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Soldier (I) (1998)

R  |   |  Action, Drama, Sci-Fi  |  23 October 1998 (USA)
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A soldier is dumped on a waste disposal planet and lives among a community of crash survivors on the planet and takes it upon himself to defend his new home when genetic engineered soldiers are ordered to eliminate the crash survivors.


(as Paul Anderson)
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In a futuristic society, some people are selected at birth to become soldiers, and trained in such a manner that they become inhuman killing machines. One of the most succesfull and older of these soldiers (Russell) is pitted against a new breed of soldiers, and after the confrontation is believed to be dead. His body is left behind in a semi-abandoned colonial planet, where everything is peaceful, and he is taught about the other aspects of life. But eventually he has to fight the new breed of soldiers again, this time to defend his new home... Written by Parca Mortem <icy_shadow@rocketmail.com>

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Left for dead on a remote planet for obsolete machines and people, a fallen hero has one last battle to fight


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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

23 October 1998 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Soldado Implacável  »

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$75,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$6,447,237 (USA) (23 October 1998)


$14,567,883 (USA) (4 December 1998)

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Tony Gilroy did an uncredited rewrite on the screenplay. See more »


When the newer, more elite soldiers are introduced, just before the camera pans to the left, the soldier on the end breaks character and begins to smile. See more »


[first lines]
Female Voice: [to audience of very young boys] A soldier does not speak until spoken to by a superior officer. A soldier shows no mercy. Mercy is weakness. Weakness is death. A soldier...
[squealing pig led in for slaughter]
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Avoids many clichés, very well directed, very well acted.
18 July 2003 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

Ok, basically this is a popcorn sci-fi movie, but from the outset its obvious that it has been directed with a great deal of intelligence. You can count about 10 clichés that the film is building up to, but it only delivers on about three of them, and a couple of them have a twist to them that lets you know once again that the director hasn't assumed that you are an idiot. Kurt Russell's acting is truely superb and brings a depth from the character that is suprising and rewarding. Recommended if you've just seen something really stupid, and want to rebuild your faith!

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