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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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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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Look Out! He's Unarmed and Dangerous! See more »


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11 October 1985 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Remo Williams and the Secret of Sinanju  »

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Did You Know?


Some of the actors who auditioned for the part of Remo Williams claimed to be proficient in the martial art of Sinanju, not realizing it was a fiction derived from "The Destroyer" novels on which the movie was based. See more »


When Remo jumps through the plate glass window, the glass shatters (or there is a jump cut) a split second before he hits. See more »


Remo Williams: Hey MacCleary, can you dodge bullets?
Conn MacCleary: Only if they come real slow.
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Referenced in Toto Lost in New York (1996) See more »


Performed by The Commodores
Written by Franne Golde, Paul Fox, Bobby Caldwell
Courtesy of Motown Record Corporation
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This movie has it all
8 March 2001 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

This is a classic 80's action flick, with a twist. The two main characters are a kick to watch as the hardboiled New York cop is trained in the ways of the wise master of shinanju. The action scenes are awesome, and there are plenty of laughs as we watch our hero Remo struggle to overcome his fears and vices to become a master of shinanju. Fred Ward as Remo and Joel Grey as Chun really capitalize on the comedic opportunities here. The soundtrack is top-notch, perfectly blending a patriotic hero theme with graceful oriental influences. I highly recommend you take this one home and check it out - it's a lot of fun.

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