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Writers (WGA):
Paul Sinor (story)
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Tagline:
The Cold War just got hot. Time to Rock 'N' Roll"
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Cast

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Michael Biehn ... Robert Hart
Mark Edward Anderson ... Wayne Northrup

Adrian Paul ... Shooter

Kathleen York ... Victoria Elliot

Greg Joung Paik ... Maj. Kang

R. Lee Ermey ... Sen. Pullman T. Fowler

Denis Forest ... Dennis Larson

Grace Zabriskie ... Brig. Gen. Burke
Janet Price ... Orderly
Paul Perri ... Maj. Shelby

John Carroll Lynch ... Sgt. Plonder

Barbara Eve Harris ... Sgt Rhodes

Jennifer Blanc ... Sgt. Susie Warzenak

Shawnee Smith ... Sgt. Addy Cooper
Wendy Gazelle ... Sgt. Lorraine Towers

Kelly Jo Minter ... Sgt. Chrissie Brooks

Joel McKinnon Miller ... Bearclaw

Rodney Eastman ... David Porter
Hiep Thi Le ... Sgt. Mia Yan Chun

Yancey Arias ... Sixkiller

Patrick Newall ... Instructor
Jeanne Oakman ... Sgt. Smith (as Jeanne Oakmann)
Valerie Hastings ... Soldier in DC-3 Mock-Up
Alex Cortez ... Interrogator

Val Victa ... Dog Handler
Ernest Montano ... Command Center Soldier
Marsh Thompson ... Command Center Civilian
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Directed by
Stephen Milburn Anderson  (as Steve Anderson)
Hubert de La Bouillerie (uncredited)
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
Paul Sinor (story)

Paul Sinor (screenplay) and
Mark Sevi (screenplay) and
Bill Kerby (screenplay)

Produced by
Kenny Golde .... associate producer
Elaine Hastings Edell .... producer
Frank Hildebrand .... co-producer
Joshua D. Maurer .... executive producer
David Tripet .... co-producer
 
Original Music by
Richard Marvin 
 
Cinematography by
Levie Isaacks 
 
Film Editing by
Christopher Rouse 
 
Production Design by
Gary Constable  (as Gary Griffin Constable)
 
Art Direction by
Ronald Red 
 
Costume Design by
Mary Law Weir 
 
Makeup Department
Elisabeth Fry .... makeup artist
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Randy Fife .... second unit director
Dwayne L. Shattuck .... assistant director
Gene Rose Singson .... second assistant director
 
Art Department
Mark Hurtado .... storyboard artist
 
Sound Department
Rick Bozeat .... sound editor
Barney Cabral .... supervising sound editor
Kelly Cabral .... adr supervisor
David Chornow .... sound mixer
Rickley W. Dumm .... first assistant sound editor
Mark McBryde .... foley artist
Perry Robertson .... sound editor
Melissa Sherwood Hofmann .... sound re-recording mixer
Edward M. Steidele .... foley artist
 
Special Effects by
Danny Dominguez .... special effects
 
Visual Effects by
Brian Hanable .... effects compositor
 
Stunts
Gil Arceo .... stunts
Bret Davidson .... stunt coordinator
Randy Fife .... stunt coordinator
Randy Fife .... stunts
Patrick J. Statham .... stunts (as Patrick Statham)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
David Hayball .... gaffer
 
Editorial Department
Mark Fitzgerald .... associate editor
 
Music Department
Steven Corn .... executive in charge of music
 
Other crew
Patrick Jack Lee .... production financing
Sabrina Sipantzi Ballard .... production coordinator (as Sabrina Sipantzi)
Peter Tolle .... assistant accountant
Judy Sharinger .... credits consultant (uncredited)
 
Thanks
Jeffrey S. Edell .... special thanks
 

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Rated R for strong combat violence, and for language
Runtime:
97 min
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While shooting a fight scene, Michael Biehn stepped on and broke one of Adrian Paul's toes.See more »
Goofs:
Factual errors: Ranger patches were not used on U.S. Army berets.See more »
Quotes:
Shooter:There are no loyalties, only targets.See more »
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Features Dirty Dancing (1987)See more »

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4 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
Neither can dead scripts..., 14 September 2001
Author: vfrickey from Earth

The presence of action and adventure film veterans Michael Biehn (Navy Seals), Adrian Paul (the "Highlander" TV series) and R. Lee Ermey (Full Metal Jacket) couldn't resuscitate this flick... the dialogue and plot rarely rise above sophomoric quality.

A major exception to that observation is an excellent gritty monologue delivered by R. Lee Ermey as a Cold War relic of a CIA bureaucrat pining for the good old days early in the film. More illustration of the conflict between Ermey's old-school spook and the (aw, crap!) lady general in charge would have helped the film considerably.

The cinematography is right down there with Saturday morning "hop n'chop" martial arts films - disappointing, considering the crew was equipped to do better. I frankly was angry that this movie didn't have more polish and visual impact than it does.

Also, the technical adviser was either absent or not being listened to by the director and writers. The military details - vignettes of Ranger training and the way in which Biehn and Paul's sniper/spook characters operate ring palpably false - lack the authenticity which even the average modern TV techno-thriller series has - even the later, more disappointing seasons of "24" inspire more willing suspension of belief than "Dead Men Don't Dance."

Finally, the plot peters out toward the end. It's neither compelling nor plausible. You don't strongly care about the characters toward the end, you're just grateful for the end credits so you can get on with your life. The bad guys are predictably bad, the plot twists, while not quite telegraphed, are not terribly surprising either. If a plot twists out in the demilitarized zone somewhere and no one's paying attention, does it make any difference?

The title of this film should be "Night of the Living Dead Plot." You'll never get the hour and a half of your life spent watching this turkey back; paint your house if there's nothing on the tube besides this... watching your walls dry will easily be more entertaining.

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