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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.



(screenplay), (story) (as Peter Welbeck)

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Col. Bill Smith
Maj. Schneider
Capt. David Simpson
Simon Sabela ...
Rick Weston
Robin Townsend ...
Tullio Moneta ...
Jonathan Rands ...
Michael Smith
Rudi De Jager ...
Luit. Schmidt


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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It started with a kidnapping, it ended with a war.


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14 April 1988 (West Germany)  »

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Skeleton Coast  »

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1.78 : 1
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Both Arnold Vosloo and Nancy Mulford married after meeting and working together on this movie. Nancy Mulford's final movie would also feature Ernest Borgnine, Any Man's Death (1990) See more »

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A film of pure magic.
15 March 2014 | by See all my reviews

This film is one of the greatest illusions I have ever witnessed - It managed to make my interest disappear right before my very eyes. Astounding! The acting made my hair stand on end (without any wires) and at one point I must have been hypnotised, because to this day I still haven't been able to recall anything redeeming about this film. There was some discreet mind-misdirecting going on during the act, I mean film, because my mind didn't just begin to wander, it took a bus halfway through the film and didn't turn up until the next morning. Conjuring Oliver Reed up in this film was a pretty clever gimmick as well. The penultimate showpiece was a "sleight of hand" trick: where I gave 36p of my money (via Amazon) for this DVD and never saw the cash again - simply amazing! All these of were mere parlour tricks though, compared to the final, and best trick of all... the one where I sawed the disc in half!

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