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Universal Soldier (1992)

R  |   |  Action, Crime, Sci-Fi  |  10 July 1992 (USA)
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Luc and Scott were killed in Vietnam, but the army has a secret project for reanimating dead people as near-perfect soldiers.

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Colonel Perry
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Woodward
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Garth
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GR76 (as Ralph Moeller)
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Motel Owner
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Lieutenant
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Charles
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GR55 (as 'Tiny' Lister Jr.)
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Michael Winther ...
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Storyline

An elite team of soldiers has been used against terrorists where they use astounding physical capabilities to overcome them. Victoria, a reporter, follows them and discovers a part of their secret. When one of the team kills her cameraman she tries to escape. Luc, one of the soldiers begins to have flashbacks and turns sides and helps her as the remainder of the team follows to protect their secrets. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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Almost human...Almost perfect...Almost under control. See more »


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Rated R for strong graphic violence, and for strong language | See all certifications »

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10 July 1992 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Crystal Knights  »

Box Office

Budget:

$23,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$36,299,898 (USA)
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| (heavily cut) (TV)

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(digital 35 mm prints)| (analog 35 mm prints) (4 channels)

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(Technicolor)

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2.35 : 1
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Though they're all supposed to be American the Universal Soldiers are played by a Belgian (Van Damme) a Swede (Lundgren) and a German (Ralf Moeller). See more »

Goofs

The amount of ammunition on the ammo belt of Scott's M-60 near the end of the motel segment. See more »

Quotes

Veronica: Oh man, I'd kill for a cigarette right now
Luc: You'd kill someone for a cigarette?
Veronica: No. It's an expression, a figure of speech. I wouldn't exactly kill someone for a cigarette. I'd hurt them real bad at this point, but I won't kill 'em.
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Not great but solid action from Van Damme and Lundgren
20 June 2002 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

In a war zone Luc Deveraux stops his officer Andrew Scott, killing innocent civilians. However both die in the struggle. Years later they are part of a reanimation programme all Universal Soldiers – perfect fighting machines controlled like robots. However Deveraux has memory flashbacks causing him to flee with a reporter, his commander also experiences memory residues and takes the remaining soldiers to go after Deveraux.

One of Van Damme's and Lundgren's best films – although that's not saying much. The plot is pretty basic although there is some reasonable moralising about the soldiers. The action isn't fancy but it's solid and, unlike it's sequel, it's not afraid to be violent. While it's not a classic it does allow some good scenes and is a bit better than the usual Van Damme fare.

The cast are mixed. Van Damme is a perfect cardboard robot but doesn't convince when he has become human. He is the brunt of some good jokes too (`what accent?') and gets to bare his ass in customary style. Lundgren is actually quite good and his character develops from robot into war-weary soldier quite well. Ally Walker is so-so but she doesn't convince.

Overall this is enjoyable but it isn't perfect. For action fans it's solid enough to satisfy.


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