G.I. Joe: The Movie (1987)

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The G.I. Joe action force must oppose the ruthless Cobra organization that has secretly allied with a subterranean reptilian people who were their founders.



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Credited cast:
Low Light (voice) (as Charlie Adler)
Jinx (voice)
Jack Angel ...
Wetsuit (voice)
Jackson Beck ...
Narrator (voice)
Motorviper (voice) (as Greg Berger)
Taurus (voice)
Arthur Burghardt ...
Destro / Iceberg (voice)
Tomax (voice)
Beach Head (voice)
Quick Kick (voice)
Dr. Mindbender (voice)
Jennifer Darling ...
Pythona (voice)
Laurie Faso ...
Tunnel Rat (voice)


Time and time again, Cobra has been on the threshhold of global domination, only to be thwarted by the Joes. Now the ruthless terrorist organization has a new ally, the Cobra-La race, led by Golobulus. Golobulus wants to steal the Joes' "Broadcast Energy Transmitter" in order to ripen space spores and mutate the people of Earth. When Duke is injured and the rest of the force immobilized, it's up to the new "rawhides" and Slaughter's Marauders to pick up the slack and save the world Written by Michael Silva <silvamd@cleo.bc.edu>

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Did You Know?


When Sgt. Slaughter uses the term "ditty bag" to illustrate Lt. Falcon's pass or fail. DITY is military jargon for a "Do It Yourself" move; when a soldier out-processes from an installation for discharge or another assignment. See more »


In the opening scene, the tablet carried by the Statue of Liberty is clearly shown with the year of independence (1776) wrongly written as "MDCCIXXVI" instead of "MDCCLXXVI". See more »


[first lines]
Cobra Commander: Cobra, retreat! Retreat!
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Follows G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero (1983) See more »

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Would be very hard to top
17 October 2001 | by (Kansas City) – See all my reviews

Yo Joe!

I'm proud to say that I love this movie. I own it on DVD, and have watched it several times. It just keeps getting better.

What makes this one of the great cartoons from the 80's was it's realistic nature. The idea was obviously post- cold war type conflict put to paper, spawned a few characters, and was animated. And, unlike a lot of crap made today and back then, it worked out very well. And the reason was great writing. The writers of the show/movie had to juggle a story around several dozen characters, tie it all together, make it work, and not overwhelm the audience with it.


Other cartoons couldn't do that as well as GI Joe, or even transformers, without coming off as sugary or presented in a way that talked down to its viewers. And Gi Joe was always fresh with its story, and even kept elements of past episodes together in an ongoing story.

Now as far as this movie installment is concerned, watching it, you kind of get the idea that this was supposed to be a "next generation" type of story, especially dealing with new Joes on the force, and a new threat more powerful than Cobra. Doing away with Cobra Commander wasn't a plot point I liked, because he was always a great character, but it had a valid reasoning linked into the movie, so I let it go. I almost feel that the drama could have been heightened if Duke had died ( which was originally written into the script), but he is a great character, and we can't have a death on a kids' TV show like that.

The Cobra-La element is the one thing that I think was overplayed. I like the idea of a dormant society from thousands of years back trying to reclaim the Earth, and the characters were cool, but the organic creatures that made up the base were a little too much, like a giant cockroach for a bridge, a big....whatever for an air transport. These things stole some of the reality of the cartoon for me, but are still entertaining nonetheless.

If you're a fan, DEFINITELY watch this film!

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