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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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There is an Eleventh Commandment: "Thou shalt not get away with it." This Commandment has a name: REMO WILLIAMS. See more »


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11 October 1985 (USA)  »

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Remo Williams and the Secret of Sinanju  »

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The Destroyer name was not used in the title because Marvel Comics owns a character called the Mighty 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: Professional assassination. It's the highest form of public service.
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Features Asteroids (1979) See more »


Performed by The Commodores
Written by Franne Golde, Paul Fox, Bobby Caldwell
Courtesy of Motown Record Corporation
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Remo Williams makes James Bond look like Maxwell Smart...
2 June 1999 | by (Barry, Texas USA) – See all my reviews

Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins... is a terrific action/espionage film that rides on the wave of the immensely popular Roger Moore 007 films of the 80s. But, Williams is a decidedly different spy...a policeman who "dies", but is brought back through the miracles of plastic surgery to become Remo Williams, the enigmatic point man for CURE, headed by the wonderful Wilford Brimley as Harold Smith. The true scene stealer in this action-packed, fast-paced film is Joel Grey as the Korean martial/mental arts master, Chiun, who delivers the best lines and performance of the movie. Fred Ward is also good as our hero, who is physically imposing and equally emotionally distraught as Remo Williams.

Highly recommended for action lovers, spy fans, and people who love quirky films that have been lost, but not forgotten.

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