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Red Scorpion (1988)

A Soviet Special Forces soldier is sent on a mission to infiltrate an African rebel army and assassinate its leader, but the war machine they trained starts to think for himself.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Alex Colon ...
Mendez
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Ruben Nthodi ...
Vuzi Dibukwana ...
Guerilla Officer
James Mthoba ...
Guerilla Officer
Dinky Motsemme ...
Guerilla Officer
Ernest Ndlovu ...
Guerilla Guard / Guerilla
Thapelo Mofokeng ...
Guerilla (as Thapeld Mofokeng)
Mxolisi Hulana ...
Guerilla
Nicky Rebelo ...
Occupation Officer
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Storyline

Hesitating in the moment he is about to kill the rebel leader, Nikolai fails and is captured. Rather than being killed outright, he is forced to undergo a shamanic initiation ritual. The ingestion of the poison of a local scorpion, and his initiation ceremony, including scarification (a scorpion), give him a new identity and role in the world -- the Red Scorpion. Written by Phillip Batz

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They think they control him. Think again... See more »

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Action | Adventure

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

21 April 1989 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Escorpião Vermelho  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$16,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,972,994, 23 April 1989, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$4,192,440
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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

During the final battle scene, the truck that Rachenko earlier stowed away in and which was destroyed is magically back in the army compound, undamaged. (Either that or it had the exact same identification number on the front bumper.) See more »

Quotes

Colonel Zayas: [Menacing Nikolai with a grenade] This is such a small space... and this is such a very big grenade!
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Crazy Credits

Sound effects of various weapons firing and exploding are heard over the Little Richard song the plays during the closing credits. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Red Scorpion: Scorpion Tales with Tom Savini (2012) See more »

Soundtracks

Jenny, Jenny
Performed by Little Richard
Words & Music by Enotris Johnson (as Johnson) & Little Richard (as Penniman)
Courtesy of Specialty Records
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Great movie, but misunderstood
7 December 2004 | by 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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