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Pentathlon (1994)

R  |   |  Action, Drama, Thriller  |  4 June 1994 (South Korea)
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An Olympic gold medalist escapes to freedom in the US, only to be tracked down by his sadistic ex-coach.

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Heinrich Müller
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Julia Davis
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John Creese
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Offerman
David Drummond ...
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Daniel Riordan ...
Jürgen Reinhardt
Philip Bruns ...
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Christian
Erik Holland ...
Rudolph Brogar
Bruce Malmuth ...
Erhardt
Mel Stewart ...
Olympic Athlete
Anthony T. Pennello ...
Cop #1
Barry Lynch ...
Horst
Andreas Reinl ...
Schubert
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After winning the Olympic gold medal in the Pentathlon, East German Eric Brogar escapes to freedom in the United States. But his former coach vows revenge. When Eric's sadistic ex-coach finds him, Eric is caught in a deadly game fighting for his life. Written by Bren M.

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$4,000,000 (estimated)
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Final film directed by Bruce Malmuth. See more »

Goofs

Two sound errors concerning one of the henchman's gun. He is carrying a pistol with a silencer but when he unlocks the weapon, ready to shoot, the gun clicks like a .38 revolver's cylinder, and when he fires at Eric not only the silencer can't be heard - which is supposed to reduce the firing sound - but it sounds like a revolver firing. See more »

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Creese: Sometimes trying to make a living is like climbing a mountain with a pogo stick.
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Dolph tries hard, but this is a boring excuse of a movie.
26 June 2010 | by See all my reviews

Pentathlon is not an enjoyable experience, and despite the fact that I dig Dolph as an action hero, I was bored silly during this movie. It's clearly inspired by Rocky, only Rocky didn't have a lack of action, a poor story and horrible dialog to sit through. One of the worst things about this movie is David Soul's performance as the villain. He is WAY too over the top and laughably campy, he ruined much of the experience for me and he didn't mesh well with Dolph at all. As I said I'm a Dolph fan, he's far from a great actor but his charisma and presence is awesome to say the least, so when I found this for 2 dollars at a VHS blowout sale I decided to pick it up. Dolph's rigorous training scenes are impressive and the bantering with Roger E. Mosley as Creese was somewhat fun, but the action is clearly lacking. I'm a film buff, but I enjoy B-movies and low-budget movies as well, I'm very open-minded, but Pentathlon has nothing out of the ordinary and to be honest it was a waste of 2 bucks.

Performances. Dolph Lundgren tries really hard, but his accent works against him and some of his dialog is absolutely awful. He has charisma to spare but that can only take him so far. David Soul is laughable as the villain. On more than one occasion I wanted him off my screen for tarnishing the quality, he obviously knows he is in a below average movie and disgustingly tries to camp it up. He's better than this, much better, watch Magnum Force to see what I mean. Roger E. Mosley is fun as Creese, but did test my patience with his act sometimes. Renée Coleman is pretty wooden as the love interest.

Bottom line. Definitely one of Dolph's lesser works and not even enjoyable for B-movie value. It's boring and will annoy you to no end. Avoid it.

2 1/2 /10


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