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Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins (1985)

An officially "dead" cop is trained to become an extraordinarily unique assassin in service of the US president.

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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 3 nominations. See more awards »
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Storyline

An NYPD cop is 'killed' in an accident. The death is faked, and he is inducted into the organization CURE, dedicated to preserving the constitution by working outside of it. Remo is to become the enforcement wing (assassin) of CURE, and learns an ancient Korean martial art from Chiun, the Master of Sinanju. Based on the popular pulp series "The Destroyer," by Richard Sapir and Warren Murphy. Written by Ed Sutton <esutton@mindspring.com>

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It's going to take a dead man to save the country...from a death merchant's dream of destruction! See more »


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PG-13 | See all certifications »

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11 October 1985 (USA)  »

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Remo Williams and the Secret of Sinanju  »

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Trivia

Joel Grey was offered the role of Chiun several times before accepting it. He kept turning it down because he didn't think he was the right kind of actor for the part, and he had no previous martial arts experience (and received none once he was cast). What changed Grey's mind was a meeting with Carl Fullerton, the film's make-up artist. Grey said he would take the part if Fullerton could successfully make Grey look like an 80-year-old Korean. Fullerton gave it his best shot. He got an Oscar nomination for his work. See more »

Goofs

At the Statue of Liberty, Remo wraps a rope around a boomer's neck and throws him out of the lift, and the rope jerks taut with a sound that implies the man's neck has broken. Afterward, the man is shown hanging from the rope by his foot. See more »

Quotes

Stone: [suavely] Do I sense frustration?
Major Rayner Fleming: You must have a lot of experience at that.
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Connections

Referenced in Chopping Mall (1986) See more »

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Janet
Performed by The Commodores
Written by Franne Golde, Paul Fox, Bobby Caldwell
Courtesy of Motown Record Corporation
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This is an 80's action film, not the Matrix...
24 August 2003 | by (SoJo, Utah) – See all my reviews

Look all you movie snobs out there. This is a classic 80's action flick and nothing more. Sure there were some effects, but that is not the focus of the story. It is the interplay between Remo and Chuin that makes this one shine. It has classic and memorable lines. And, it was good enough for major plot points to be stolen later by the writers of the Matrix and Men in Black. If you want better action sequences, see those. If you want to see 80's action in all of its glory, get this one. One last point: It is sad that the DVD doesn't have a Widescreen option.


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