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Universal Soldier (1992)

R | | Action, Sci-Fi | 10 July 1992 (USA)
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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Garth
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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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Action | Sci-Fi

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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  »

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Budget:

$23,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$36,299,898 (USA)
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The first screenplay was initially called "Crystal Knights". See more »

Goofs

(at around 1h 35 mins) At the end, Luc breaks Scott's muscled arm. If Luc is able to do that, then why is he not able to break the handcuffs he is wearing? See more »

Quotes

Soldier: They swam a mile and a half in four minutes?
Colonel Perry: They're eight seconds behind schedule.
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Followed by Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning (2012) See more »

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It's Almost Time To Put The Bottle Down
Written by Wendy Kramer and Harry Shannon
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This is Best Van Damme Movie, you will ever see.
13 July 2005 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Luc Devreaux (Jean-Claude Van Damme) and Sgt. Andrew Scott (Dolph Lundgren) are two soldiers have killed each other in Vietnam. 25 Years Later... Devreaux, Sgt. Scott and other soldiers have been bought back to life by a secret government program known as "Unisols". They are genetically enhanced, unstoppable killing machines without memory, feelings or free will. But when Devreaux's memory has come back to him, he escapes the program with a sneaky T.V. reporter (Ally Walker). The superhuman chase begins.

Directed by Ronald Emmerich (The Day after Tomorrow, Independence Day, Stargate) made an extremely entertaining, violent, sci-fi thriller. This was a Box Office Hit back in 1992. This film that made director:Emmerich and co-writer:Dean Delvin to the A-List System in Hollywood. Emmerich went to direct major blockbusters film. Van Damme and Lundgren are nicely cast in the film as opposites.

DVD has an sharp non anamorphic Widescreen (2.35:1) transfer and an digitally remastered-Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound from the previous 1998 DVD. The latest 2004 DVD is the first time in anamorphic Widescreen with the same sound quality. DVD has an ingraining commentary track by the director, co-writer:Delvin and actors:Van Damme & Lundgren. DVD has two amusing featured and an darker alternative ending.

Universal Soldier went on to be Van Damme's best film, even Van Damme admits that his favorite film. This is Lundgren's best role to date. The film also stars:Ed O'Ross (Full Metal Jacket), Leon Rippy (The Patroit) and the late-Jerry Orbach (Dirty Dancing). Universal Soldier is followed by two t.v. sequels without Van Damme and Walker. Followed by a real sequel with Van Damme. Don't miss this violent but enjoyable film. Watch for the opening scene for Micheal Jai White, who went on to play The Lead Hero in Spawn and the Villain in Universal Soldier:The Return. Panavision. (****/*****).


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