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Universal Soldier: The Return -- When the Universal Soldiers supercomputer goes haywire, Luc Deveraux is the only one who can battlethe elite team of deadly, near-perfect warriors.
Universal Soldier: The Return -- The "universal soldiers" must fight the whole army. When the military's supercomputer S.E.T.H gets out of control


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20 August 1999 (USA) See more »
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The "universal soldiers" must fight the whole army. When the military's supercomputer S.E.T.H gets out of control Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)

Jean-Claude Van Damme ... Luc

Michael Jai White ... SETH
Heidi Schanz ... Erin

Xander Berkeley ... Dylan Cotner

Justin Lazard ... Capt. Blackburn

Kiana Tom ... Maggie

Daniel von Bargen ... General Radford

James Black ... Sergeant Morrow
Karis Paige Bryant ... Hillary
Bill Goldberg ... Romeo

Brent Anderson ... 2nd Technician
Brent Hinkley ... Squid
Woody Watson ... RL Gate Guard
Jacqueline Klein ... Betty Wilson
Maria Arita ... Kitty Anderson
Sam Williamson ... Hillary's Doctor
Dion Culberson ... Drag Queen
Pam Dougherty ... 60 Yr. Old Woman

Heidi Franz ... Erin's Stripper
Barbara Petricini-Buxton ... Female News Anchor
Molly Moroney ... Pediatric Nurse

Josh Berry ... Radio Man

Mark Dalton ... Lead RL Guard
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Robin Arcuri ... Waitress (uncredited)
Paul Heckmann ... Nightclub Patron (uncredited)

Jim Henry ... UniSol / Security Guard (uncredited)

Lyle Kanouse ... UniSol 2500 (voice) (uncredited)
John Lee Lewis ... RL Med Tech (uncredited)
W. Glenn Malmskog ... SEAL Demolitions Man (uncredited)
Mark Nicholson ... Club Manager (uncredited)

Mic Rodgers ... Big Biker (uncredited)
Scott Roland ... UniSol (uncredited)
Colin Skelton ... Technician (uncredited)
Derek Southers ... UniSol (uncredited)
Bruce Stewart ... ER Doctor (uncredited)
Marvin Frank Stone III ... Unisol Security Guard (uncredited)

Adam Russell Stuart ... General's Aide (uncredited)
Sylvester 'Bear' Terkay ... Hospital Security (uncredited)
Fabian Watkins ... Nightclub Patron (uncredited)

Directed by
Mic Rodgers 
Writing credits
Richard Rothstein (characters) &
Christopher Leitch (characters) and
Dean Devlin (characters)

William Malone (written by) and
John Fasano (written by)

