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Skeleton Coast (1988)

During the Angola Civil War, CIA agent Michael Smith is captured by the Communists, prompting a rescue mission organized by his father aided by hired mercenaries.

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Col. Bill Smith
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Maj. Schneider
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Capt. David Simpson
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Elia
Simon Sabela ...
Sekassi
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Rick Weston
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Chuck
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Sam
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Tohsiro
Robin Townsend ...
Opal
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Blade
Tullio Moneta ...
Armando
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Robbins
Jonathan Rands ...
Michael Smith
Rudi De Jager ...
Luit. Schmidt
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An elderly American soldier arrives in Angola, where he has organised an audacious mission to spring his son, an imprisoned CIA agent, out of a heavily fortified stronghold. Written by Jonathon Dabell <BC602070@pixie.ntu.ac.uk>

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Both Ernest Borgnine and Herbert Lom were born in the same year, 1917, never retired from acting, lived to be 95 and died within two months of each other -- 25 years after the making of "Skeleton Coast" -- in 2012. See more »

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Ernest Goes To Africa
23 June 2016 | by See all my reviews

It's yet another late eighties adventure/action film featuring such greats as Ernest Borgnine, Herbert Lom, Oliver Reed, Robert Vaughn and…Daniel Greene (from Atomic Cyborg and many, many Italian action films – maybe he got lost on his way to some Fabrizia De Angelis production?). This one has a kind of Dirty Dozen type deal going on which I'll explain….now: Over in some African country I never bothered remembering the name of, Borgnine's son gets kidnapped by the government (or the rebels, something like that), and Ernest goes to Africa to get him back, employing the help of Herbet Lom, then gathering together a rag tag group of mercenaries (Daniel Greene, token chick, token martial artist, old man, religious nut etc) and heads off into the desert with loads of guns to get him back. You know, the usual crap.

It's fun watching Borgnine and his crew blowing the crap out of stuff, and facing off first against Oliver Reed's security forces (you've got to love the way the film makes you think that Reed will come back for another battle, but vanishes from the film instead) then Robert Vaughan's nazi-style forces. Things blow up, people fire machines guns at each other, and is it just me or did Borgnine and his crew just flat out murder those smugglers in order to get that plane? Why are action films from this era so appealing? I'm not sure. There's no barrage of over-stylised shots, no self-parody, no Tarantinoisms, and no modern film would end with such a cheesy freeze frame like this one does. That all helps. Plus, who doesn't like Ernest Borgnine? He was Mermaid Man!


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