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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.


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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 <>

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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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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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$60,000,000 (estimated)

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


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

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Did You Know?


The Trinity Moons screen near the end of the movie also includes references to "Eminiar 7" from Star Trek: A Taste of Armageddon (1967), and "Kessel" possibly referring to the Kessel Run mentioned by Han Solo in Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977). See more »


Seventeen soldiers should be left after the first 3-man team is eliminated, but Todd kills a total of 24 soldiers. 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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References A Clockwork Orange (1971) See more »


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Soldier on!
28 July 2005 | by (Brooklyn, NY) – See all my reviews

Kurt Russell is strong and (mostly) silent in this futuristic action-thriller from Paul Anderson (Event Horizon, Resident Evil.) Set on a garbage-dump planet, Soldier plays like a cross between Rambo and Shane, with Russell barely speaking as the title character, an "obsolete" genetic soldier left for dead. The supporting cast of colonists, including Connie Nielsen, Sean Pertwee and a surprisingly hirsute Michael Chiklis, is able. They spend most of the movie being scared of Russell, and the rest of it running for their lives. Russell's performance here is one of the best he's ever given. With almost no words to say, he conveys emotion, feeling and meaning with looks and glances. It is almost a mime performance. When the action sequences kick into gear, he kicks ass--and does so in a strong, silent, matter-of fact way. There are flaws. Jason Scott Lee is brutish as a "superior" genetic soldier. Jason Isaacs does a great impression of Frank Burns from M*A*S*H as a weaselly commanding officer, and Gary Busey busts a gut (and nearly busts his girdle) as Todd's mentor. This is an underrated, and excellent sci-fi flick, and recommended for anyone who wants a second visit to the universe of Blade Runner--David Webb Peoples wrote both screenplays.

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