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Director:
Writers:
Robert 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:
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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Exciting adventures , thrills and bloody battles in the African desert See more (50 total) »

Cast

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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 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 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 Madaso .... stunts
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
 
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:93 min (cinema release)
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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:U | Netherlands:16 | 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 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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Soundtrack:
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5 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
Exciting adventures , thrills and bloody battles in the African desert, 4 January 2011
Author: ma-cortes

Russian agent named Nikolai (Dolph Lundgren) is a Spetsnaz , a perfect killer machine . The Soviet lieutenant journey to Africa where is the headquarter in which lives the Russian and Cuban militia (Carmen Argenziano , Brion James). He is assigned to infiltrate and to assassinate an adversarial anti-Communist black revolutionary named Sundate as leader of a rebel group who is assisted by Kallunda (Al White). Nikolai unexpectedly , commits a betrayal that enrages his Russian commandant as the General Vortez (T.P. McKenna), who orders his immediate punishment . In this case the nasty General is a genocide officer who uses his helicopter to cause mayhem and slaughter in minority communities. Making his getaway through the dangerous desert, Nikolai switches sides and join forces with the rebels, in the company of an American reporter (M. Emmet Walsh). Nikolai allies himself with a tribe of bushmen, and earning the nickname "Red Scorpion" . As Nikolai's new-found independence and switch allegiances with new friends . All of them , lead in his leadership of the rebels against his previous comrades .

This moving film contains thrills ,fiercy combats , tortures , lethal shootouts and lots of explosions and noisy action . From the beginning to the end the comic-book action-packed and extreme violence is continued and it's fast movement ; for that reason the picture is pretty entertaining , though contains some perfunctory scenes . Passable performance of Sweden Dolph Lundgren as Soviet agent par excellence trained in deep undercover job and finds himself drawn to the guerrillas' riot . This is a routine actioner with Karate expertise star Dolph Lundgren as the Soviet veteran resulting to be one of the best roles he'd made to date , as he's fine -though some wooden- as tough, cold , obstinate agent Nikolai. It provides some interesting background on Dolph Lundgren 's rocky relationship with communism and switching allies with spectacular final climax storming their headquarters in a no-quarter , deadly showdown . Poor acting abounds but packed with violence , bloodshed and exciting action scenes as when Lundgren shoots his machine gun , several explosions or scenes from spectacular helicopters similarly used in ¨Rambo III ¨ at Afghanistan. Catching musical score by Jay Chattaway and regular cinematography by cameraman Joao Fernandez , both of whom worked in the trilogy ¨Braddock's Missing in action ¨ who bears certain resemblance in some qualities to ¨Red Scorpion¨. The motion picture produced in average budget is professionally directed by Joseph Zito (Invasion USA, 13th Friday final chapter, Missing in action , The prowler). Rating : Acceptable, passable and amusing but violent . Although the movie has some aspects a little tough to take , this thrilling film still has its nice moments getting a bemusing atmosphere with agreeable results , furthermore grossed moderated success at the box office .

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