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Cocaine Wars (1985)

R | | Action, Drama | November 1985 (USA)
Miami DEA agent Cliff Adams is in South America working undercover for Gonzalo Reyes, the biggest cocaine exporter in South America. Cliff's fiancée, Janet Meade, is a reporter doing a ... See full summary »

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Kathryn Witt ...
Janet Meade
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Bailey
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Gonzalo Reyes
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Gen. Lujan
Ivan Grey ...
Klausmann
Ricardo Hamlin ...
Wilhelm (as Richard Hamlin)
Edgardo Moreira ...
Rikki (as Edgar Moore)
Armando Capo ...
Oswaldo (as Armand Capo)
Martín Coria ...
Gomez (as Martin Korey)
Tom Cundom ...
Bailey's Driver
Ken Edgar ...
Kenny
Joe Capanga ...
Miguel
Marcos Woinsky ...
Pugg (as Mark Woinski)
Jacques Arndt ...
Franco
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Miami DEA agent Cliff Adams is in South America working undercover for Gonzalo Reyes, the biggest cocaine exporter in South America. Cliff's fiancée, Janet Meade, is a reporter doing a story about Reyes. Reyes orders Cliff to kill Marcelo Villalba, who is running for his countries position as president, but Cliff can't bring himself to do it, because his assignment from the DEA is to work against Reyes. Reyes is afraid Villalba will put him out of business, and is afraid that Janet's story will do the same thing, so Reyes sends someone else after Villalba, and then Reyes has Janet kidnapped, and Cliff is the only one who can keep Reyes' plans from succeeding. Written by Todd Baldridge <sandib@eastky.com>

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One American against the world's drug armies! See more »

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Gen. Lujan: [while applying the cattle prod to Cliff's teeth] "Tell me, Cliff... where are the papers?... You have no choice because I'm going to kill you...
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Routine but passable drug-war "actioner" set in S. America.
22 July 2000 | by (Minneapolis) – See all my reviews

The title and accompanying art work don't hold out much promise but this is a competent piece of film-making with several touches which lift it ever so slightly above the mediocre. However, the material is too routine and predictable to have much impact and its lack of distinction may have helped put an end to John Schneider's movie career. This is unfortunate since Schneider had both youth and size at this point and could possibly have competed with Schwarzenegger, Van Damme, and Chuck Norris for leads in action movies. (Assuming he got a better haircut.)

Schneider plays a man at odds with a South American drug lord and in one scene Schneider is captured and tortured for information by the drug lord's henchmen. He's stripped of his shirt, thus allowing him to show off an impressive but not over-muscled physique, and bound spreadeagled-style. Here, as is common throughout the movie, there's a small but imaginative touch that elevates the otherwise unexceptional proceedings.

As expected, Schneider is forced to endure electroshocks since electricity is almost always the torture of choice in these movies. And, as expected, his pants are left on, thus putting off-limits, in a gentlemanly sort of way, the very parts of his body most vulnerable to electric shocks! This means the sadistic henchman with the cattle-prod restricts himself just to shocks above his victim's waist. (Yes, there's the usual close-up of the tip of the prod being held to one of Schneider's sweaty nipples.)

But the sequence ends with a distinctive flair. Black-gloved hands pry apart Schneider's lips and we see the prod being roughly inserted into his mouth. Now, sticking something into the mouth of a man you're trying to make "talk" may not be very logical, but it gives the scene a sexual connotation that is often missing in these sequences, and it imparts to even a jaded audience the sort of chill that makes them pause and think: "Now, that must REALLY hurt."

Kathryn Witt, the indispensable "girlfriend," makes the most of trite material.


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