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Universal Soldier (1992)

Private Luc Deveraux and his sadistic sergeant, Andrew Scott, got killed in Vietnam. The army uses their bodies for a secret project - reanimating dead soldiers as deadly obedient cyborgs. However, their memories come back too.

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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>

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The future has a bad attitude. 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)

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

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

(at around 18 mins) The young couple that Luc reacts to at the Hoover Dam incident are actually the same young couple in the beginning in Vietnam. See more »

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(at around 55 mins) One of the soldiers is having heart surgery while he is still conscious. See more »

Quotes

Scott: [while draggin Luc towards Veronica] I gave you an order soldier, now let me see you waste that gook traitor... Now where are we gonna shoot her? In the stomach? Naa... In the chest? Noooo... I think we should shoot her... in the head!
[Scott points his gun at Veronicas' head and pulls the trigger]
Scott: It's empty.
[with a big grin]
Scott: It's empty!
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Connections

Spin-off Universal Soldier II: Brothers in Arms (1998) See more »

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The Worst Always Happens
Written by Wendy Kramer and Harry Shannon
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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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