Produced by
Craig Baumgarten .... producer
Daniel Melnick .... executive producer
Adam Merims .... co-producer
Richard G. Murphy .... co-producer
Michael I. Rachmil .... executive producer (as Michael Rachmil)
Allen Shapiro .... producer
Bennett R. Specter .... co-producer
Jean-Claude Van Damme .... producer
Original Music by
Don Davis 
Cinematography by
Mike Benson (director of photography) (as Michael A. Benson)
Film Editing by
Peck Prior 
Casting by
Rachel Abroms 
Jory Weitz 
Production Design by
David Chapman 
Art Direction by
John Frick 
Set Decoration by
Donnasu Sealy  (as Donnasue Sealy)
Costume Design by
Jennifer L. Bryan 
Makeup Department
Melissa Forney .... first assistant hair stylist
Kalen Hoyle .... first assistant makeup artist
Philip Ivey .... key hair stylist
Keith Sayer .... key makeup artist
Troy Breeding .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Shashana Kaplan .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Production Management
Michael I. Rachmil .... unit production manager (as Michael Rachmil)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Albert Cho .... first assistant director
Rebecca Strickland .... second assistant director
Art Department
Bradly E. Breitbarth .... property master (as Bradly Breitbarth)
Bill Luckey .... assistant property master
Roy Metcalf .... construction coordinator
Darren Patnode .... on-set dresser
Thomas H. Paul .... set designer
Steve Sawhill .... leadman
Wallace R. Symns .... greensman (as Wallace Symns)
Byron K. Autrey .... carpenter (uncredited)
Byron K. Autrey .... property maker (uncredited)
Jack Colmenero .... set dresser (uncredited)
Phyllis Detrich .... assistant property master (uncredited)
Nanci Elfrez .... painter (uncredited)
Jennifer Garlington .... art department coordinator (uncredited)
Archie Hankins .... carpenter (uncredited)
Kelley A. Hankins .... signwriter (uncredited)
Mark Hanks .... swing (uncredited)
Spanky Lofland .... carpenter (uncredited)
John Parker .... set dresser (uncredited)
Gen Quintanilla .... swing (uncredited)
Randy Severs .... carpenter (uncredited)
Sound Department
Joe Barnett .... re-recording mixer
Dorian Cheah .... re-recording mixer
Pud Cusack .... sound mixer
Jed M. Dodge .... dialogue editor (as Jed Dodge)
Lisle Engle .... sound effects editor
Mary Erstad .... foley mixer
Paula Fairfield .... sound effects editor
David Lee Fein .... foley artist (as David Fein)
Alan Freedman .... adr mixer
Frank Gaeta .... sound effects editor
George Haddad .... sound effects editor
Greg Hedgepath .... supervising sound editor
Michael Hertlein .... dialogue editor
Robert Jackson .... adr supervisor (as Robert C. Jackson)
C.W. Jones .... foley mixer
Michael Kamper .... sound effects editor
Ossama Khuluki .... foley artist
Diane Marshall .... foley artist
Michael Mullane .... sound effects editor
Linda Murphy .... boom operator
Yuri Reese .... additional mixing
John Ross .... re-recording mixer
William Smith .... additional mixing
Scott Streetman .... cableman
Lucy Sustar .... foley editor
Roland N. Thai .... sound effects editor (as Roland Thai)
Robert Getty .... assistant sound editor (uncredited)
Patrick Giraudi .... additional sound re-recording mixer (uncredited)
Michael Hertlein .... adr editor (uncredited)
Kelly Vandever .... sound re-recording mixer (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Brett Cody .... effects coordinator: E=mc²
Joe Digaetano .... special effects
Robert Vazquez .... special effects (as Bobby Vazquez)
Rick Bongiovanni .... effects crew: KNB Effects (uncredited)
Robert Brown .... special effects technician (uncredited)
John Cluff .... special effects technician (uncredited)
Jim Henry .... special effects assistant (uncredited)
Margaret Johnson .... special effects technician (uncredited)
Jerry King .... technician (uncredited)
Geoffrey C. Martin .... special effects technician (uncredited)
Alan McFarland .... special effects electronics: KNB (uncredited)
Randy E. Moore .... special effects crew (uncredited)
Gary Pilkinton .... technician (uncredited)
Patrick Tantalo .... special effects technician (uncredited)
Kathleen Tonkin .... technician (uncredited)
Russell Tyrrell .... special effects technician (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Andy Atkins .... Domino artist: CRC Digital
Casey Dame .... CGI artist: CRC Digital
Tony Deryan .... Domino artist: CRC Digital
Buddy Gheen .... digital artist: E=mc²
Gary Hall .... visual effects coordinator: CRC Digital
Bruce Harris .... Domino artist: CRC Digital
O.T. Hight .... Domino artist: CRC Digital
Heidy Hughes .... Domino artist: CRC Digital (as Hiedy Hughes)
Paul Le Blanc .... CGI supervisor: E=mc² (as Paul R. LeBlanc)
Ralph Maiers .... visual effects supervisor: CRC Digital
TJ Morgan .... Domino artist: CRC Digital (as T.J. Morgan)
Robert W. Morgenroth .... visual effects supervisor: E=mc² (as Rob Morgenroth)
Eric Pham .... Domino artist: CRC Digital
Janet Quen .... Domino artist: CRC Digital
Bart Rachmil .... visual effects editor
Mike Sabga .... digital artist: E=mc²
Gabriel Sanchez .... Domino artist: CRC Digital
Dan Santori .... CGI artist: CRC Digital
George Ulmer .... CGI artist: CRC Digital
Christopher Grandel .... visual effects coordinator (uncredited)
Derek Ledbetter .... visual effects (uncredited)
Rea Brooks .... stunts (as Rae Brooks)
Troy Brown .... stunts
Christy Carlson .... stunts
Rosa Collins .... stunts
Lance Gilbert .... stunts
Tim Gilbert .... stunts
Troy Gilbert .... stunts
