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


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Release Date:

11 October 1985 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Remo Williams and the Secret of Sinanju  »

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Did You Know?


Even though Christopher Wood was credited with writing the screenplay, director Guy Hamilton admitted in an interview with American Cinematographer magazine that he rewrote the screenplay when he was hired to direct the picture. He also came up with the Statue of Liberty chase when he saw the statue undergoing renovation and realized the potential of the location. See more »


On the Statue of Liberty scaffolding, Remo's feet bump into a piece of pipe. In the next shot, Remo's point of view of the pipe, his feet are nowhere to be seen, and the pipe is now shorter and in a different position. See more »


Chiun: Place your hands behind your head.
[Remo complies, then doubles over from a blow from Chiun, too fast to be seen ]
Chiun: I did not say keep them there. Your reflexes are pitiful! The seasons move faster.
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References Saboteur (1942) See more »


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A great Saturday afternoon popcorn movie
23 January 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

So what if the the total package is not up to blockbuster standards. We need these types of film to go and have a great afternoon at the movies where you don't have to think and you can eat a lot of popcorn. I dug the hell out of this movie because it didn't take itself too seriously. It looks like they had a fun time making it and God bless em' for it! You started to get a little idea of the outrageousness of it all when Chiun begins talking about all the other great martial arts as mere shadows compared with his fighting style. And then there's the water-walking or running toward the end of the film. And the super secret organization (with only 3 members!) answering only to the President. What a hoot! But every time I see it on the tube, I'm right there watching it if I can.

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