Arnold's at his worst: I like it!, 15 August 2001
Author: Kristine (kristinedrama14@msn.com) from Chicago, Illinois

Arnold, what can you say? He was so awful, yet so incredibly lovable in this terrific action film. Commando is a film I have watched since I was a little girl, it was actually released the year I was born, so I feel old now. :D But this film meant a lot to me because it was mine and my dad's film, of course, he covered my eyes during some certain unnecessary sex scenes, but we always got a kick out of the great screen play. The lines and action in Commando makes it a great and fun film to watch.

It's about a man, Matrix, played by Arnold, his daughter, played by a very young Alyssa Malono, is kidnapped by terrorists, in particular a dictator who Matrix managed to keep from destroying a country. They give Matrix a chance to save his daughter, by killing the leader of the country the dictator was trying to destroy, since Matrix was so trusted by their leader, it'll make it more controversial. But Matrix has other plans and escapes the airplane, he has 17 hours to save his daughter and kidnaps a sassy flight attendant. But she ends up wanting to help Matrix once she finds out that his daughter is kidnapped, together they work to get back to the dictator's house and save his daughter.

The great thing about this film is that Arnold goes though at least 60 extras who are all shooting at him, they miss him and he kills them all. But it's just fun to watch, as unrealistic as it is. My favorite line in Commando is when Matrix is about to throw Sully over a cliff and says "Remember Sully when I said I'd kill you last?" "That's right, Matrix! You did!" "I lied!" LOL! That was such a great scene. Commando is a great action film that anyone could at least get a good kick out of.

10/10

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