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Predator (1987)

R  |   |  Action, Horror, Sci-Fi  |  12 June 1987 (USA)
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A team of commandos on a mission in a Central American jungle find themselves hunted by an extra-terrestrial 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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Release Date:

12 June 1987 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

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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Did You Know?


Sonny Landham was hired to work on this film, but on one condition: the insurance company insisted on a round-the-clock bodyguard for him--not to protect the actor, but to protect everyone else from him, as he had a reputation for engaging in bar fights, brawls, etc. See more »


After Anne runs away from Dillon and is caught, Dillon lifts her up and her hands are in front of her "bound" together. One of the zipties that is supposed to be around her wrist is hanging loose and her hands are clearly no longer bound, although she holds them together as if they were. 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 »


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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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An excellent Schwarzenegger classic that still attracts viewers and keeps people thrilled
25 July 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Predator is definitely one of the best alien thrillers ever made. It is one of my personal favorite movies. When I first saw just a brief part of Predator when I was about five, I was freaked out and scared to even watch the movie for many ages, but eventually, once getting older, came to like it. The Predator, played by Kevin Peter Hall, is a very realistic and believable creature for the 1980s, when this movie was created. I like how humanlike its form is, and how un-humanlike it is at the same time. The creature's four mandibles were a great idea for its distinct facial characteristics and the creature's roar is awesome, one of the best ever produced. This movie stars Arnold Schwarzenegger, Carl Weathers, Bill Duke, Jesse Ventura, Richard Chaves, Elipidi Carillo, Shane Black, and Sonny Landham and they are all believable in their roles and even add to the humor that this movie has. This is obviously the best of the Predator movies and still one of the most highly liked thrillers today. And let's all show respect for Kevin Peter Hall, who died a year after he had made Predator 2.

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