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Men of War (1994)

R  |   |  Action, Drama, Thriller  |  12 May 1995 (Spain)
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A former Special Ops soldier leads a group of mercenaries to an island in the South China Sea: their mission is obtain the rights to the unusual treasure that the island beholds.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jimmy G (as Anthony John Denison)
Blades (as Tiny 'Zeus' Lister)
Goldmouth (as Aldo Sanbrell)
Juan Pedro Tudela ...


Nick Gunar (Dolph Lundgren) is a burnt-out, jaded and hard-up former mercenary who is having a difficult time adjusting to civilian life. At the end of his rope, he is hired by the Nitro Mine Corporation to strong-arm the natives of a South China Sea island into giving up their rights to its valuable mineral resources. Nick loathes the thought of another mission, but this seemingly easy job will earn him enough money to get back with his estranged family. He recruits some of his former mercenary buddies to help him with the job. The island people refuse to give up their land and Nick decides to help them fight the greedy corporation that hired him. The island and its people bring Nick back to life. He finally finds something worth fighting for and a place to call home. As greed and treachery begin to unravel, Nick's band of mercenaries choose sides. Some are with him and others, still working for the corporation, will stop at nothing to destroy him. Written by anonymous

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They came to destroy an island. Now they're fighting to save it. See more »


Action | Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for non-stop violence, strong language and some sexuality | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

12 May 1995 (Spain)  »

Also Known As:

A Safe Place  »

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Box Office


$8,600,000 (estimated)

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2.35 : 1
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Released theatrically worldwide, except for the United States, United Kingdom and Germany. See more »


Nick: C'mon, how do you defend yourselves?
Po: What to defend? A couple of trees, lot of rock, bird shit on everything.
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Referenced in Orgazmo (1997) See more »


Performed by Gene M. Best
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Dumb, but entertaining
19 June 2003 | by (Los Angeles, CA, USA) – See all my reviews

Forget characterization. Forget plot. Go in expecting a bunch of cardboard characters moving from point A to B shooting stuff and you'll be happily entertained, like I was.

It's a very predictable "dude goes around recruiting his team, suffers moral crisis, and chooses to oppose his bosses and defend the little people" kind of story. Hmm, I wonder if he's going to win in the end? It's been done a zillion times, even in a throwaway movie like Star Trek: Insurrection.

But Dolph Lundgren's got a rocket launcher. Charlotte Lewis has a great body. And B.D. Wong was hilarious. Bring snacks. Turn off brain. Enjoy.

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