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Director:
Writers:
Robert Abramoff (story) &
Jack Abramoff (story) ...
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Release Date:
21 April 1989 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
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 »
Plot:
An elite Special Forces operative is chosen to assassinate an anti-Communist rebel leader, but defects after witnessing the brutality of his comrades, leading the resistance against their oppressors. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)

Dolph Lundgren ... Lt. Nikolai Rachenko

M. Emmet Walsh ... Dewey Ferguson

Al White ... Kallunda Kintash

T.P. McKenna ... General Vortek

Carmen Argenziano ... Col. Zayas
Alex Colon ... Mendez

Brion James ... Sgt. Krasnov
Ruben Nthodi ... Ango Sundata
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
Drummond Marais ... Occupation Officer
Charles Comyn ... Occupation Officer
Tullio Moneta ... Occupation Soldier (as Tulio Moneta)
Jurgen Hellberg ... Occupation Sergeant
Graham Clarke ... Soldier
Irene Stephano ... Cuban Stenographer
Nomsa Nene ... Noe Kossongo (as Nomse Nene)
Elijah Dhlamini ... Elano
Patrick Shai ... African Soldier
Peter Se-Puma ... African Driver
Tu Nokwe ... Hooker
Salathial Maake ... Old Man
Regopstaan ... Gao
Anthony Fridjhon ... General Alfonso Callaraga (as Tony Fridjohn)
Greg Latter ... Russian Soldier
Rob Smith ... Russian Officer
Neo Matsunyane ... Beaten Prisoner
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Joe Mafela ... African Rebel (uncredited)
Isaac Mavimbela ... Barman (uncredited)
David Vlok ... (uncredited)

Directed by
Joseph Zito 
 
Writing credits
Robert Abramoff (story by) &
Jack Abramoff (story by) and
Arne Olsen (story by)

Arne Olsen (screenplay by)

Joseph Zito  rewrite (uncredited)

Produced by
Jack Abramoff .... producer
Robert Abramoff .... executive producer
Barney Cohen .... associate producer
Paul Erickson .... executive producer
Moonyeenn Lee .... associate producer
Mati Raz .... associate producer
Daniel Sklar .... executive producer
Harmon Kaslow .... associate producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Jay Chattaway 
 
Cinematography by
João Fernandes (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Daniel Loewenthal  (as Dan Loewenthal)
 
Casting by
Louis DiGiaimo  (as Lou Di Giaimo)
 
Production Design by
Ladislav Wilheim 
 
Set Decoration by
Patrick Willis 
 
Costume Design by
Richard Bruno 
 
Makeup Department
Anni Bartels .... makeup artist (as Annie Bartels)
Adam Behr .... special makeup effects artist
David Murat .... hairdresser (as Dave Murat)
Daniel Parker .... key makeup artist
Alan Scott .... hair designer
 
Production Management
Avi Kleinberger .... executive in charge of production
Gladys Pearce .... unit production manager
Johan Wicht .... production manager: South Africa
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Newt Arnold .... second unit director
John Finnegan .... second assistant director
Michael Kanski .... second assistant director
Nico Sachse .... additional second assistant director
Eddie Stacey .... second unit director
Andrew Warren .... assistant director: second unit
Leo Zisman .... first assistant director
Eddie Ziv .... additional second assistant director
Daniel Loewenthal .... second unit director (uncredited)
Ken Shane .... key second assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Mary-Jane Botha .... assistant art director
Victor Botha .... set dresser
Gary Bunge .... set dresser
Mike Fowlie .... property master
Roland Hunter .... scenic artist
Michael Hyman .... lead scenic
Kathryn Johnson .... set dresser
Maurice Jones .... property master
Kes Peyper .... props maker
George Crawford .... construction manager (uncredited)
Ashley Waldorf .... picture car consultant (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
John A. Larsen .... supervising sound editor
Richard Marx .... adr: editor
Bob Newlan .... sound effects editor
Gary Rich .... sound mixer
Jay Wilkinson .... sound effects supervisor
 
Special Effects by
John Evans .... special effects supervisor
Robert Nugent .... special effects technician
Tom Savini .... special effects makeup
 