Randy Hall .... stunts
Thomas Robinson Harper .... stunts (as Tom Harper)
Scott Hubbell .... stunts
Matt Johnston .... stunts
Henry Kingi Jr. .... stunts (as Henry M. Kingi Jr.)
Curtis Lupo .... stunts
Larry Nicholas .... stunts
Manny Perry .... stunts
Chad Randall .... stunts
Tim Rigby .... stunts
Larry Rippenkroeger .... stunts (as Larry Ruppenkroger)
Jimmy N. Roberts .... stunts (as Jimmy Roberts)
Debby Lynn Ross .... stunts (as Debbie Lynn Ross)
Michael Runyard .... stunt coordinator
Jan Michael Shultz .... stunts (as Jan Michael Schultz)
Keith Tellez .... stunts
Russell Towery .... stunts
Tim Trella .... stunts
Christopher J. Tuck .... stunts (as Chris Tuck)
Jeff Ward .... stunts
Tak Yuen .... stunts
Harold Burns .... stunt rigger (uncredited)
John Cann .... stunts (uncredited)
Jennifer Caputo .... high fall stunt (uncredited)
Laura Dash .... stunts (uncredited)
Lance Gilbert .... stunt double: Mr. Van Damme (uncredited)
Jim Henry .... stunts (uncredited)
Scott Hubbell .... marine coordinator (uncredited)
Mark Kay .... stunts (uncredited)
Robert Keller .... stunts (uncredited)
Khristian Lupo .... stunts (uncredited)
Mic Rodgers .... stunts (uncredited)
Scott Roland .... stunts (uncredited)
David Sanders .... stuntman (uncredited)
Todd Senofonte .... stunt double: Van Damme (uncredited)
Jamie Taylor .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Marc Andrus .... key grip
Stephen Beasley .... assistant chief lighting technician (as Stephen F. Beasley)
Arthur Blum .... dolly grip
Kevin Boyle .... first assistant camera: "b" camera
Peter Clarson .... chief lighting technician
Brown Cooper .... camera operator: "b" camera
Gary Jay .... camera operator: "b" camera
Key Kolb .... second grip
Jim McConkey .... Steadicam operator
Fred L. McLane .... first assistant camera: "a" camera
Edward Morey III .... camera operator: "a" camera
Rob Nelson .... video operator: E=mc²
Van Redin .... still photographer
Roger Basquette .... video assist operator (uncredited)
Cheryl Clarson .... electrician (uncredited)
Donald R. Howe Jr. .... second assistant camera (uncredited)
Jeff Lanes .... dimmer board operator (uncredited)
Eric Montes .... additional electrician (uncredited)
Michael Off .... camera operator (uncredited)
Andy Stefanek .... electrician (uncredited)
Jason Taylor .... best boy rigging electrician (uncredited)
Troy Webb .... rigging gaffer (uncredited)
Casting Department
Gabrielle Berberich .... casting associate
Barbara Brinkley .... casting: Texas
Toni Cobb Brock .... casting: Texas (as Toni Cobb)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Rondi Hillstrom Davis .... wardrobe supervisor
Susan Mayes .... key set costumer
Steve Constancio .... set costumer (uncredited)
Leeann Radeka .... set costumer (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Rayford Berrymon .... assistant film editor
James Flynn .... assistant film editor
Terry Haggar .... color timer (as Terry Hager)
Mo Henry .... negative cutter
Ron Rauch .... production assistant
Eddie Robayo .... apprentice film editor
Sandy S. Solowitz .... first assistant film editor
Location Management
Robert Callan .... location manager
Shawn Hueston .... assistant location manager
Music Department
Jason Alexander .... music supervisor
Sharon Boyle .... music consultant
Robert Garrett .... music editor
John Houlihan .... music consultant
Micki Stern .... music supervisor
Transportation Department
John Burkholtz .... transportation captain
Richard A. Davis .... transportation co-captain (as Richard Davis)
Jon Bergholz .... dispatcher (uncredited)
Other crew
Anne Attalla .... assistant: Mr. Shapiro
Gino Crognale .... puppeteer
Jim Dunlap .... first assistant accountant
Andrea Gabusi .... production coordinator
Chris Gilmer .... production assistant
Ellyn Klein Golub .... assistant production coordinator (as Ellyn Klein)
Jennifer S. Gottlieb .... production assistant (as Jennifer Gottlieb-Rosenbaum)
Theodore Haines .... puppeteer (as Ted Haines)
J. Larsen Jay .... production secretary
Cindy Lindauer .... studio teacher
Jake McKinnon .... puppeteer
Sarah Morse .... production accountant (as Sarah M. Morse)
Angela Peterson .... assistant: Mr. Rachmil
Parrish Rainge .... production assistant
Melinda Taksen .... script supervisor
Rick Washburn .... weapons master
Pete Waterman .... production assistant
Nikki Woods .... production assistant
Karen Woodward .... assistant: Mr. Baumgarten
LouAnn Wu .... assistant: Mr. Rodgers
Sarah Nean Bruce .... production advisor (uncredited)
Eve Butterly .... script supervisor (uncredited)
Caryn Cheever .... second assistant accountant (uncredited)
Laura King .... unit medic (uncredited)
Peter Malota .... martial arts choreographer (uncredited)
Mike Sudrow .... weapons specialist (uncredited)
Raigen Thornton .... set medic (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Universal Soldier IV" - USA (informal alternative title)
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Rated R for nonstop strong violence, and for language and nudity
83 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Argentina:13 | Australia:M | Brazil:16 | Canada:14A (Alberta/British Columbia/Manitoba) | Canada:14 (Nova Scotia) | Canada:AA (Ontario) | Canada:13+ (Quebec) | Canada:18+ (TV rating) | Finland:K-16 | France:12 | Germany:18 | Iceland:16 | New Zealand:M | Norway:15 | Philippines:PG-13 | Portugal:M/12 | Singapore:NC-16 | South Korea:18 | Spain:18 | Sweden:15 | UK:18 (cut) | USA:R (certificate #36471)

