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A team of commandos on a mission in a Central American jungle find themselves hunted by an extraterrestrial warrior.


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A team of special force ops, led by a tough but fair soldier, Major "Dutch" Schaefer, are ordered in to assist CIA man, George Dillon, on a rescue mission for potential survivors of a Helicopter downed over remote South American jungle. Not long after they land, Dutch and his team discover that they have been sent in under false pretenses. This deception turns out to be the least of their worries though, when they find themselves being methodically hunted by something not of this world. Written by Laygz

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In this movie, Arnold will experience every meaning of the word '' Pain ''. See more »


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Release Date:

12 June 1987 (USA)  »

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Alien Hunter  »

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$15,000,000 (estimated)


$59,735,548 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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The original plot had Dutch Schaefer pitted against the Predator alone. Arnold Schwarzenegger thought this was a bad idea. The script was rewritten to include a team of crack commandos. See more »


During the terrorist camp attack, a man with a mustache, red bandanna on his neck and a hat is seen shooting down at Mac, who promptly hides behind some rock and tells Blaine to help and kill him for him. Blaine fires ahead and the man is then seen being shot dead, falling down and smashing through a roof next Hawkins and Poncho. Next, some more terrorists are seen to pop up to start shooting, one of them being the same man with the mustache, red bandanna around the neck and a hat who was seen being killed just seconds earlier. See more »


[first lines]
Major General Phillips: You're looking good, Dutch.
Dutch: It's been a long time, General.
Major General Phillips: Come on inside.
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Crazy Credits

All the 7 main cast members re-appear in ascending order as their names are displayed to give a smile to the audience in appreciation. See more »


References Black Sunday (1977) See more »


Performed by Little Richard
Written by Little Richard (as R. Penniman), Enotris Johnson (as E. Johnson) and Robert 'Bumps' Blackwell (as R. Blackwell)
Courtesy of Specialty Records
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23 August 2004 | by (England) – See all my reviews

With the release of Alien Vs Predator i decided to watch the original Predator movie today. I've seen Predator many many times since i first watched it back in 1989 and i love it each and every time. I think Predator 2 has a slight edge over this but Predator has a slight edge over Aliens BUT i think they are all extremely excellent films.

Just in case you don't know, it's about a big alien whose race lives to hunt worthy prey and Arnold Schwarzenegger's team of commandos are that such prey. The commandos are sent into a South American jungle to find some missing airmen who are being held by guerrilla's. They do what they got to do which attracts the attention of the predator who is hunting in the area. So the predator goes and hunts the commandos with the aid of his kick ass weapons and cloaking device. The commandos also have a female prisoner.

I think the whole sub-plot about the so called missing airmen isn't too important to the viewer but makes it possible for the commandos to be there. The entire concept of Predator is really clever and it certainly made me sit on the edge of my seat while watching it the first time. It is kind of spooky in a terrifying way as we don't see the predator properly for ages but see through his eyes which adds to the tension.

The effects are great, the acting is OK and the story is cool too. I really like the music and especially the spooky twisted jungle sounds that we hear when we see through the eyes of the predator. This is a sci-fi action movie that isn't just full of cheap explosions. It really does have great atmosphere. Everyone who likes sci-fi and/or action movies should like this. If you don't then your taste in movies suck! This in my humble opinion is probably the second best sci-fi movie of all time.

Alien Vs Predator has little of what made this so excellent so if you haven't seen Predator and thought AVP sucked don't think that this will. Predator is absolutely fantastic viewing. 10/10

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