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Mercenary Fighters (1988)

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Cast overview, first billed only:
T.J. Christian
Cliff Taylor (as Ron O'Neil)
Wilson Jeffords
Colonel Kyemba
Jerry Biggs ...
Mac Jeffords
Nurse Ruth Warwick
Henry Cele ...
Laurens Celliers ...
Sanchez (as Laurens Cilliers)
Graham Clarke ...
Robert Whitehead ...
Jonathan Rands ...
Deke Johannsen
Vusi Dibekwane ...
Kyemba's 2IC
Allen Booi ...
Sgt. Obote
Sydney Chama ...
Sgt. Tala


The president of an African country wants to boost his economy with a new dam. He ignores the protests of the tribes in the flooded region, so they declare rebellion. To avoid bad publicity, the president doesn't use his army, but hires four international mercenaries, who shall find tribes leader Kuruba and smother the protest. However after learning about the tribes motivation, the Vietnam veterans T.J. and Cliff realize how they're being used and reconsider. Written by Tom Zoerner <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>

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War is hell. Especially if you fight on both sides.


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February 1988 (USA)  »

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Freedom Fighters  »

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According to actor Richard Kiel in his autobiography "Making it Big in the Movies", he only turned down four roles in his whole life and the part that Peter Fonda plays in this movie is one of them. See more »


Colonel Kyemba: We can't! The press!
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Solid genre film
4 January 2006 | by (Centreville, Virginia) – See all my reviews

If action is your genre, this film won't disappoint. The story never sags as it follows its band of mercenaries through a mine field of shifting loyalties and enemies. This movie has great visuals throughout and a solid ensemble cast led by Peter Fonda. Characterization is minimal, which is typical with this type of story, but the actors do a good job of keeping it real. The female love interest is especially good in her role as the nurse who risks her own life to defend the tribe. While it's true that nothing in this film stands out as truly memorable, it is definitely one of the better, older action films I've come across. If you're in the mood for something literary, skip it, this is pure pulp, but it's entertaining and delivers the goods the genre demands.

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