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Subsequent Universal Soldier films ignore the events of The Return and outright contradict it in a number of ways; while still an official entry, it is no longer considered part of the series canon.See more »
Continuity: (at around 1h 12 mins) During the final fight sequence between SETH and Luc, SETH grabs Luc by the neck with his right hand and holds him into the chair. Whilst holding him into the chair, the hand holding the neck switches to his left hand and then back his right hand again between shots.See more »
Maggie:[about Romeo] I don't care if he's dead. If he grabs me again, I'll kill him.See more »
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17 out of 23 people found the following review useful.
So bad it is entertaining, 26 August 2005
Author: mentalcritic from Southern Hemisphere

The mind boggles at exactly what about Universal Soldier merited a sequel. Since the real star, Dolph Lundgren, would not be able to reprise his role from the original, there is already scant reason to indulge oneself in this obvious tax write-off. Bold attempts are made to fill the gap with professional wrestler Bill Goldberg and martial arts expert Michael Jai White. To their credit, they give their action sequences a good sense of excitement. Bill Goldberg looks like he is having the time of his life on this film, and he makes a fair stab at filling the requisite comedic villain role. For once, his role is the kind that involves repeating the same line a few times, and it does not get irritating. The problem from the audience's point of view is that neither of these gentlemen really have the sense of comic timing or minor humility that makes Lundgren such a pleasure to watch in almost all of his films. And therein lies the problem. You do not go to see a Van Damme film because you want serious action. You go because you want comedy, however unintentional.

Unbeknownst to many people, Universal Soldier was followed by two direct-to-video sequels. I have only seen the first, which had production values so bad one can only wonder if it was meant to be some kind of elaborate joke. Matt Battaglia was so terrible in the role of Luc Deveraux that for once in his career, the sight of Jean-Claude Van Damme comes as a welcome relief. The film more or less completely disregards the stories of the aforementioned direct-to-video sequels, and instead begins a whole new story set an indeterminate time after the events of the original. After years of investigation and explanation, the Unisol project is still going ahead, with some minor modifications. For one, the new Unisols are stronger and more damage-resistant than their earlier cousins. For another, all of the Unisols are now under the direction of a supercomputer called SETH. In the early parts of the film, SETH exists primarily as a series of abstract graphics within a glass dome.

Being that the film barely lasts more than eighty minutes, we are quickly told that funding to the military is being cut. The Unisol project is on the chopping block, which essentially means that SETH will be turned off. SETH, somehow overhearing this conversation through means that are never really explained, decides to mobilise the Unisols as an army against those seeking to shut him down. His only problem is that every so often, a code is required to be put into his system in order to prevent automatic shutdown. Two individuals possess the code in question. SETH kills the first in short order, and those who are familiar with the plot kit that Van Damme's films are constructed out of will guess within five seconds who the second happens to be. The rest of the film revolves around the Unisols' attempts to get the code out of Van Damme without injuring him too badly. A subplot with a daughter and a reporter is woven into the film, but it adds about as much to the story as Van Damme does to the profession of acting.

The film is loaded to the brim with ridiculous lines and clichés. When SETH transplants his command module into the body of Michael Jai White, we get a speech about how the time of the humans is over. He goes on to tell his foot soldiers how fear and mortality will be humanity's weakness(es). Gee, SETH, you mean they will not be our strong points? All kidding aside, the short length of the film is both the film's weakness and its strength. It leaves the action without adequate setup. In the original, we are given a very thorough explanation of the Unisols, how they work, and how they are brought to the state that is seen in the majority of the film. Here, the writer seems to take it for granted that the viewer knows what a Unisol is and how they operate. At least in the original, a moment of curiosity and wonder was created by leaving the explanation for later in the film when the hero lies in a tub of ice. Here, one of the villains is shot with a gun that leaves massive holes in his uniform (and presumably his body), getting up every time without stopping for breath.

I tend to reserve the score of one for films that are so bad that they become entertaining in a completely unintentional manner. If you can see it on the cheap, knock yourself out. This is the kind of film that makes me mourn the loss of Mystery Science Theatre.

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