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Release Date:
21 April 1989 (USA) See more »
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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:
A Russian KGB agent is sent to Africa to kill an anti-Communist black revolutionary. However, he has... See more » | Add synopsis »
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One of the many "Red" films, but above average See more (49 total) »

Cast

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Dolph Lundgren ... Lt. Nikolai Rachenko

M. Emmet Walsh ... Dewey

Al White ... Kallunda Kintash

T.P. McKenna ... General Vortek

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

Brion James ... 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
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 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)
David Vlok ... (uncredited)
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Directed by
Joseph Zito 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Jack Abramoff  story
Robert Abramoff  story
Arne Olsen  screenplay
Arne Olsen  story

Produced by
Jack Abramoff .... producer
Robert Abramoff .... executive producer
Barney Cohen .... associate producer
Paul Erickson .... executive producer
Harmon Kaslow .... associate producer
Moonyeenn Lee .... associate producer
Mati Raz .... associate producer
Daniel Sklar .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Jay Chattaway 
 
Cinematography by
João Fernandes  (as Joao Fernandez)
 
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
Adam Behr .... special makeup effects artist
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
Ken Shane .... key second assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Mike Fowlie .... property master
George Crawford .... construction manager (uncredited)
Roland Hunter .... scenic artist (uncredited)
Michael Hyman .... lead scenic (uncredited)
Ashley Waldorf .... picture car consultant (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
John A. Larsen .... supervising sound editor
Bob Newlan .... sound effects editor
Jay Wilkinson .... sound effects supervisor
 
Special Effects by
John Evans .... special effects supervisor
Tom Savini .... special effects makeup
Robert Nugent .... special effects technician (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Peter Diamond .... stunt coordinator
Gavin Genlloud .... stunts
Richard Hammatt .... stunts (as Richard Hammet)
Anger Madaso .... stunts
Isaac Mavimbella .... stunts (as Isaac Mauvimela)
Philip Notununu .... stunts (as Philippe Notuno)
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)
Ed Anders .... stunts (uncredited)
Terry Cade .... stunts (uncredited)
Gerry Therrien .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
David Gurvich .... still photographer
W.C. 'Chunky' Huse .... key grip
 
Casting Department
Moonyeenn Lee .... location casting
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Laurie Riley .... costumer (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Mato .... color timer
Timothy Mozer .... assistant film editor
Tatiana S. Riegel .... first assistant editor
Sherril Schlesinger .... assistant editor
 
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
Danny Ben Menahem .... location manager
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:90 min (cinema release)
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1.85 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Australia:M | Canada:R (Ontario) | Canada:13+ (Québec) | Finland:K-15 (uncut) (2001) | Finland:K-16 (cut) (1990) | France:U | 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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Trivia:
The weapon that Nikolai Rachenko uses at the end in reality is an FN FAL but heavily modified to represent a twin barrel AO-63 assault rifle that fired around an astonishing 6,000RPM.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:
Colonel Zayas:Are you out of your mind?
Lt. Nikolai:No. Just out of bullets.
[Burps]
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in All Out of Bullets (2012) (V)See more »
Soundtrack:
All Around The WorldSee more »

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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful.
One of the many "Red" films, but above average, 30 August 2012
Author: Bene Cumb from Estonia

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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