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Red Scorpion (1988)

 -  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
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Kallunda Kintash
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General Vortek
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Zayas
Alex Colon ...
Mendez
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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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Storyline

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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russian | agent | showdown | cuban | combat | See more »

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He's a human killing machine. Taught to stalk. Trained to kill. Programmed to destroy. He's played by their rules... Until now. See more »

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Action | Adventure

Certificate:

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Release Date:

21 April 1989 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Crveni škorpion  »

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Budget:

$16,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$4,192,440 (USA)
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Trivia

The initial budget was about $8 million but ended up at $16 million with all the delays and production issues. 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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Referenced in Music with Muscles (2012) See more »

Soundtracks

Long Tall Sally
Performed by Little Richard
Written by Enotris Johnson (as Johnson), Robert 'Bumps' Blackwell (as Blackwell) and Little Richard (as Penniman)
Courtesy of Specialty Records
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User Reviews

 
Great movie, but misunderstood
7 December 2004 | by (Wellington, New Zealand) – See all my reviews

There are four rules that seem to be required for a "great" movie:

1. Acting = Dialogue

2. Excitement = Explosions

3. The Russian is not allowed to be the hero

4. There should be romance, even when irrelevant to the story

Red Scorpion is one of my all time favourite movies, precisely for breaking all of these rules

This is a brilliant, well paced movie. Well acted by Dolph Lundgren, who is one of the few actors with the ability and charisma to succeed with the "quiet but strong" type of hero.

9 out of 10


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