Stunts
Peter Diamond .... stunt coordinator
Gavin Genlloud .... stunts
Richard Hammatt .... stunts (as Richard Hammet)
Anger Mabaso .... stunts (as Anger Madaso)
Isaac Mavimbela .... stunts (as Isaac Mauvimbela)
Philip Notununu .... stunts (as Philippe Notunu)
Chris Olley .... stunts
John Pasternak .... stunts
Greg Powell .... stunts (as Gregory Powell)
Sydney Radebe .... stunts
Raymond Sammel .... stunts
Eddie Stacey .... stunt coordinator
Ray Wilson .... stunts (as Roy Wilson)
Ray Wilson .... stunts
Ed Anders .... stunts (uncredited)
Terry Cade .... stunts (uncredited)
Gerry Therrien .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
George Bartels .... camera operator
Robin Frost .... clapper loader
Paul Gilpin .... clapper loader
David Gurvich .... still photographer
W.C. 'Chunky' Huse .... key grip
Buzz Jochheim .... key grip
Ivan Leathers .... camera operator
Terence Maritz .... focus puller
Bevil Moritz .... clapper loader
Eugene D. Shlugleit .... camera operator (as Eugene Shlugleit)
Bernard Van Speyk .... focus puller
 
Casting Department
Moonyeenn Lee .... location casting
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Melissa Ferreira .... wardrobe assistant
Ruy Filipe .... wardrobe assistant
Janis McVee .... wardrobe assistant
Laurie Riley .... costumer
 
Editorial Department
Mark Herman .... associate editor
Mato .... color timer
Timothy Mozer .... assistant film editor
Tatiana S. Riegel .... first assistant editor
Sherril Schlesinger .... assistant editor
 
Location Management
Danny Ben Menahem .... location manager
 
Music Department
Jay Chattaway .... music supervisor
Stephen Croes .... music programmer
Stephen Croes .... musician: electronic music
Don Hahn .... music mixer
Don Hahn .... music recordist
Pete Levin .... musician: electronic music
Barry Levine .... music supervisor
Joe E. Rand .... assistant music editor (as Joey Rand)
Joseph Smith .... orchestrator
Jack K. Tillar .... music editor (as Jack Tillar)
Judd Miller .... musician: african flute (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Lynne Motijoane .... pre-production accountant
Vaughan Peacock .... pilot
Cornelia 'Nini' Rogan .... script supervisor
David Rowe .... pilot
Ole Dieter Sturm .... production assistant
Clay Wright .... aerial supervisor (as Clayton D. Wright)
Wayne Fitzgerald .... title designer (uncredited)
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Red Exterminator" - Philippines (English title)
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Runtime:
105 min | Germany:98 min (cut version) | France:93 min (cinema release)
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Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Dolby Stereo (4 channels) | Mono (France)
Certification:
Australia:M | Canada:R (Ontario) | Canada:13+ (Québec) | Finland:K-15 (uncut) (2001) | Finland:K-16 (cut) (1990) | France:Tous publics | Netherlands:16 | Norway:15 (2002) (DVD rating) | Norway:18 (1990) (original rating) | Portugal:M/12 | Singapore:NC-16 | South Korea:15 (DVD rating) (2002) | South Korea:18 (video rating) (1990) | South Korea:12 (theatrical rating) (1988) | Spain:18 | Sweden:15 | UK:15 | USA:R (certificate #29419) | West Germany:18 (cut) (video premiere) | West Germany:16 (heavily cut)
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
The initial budget was about $8 million but ended up at $16 million with all the delays and production issues.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: 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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Movie Connections:
Soundtrack:
Long Tall SallySee more »

FAQ

What are the differences between the R-Rated and Unrated Version?
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11 out of 20 people found the following review useful.
Public Relations Campaign for UNITA, 25 June 2006
Author: Alexei Kalinov from Ukraine

Anything "Red" out of Hollywood would be better dead.

The usual Cold War anti-Soviet/Russian propaganda.

The movie most likely takes place in Angola, as this was the only place where Soviet and Cuban troops were deployed in Africa in the 1980's.

The real history was that a Progressive Angolan government was overthrown by "freedom fighters"(UNITA) loyal to Ultra-Nationalists in South Africa and the US. UNITA was a terrorist organization which grew out of low level Civil War in the country which had raged well before any Soviet or Cuban troops arrived. Various factions supported by the European Powers as well as the regional South Africa were seeking to come to power. A government that would have stabilized the country did come to power, but it was not friendly to UNITA, and therefore an enemy of people like Jack Abramoff and the South African government. There was a regional ideological conflict and the Soviet Union was providing weapons to some of the local government friendly groups. But in reality the amount of Soviet troops in this country never exceeded 600, Cubans sent several 1,000. This war raged way after the fall of the USSR into 1994, when the South Africans went in to clean up the mess they started, fighting their own UNITA allies for control of oil supplies. By that time UNITA was busy shooting down airliners with Stinger missiles.

Anyway this conflict in the movie is simplified as "Russians evil, rebels 'good'." Of course Russians are the darkest form of evil in the movie, even a Russian does not want to be a Russian. There are many mistakes with uniforms and such where Soviet troops are shown without any kind of gear and in uniforms dating back to the 1930's. As well as the "Mi-24" in the movie has too many rocket pods on its "wings", there can only be a maximum of 4, there are 6.

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