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American Ninja 4: The Annihilation (1990)

 -  Action | Drama  -  8 March 1991 (USA)
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The two American Ninjas, Joe Armstrong and Sean Davidson, team up to do battle against a terrorist and his band of Ninjas.

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David Bradley ...
James Booth ...
Mulgrew
Dwayne Alexandre ...
Brackston
Ken Gampu ...
Dr. Tamba
Robin Stille ...
Sarah
Frantz Dobrowsky ...
O'Reilly (as Franz Dobrowsky)
Ron Smerczak ...
Maksood
Kely McClung ...
Super Ninja / Delta Force Team
Jody Abrahams ...
Pango
Anthony Fridjhon ...
Freddie / Treddle (as Anthony Fridjohn)
David Sherwood ...
Gavin
Sean Kelly ...
Norris
Jamie Bartlett ...
Segal
Deon Stewardson ...
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CIA agent Sean Davidson and his sidekick Carl are sent into the stronghold of sadistic British ex-soldier Mulgrew to rescue some Delta Force commandoes who have been captured and tortured. When Sean, Carl and pretty doctor Sarah run into some problems, Peace Corps vet Joe Armstrong is lured out of retirement to stop Mulgrew's plan to explode a nuclear device in New York City. Written by Marty McKee <mmckee@soltec.net>

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American Fighter 4 - Die Vernichtung  »

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This is the only entry in the series to star both actors that portrayed the American Ninja in previous films (Michael Dudikoff of American Ninja 1 & 2 and David Bradley of American Ninja 3). See more »

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When the ninja jumps on the front of the car, Joe punches his hand through the windshield, but if you watch carefully, you'll see that the glass breaks seconds before his fist makes contact. It evens falls inward instead of going outward. See more »

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American Ninja bore
30 May 2004 | by (Victoria, BC) – See all my reviews

If it wasn't bad enough in the previous entry where Steve James wasn't promoted to be the star when Dudikoff temporarily exited the series, the producers don't even call him back for this entry! Actually, upon carefully looking at the movie, it DOES seem that it was originally written for James to return; Bradley is given a sidekick character that you can easily picture James playing, and Dudikoff's character gets involved only when he's told that his "friend" Bradley is in trouble, even though there was previously no evidence they were friends - both being signs of a quick rewrite.

I'm willing to bet that the reason James didn't return was his own decision instead of the producers - the movie didn't end up giving his role a whole lot to do. Also, the end results just aren't very good. Certainly, it's a notch up over the terrible part 3. For one thing, the production values are a significant step up. Also, the movie starts off very promising with a not-bad action sequence. But after that part of the movie ends, the movie quickly collapses. Bradley is again an uncharismatic lead (who fortunately is moved offscreen for much of the movie!), and Dudikoff (who finally appears halfway through the movie) seems alternately bored and annoyed to be there, though he is clearly more confident in his martial art sequences. There's also very little action, a very slow-moving plot, and some *unbelievably* bad editing. The climax does bring back some action, and also has a number of unintentionally funny moments, but it's too little too late.


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