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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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excellent pile of junk!!!!!!!!!!! See more (50 total) »

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 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
(in alphabetical order)
Jack Abramoff  story
Robert Abramoff  story
Arne Olsen  screenplay
Arne Olsen  story
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 Pyper .... props maker (as Kes Peyper)
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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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: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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Trivia:
At one point, funding for the film was pulled, leaving the cast and crew stuck in Johannesburg for three months while they waited for the film's budget to be reclaimed. The film was shot in Namibia, which was then ruled by South Africa, thereby breaking an international boycott against the country for its practice of apartheid. Warner Bros., who had a negative pick up deal, pulled out from distribution.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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Soundtrack:
Long Tall SallySee more »

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16 out of 23 people found the following review useful.
excellent pile of junk!!!!!!!!!!!, 20 April 2006
Author: vocal_warchild from Australia

OK now I'm not going to try and say that this film is by any means a true classic, BUT it is a type of classic.

in so much as that it has the man Dolph, mostly half nude, and it has guns, and some really nasty ones at that. so the plot is really weak, nobody is going to buy into the fact that one guy can save a nation but thats not the point, its really just a vehicle for Dolph to do his thing, which is to look tough and sound funny in a monotone kinda way.

i really like the torture scene where the guy is sticking large needles through Dolphs anatomy, actually looks pretty realistic considering its not a big budget film, and also i like the scarification that Dolphs little tribesman friend does for him while he is drugged.

the highlight of the film for me is probably the goofy relationship that is forged between Dolphs character and the little bushman, its really fun. the language barrier is well played out but the writers and actors have enabled this element to flow very well and their means of communication is really very effective at translating the messages of the relationship for the film.

so do yourself a favor and go rent the DVD as it has at long last been released, and sit back and enjoy some cornball action for all its worth.

just don't expect any special features cause their isn't any.

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