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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Maj. Schneider
Capt. David Simpson
Simon Sabela ...
Rick Weston
Robin Townsend ...
Tullio Moneta ...
Larry Taylor ...
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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Release Date:

14 April 1988 (West Germany)  »

Also Known As:

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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5 May 2002 | by (Victoria, BC) – See all my reviews

One has to wonder why all these Hollywood actors signed up in 1987 to do a movie that was a co-production with South Africa. Even when you put that fact aside, what you still have here is a very strange production. For one thing, can anyone figure out why Oliver Reed's character is in this movie? He makes a couple of appearances, then bam! he's gone and never is seen again. Herbert Lom's character could also easily be written out as well.

Anyway, the movie overall is kind of talky and a little dull. Though there are some nice African locations, some decent action sequences, and Ernest Borgnine once again gives an entertaining performance. You get a little more out of him in this role because it gives you a rare chance to hear him swear (something Borgnine doesn't like to do in a movie), and you get to see him really ham it up when he disguises himself as a Cuban colonel (!) A movie to watch while you're reading a book.

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