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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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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 he could successfully make Grey look like an 80-year-old Korean. Fullerton gave it his best shot. Fullerton got an Oscar nomination for his work. See more »

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When Remo practices jumping across the apartment, support wires are visible. See more »

Quotes

Remo Williams: You know, Chiun, you're a real pain in the ass.
Chiun: That is because it is the shortest route to your brain!
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Connections

Followed by Remo Williams: The Prophecy (1988) See more »

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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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