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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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Budget:

$16,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$4,192,440 (USA)
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Trivia

Allegedly financed by the South African Defence Force through the International Freedom Foundation, a right-wing political thinktank which it funded. _Red Scorpion (1989)_ co-writer/producer Jack Abramoff helped to run the foundation. See more »

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During the first chase scene, a Russian soldier fires an RPG (rocket propelled grenade) at a truck. The soldier fires the weapon even though there is clearly no rocket inserted in the launcher. 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

Good Golly Miss Molly
Performed by Little Richard
Words & Music by John Marascalco (as Marascalco) and Robert 'Bumps' Blackwell (as Blackwell)
Courtesy of Specialty Records
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Wake me up when it's finished
30 September 2001 | by (Sydney, Australia) – See all my reviews

What was this monstrosity of a film? I had hopes for this movie I really did. The amazing part is that this movie actually spawned a sequel. Yet the sequel does not contain Ludgren. He must not have been stupid enough to do a sequel but he was sure still stupid enough to do the first.

The movie itself is about a Russian special forces soldier sent to Africa to assassinate a couple of innocent African tribes men only to defect and join the rebel's cause.

The movie is painfully slow from the beginning and the majority of the action is packed in to the final ten minutes, a syndrome which many action movie flops suffer from.

It will take you at least half the movie to get used to Ludgren's ridiculous hair which looks like a cross between Mr. T and Einstien. Well maybe not Einstien but you get the idea. It is only after he defects from the Russians where it appears that the tribes people must have stepped in and gave him a few fashion tips. It seems silly but it is very difficult to take him seriously with the hair and it absolutely does not suit his character.

The acting is low grade and it is often difficult to understand what the actors are saying in addition to trying to identify whether they are speaking in English, Russian or Swahili.

All in all this movie is deadly boring. Some bits just do not make any sense at all. Its as if Ludgren is trying to...trying to ummmm, I don't know what the hell he was trying to do but he was terrible at whatever it was.

The only good thing about this movie is the end portion oh yeah and the final credits too. The action scene right at the end was actually pretty good. And just when it starts with the entertainment the movie ends. I don't know about you, but I like big guys shooting people with big guns.

I think Ludgren is capable of much more its a pity that he his acting portfolio is not very impressive, no thanks to this movie. Stay away from Red Scorpion, I m giving it two thumbs down and the title of "Stinker Movie of the Month".

2.5/10


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