Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins (1985)

PG-13  |   |  Action, Adventure, Comedy  |  11 October 1985 (USA)
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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 <>

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A hero who doesn't exist must save America from an enemy we never knew we had. See more »


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Based upon characters from an extensive series of spy/fantasy novels called "The Destroyer". See more »


When Remo is first approached by the thugs, we see that he is standing on the scaffolding even with Lady Liberty's face. He then gets forced backwards, grabs onto a pole that breaks free and swings out away from the statue. The shot from below shows Remo, hanging from the pole, at the height of Liberty's feet. He then slides down the pole to the next lower level, and then is back on the scaffolding even with Liberty's face. See more »


Chiun: You did not ask to be white. So perhaps that is not your fault. You did not ask to be here. Perhaps that is not your fault, either.
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Referenced in Jake Speed (1986) See more »


Remo's Theme (What If)
Performed by Tommy Shaw
Written by Tommy Shaw and Richie Cannata
Courtesy of A&M Records, Inc.
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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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