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Universal Soldier (1992)

R | | Action, Sci-Fi | 10 July 1992 (USA)
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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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With stolen top-secret technology, terrorists have created a next-generation Universal Soldier - an elite fighter genetically altered into a programmable killing machine. With this "UniSol"... See full summary »

Director: John Hyams
Stars: Dolph Lundgren, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Andrei Arlovski


Cast overview, first billed only:
Dr. Christopher Gregor
GR76 (as Ralph Moeller)
Motel Owner
GR55 (as 'Tiny' Lister Jr.)
Michael Winther ...


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


The ultimate weapons of the future have just declared war... on each other. See more »


Action | Sci-Fi

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

10 July 1992 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Crystal Knights  »


Box Office


$23,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,057,084, 12 July 1992

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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Technical Specs


| (heavily cut) (TV)

Sound Mix:

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



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


(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 »


The farm near end of movie is supposedly in Louisiana, but mountains can be seen in the background. See more »


Scott: [after he shot four police officers in the supermarket with ease] See! They're everywhere!
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Referenced in Gravity Falls: The Time Traveler's Pig (2012) See more »


Waking Up And Walking Out The Door
Written by Wendy Kramer and Harry Shannon
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Great entertainment!

This may not be Shakespeare but it's certainly more fun. The film is basically elements of various other action movies and it works well. The key to this being the decent budget, the tongue in cheek style and the accomplished direction from Roland Emmerich (Independence Day).

This is one of the few action films from Van Damme and Lundgren to really compete with Arnold and Sly in terms of production values, large scale set pieces and a sense of real fun, with the mindless and excessive violence. Van Damme is above his usual standard with a fairly subtle performance,let no one call it wooden. Ally Walker has charm and is watchable but it is Lundgren who steals the show with a delightfully villainous performance. Amongst fans they consider this one of his best roles.

The action is big, loud and well choreographed. With some fantastic set pieces, such as the opening Hoover Damn sequence and the chase between a prison truck and an armoured truck. There is also the obligatory showcase karate from Van Damme.

Basically is you like a good action film you won't go wrong with this. This is at the time when the brainless action movies were still entertaining without being painfully un-original like modern popcorn films such as XXX, Exit Wounds and various others. ***

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