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The Human Shield (1991)

An ex-Marine who was hired to train Iraqi soldiers to fight Iran returns to Iraq as a CIA agent to free his brother, who has been imprisoned there by a renegade general.

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Lila Haddilh
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Ali Dallal
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Tanzi
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Sager
Geula Levy ...
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Michael Shillo ...
Joe Albalo
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Jil Ben David ...
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Sid Cromwell
Nagd Tarabshi ...
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An ex-Marine who was hired to train Iraqi soldiers to fight Iran returns to Iraq as a CIA agent to free his brother, who has been imprisoned there by a renegade general. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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This was reportedly the first fictional film to deal with the Persian Gulf War. See more »

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Some of the chemical symbols in the chemical plant are not used in the Middle East. See more »

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Doug Matthews: You'll die in hell!
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"What's happening here defies all reason."
7 May 2014 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

The movie starts out with a flashback to when Michael Dudikoff scarred the face of a Saddam Hussein clone in Iraq. Dudikoff is knocked down and then, jarringly, the movie shifts to the present day where that same guy is taking Dudikoff's diabetic brother hostage in order to lure him back to Iraq. The way this is edited is very sloppy and just the first of many signs that this is a Z-grade production made by Cannon in the post-Golan Globus years where they rarely did anything good, even by accident. This is one of those movies where the premise sounds like a lot of fun to fans of cheesy action movies. Who wouldn't want to see Michael Dudikoff kick Saddam Hussein's ass? But unfortunately it just isn't fun. It's all deathly serious but at the same time cheap and predictable. The action is uninspired and there are no memorable lines or catchphrases. It's strictly dullsville.


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