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Red Scorpion (1988)

R  |   |  Action, Adventure  |  21 April 1989 (USA)
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A Russian KGB agent is sent to Africa to kill an anti-Communist black revolutionary. However, he has a change of heart when he sees how the Russians and their Cuban allies are killing and ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Lt. Nikolai Rachenko
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Dewey Ferguson
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Kallunda Kintash
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General Vortek
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Col. Zayas
Alex Colon ...
Mendez
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Sgt. Krasnov
Ruben Nthodi ...
Ango Sundata
Vuzi Dibukwana ...
Guerilla Officer
James Mthoba ...
Guerilla Officer
Dinky Motsemme ...
Guerilla Officer
Ernest Ndhlovu ...
Guerilla Guard / Guerilla (as Ernest Ndlovu)
Thapelo Mofokeng ...
Guerilla (as Thapeld Mofokeng)
Mxolisi Hulana ...
Guerilla
Nicky Rebelo ...
Occupation Officer
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A Russian KGB agent is sent to Africa to kill an anti-Communist black revolutionary. However, he has a change of heart when he sees how the Russians and their Cuban allies are killing and repressing the locals, so he switches sides and helps the rebels. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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Action | Adventure

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Release Date:

21 April 1989 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Crveni škorpion  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$16,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$4,192,440 (USA)
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Production was first set in Swaziland, sets were built, cast & crew were already on location when they were denied the rights to film and had to find a another location, which will be Namibia. See more »

Goofs

When Lt. Nikolai Rachenko is lifting the truck out of the ground in the final battle be props his gun up leaning on the truck. As he lifts, you can notice the gun sliding off; and in the next shot, its back standing up. See more »

Quotes

Lt. Nikolai: You lied to me General!
General Vortek: I sent you on a mission... to help an oppresed people...
Lt. Nikolai: But you didn't tell me who the oppressors were, did you?
General Vortek: Nikolai... you were, *SPETZNATS*!
Lt. Nikolai: I AM SPETZNAS!... but I'm no longer one of you...
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Soundtracks

All Around The World
Performed by Little Richard
Words & Music by Robert 'Bumps' Blackwell (as Blackwell) & Monica Millet (as Millet)
Courtesy of Specialty Records
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One of the many "Red" films, but above average
30 August 2012 | by (Estonia) – See all my reviews

1980ies saw various Cold War related films with titles beginning with Red: Red Dawn and Red Heat are most known, Red Scorpion has got somewhat less attention, but it is not bad at all. Many other action films contain much more clichés and Lundgren is less numb actor than e.g. Seagal, Dudikoff or Norris.

The only thing that really annoys me is letting Americans or Slavic emigrants to communicate in Russian - the result (= accent) is horrible, providing films undue undertones.

But still, both the script and Lundgren's performance have earned my 6 points; M. Emmet Walsh's part is even more catchy. Just forget the past black-and-white East-West collisions and enjoy it as a proper action film with constant (and at times complex) fight between good and evil, friendship and betrayal.


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