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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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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 Deveraux

Michael Jai White ... S.E.T.H.
Heidi Schanz ... Erin Young, KTXD

Xander Berkeley ... Dr. Dylan Cotner

Justin Lazard ... Captain Blackburn

Kiana Tom ... Maggie

Daniel von Bargen ... General Radford

James Black ... Sergeant Morrow
Karis Paige Bryant ... Hillary Deveraux
Bill Goldberg ... Romeo / UniSol 2500

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

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

Josh Berry ... Radioman

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

Robin Arcuri ... Waitress

Jim Henry ... UniSol / Security Guard

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

Mic Rodgers ... Big Biker
Scott Roland ... UniSol
Colin Skelton ... Technician
Derek Southers ... UniSol
Marvin Frank Stone III ... Unisol Security Guard

Adam Russell Stuart ... General's Aide
Sylvester 'Bear' Terkay ... Hospital Security
Fabian Watkins ... Nightclub Patron
Paul Heckmann ... Nightclub Patron (uncredited)
Bruce Stewart ... ER Doctor (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
Allen Shapiro .... producer
Bennett R. Specter .... co-producer
Jean-Claude Van Damme .... producer
Original Music by
Don Davis 
Cinematography by
Mike 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 
Costume Design by
Jennifer L. Bryan 
Makeup Department
Troy Breeding .... makeup artist
Melissa Forney .... first assistant hair stylist
Kalen Hoyle .... first assistant makeup artist
Philip Ivey .... key hair stylist
Shashana Kaplan .... makeup artist
Keith Sayer .... key makeup artist
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
Byron K. Autrey .... carpenter
Byron K. Autrey .... property maker
Bradly E. Breitbarth .... property master
Adiena Clauson .... set dresser
Jack Colmenero .... set dresser
Archie Hankins .... carpenter
Kelley A. Hankins .... signwriter
Mark Hanks .... swing
Bill Luckey .... assistant property master
Roy Metcalf .... construction coordinator
John Parker .... set dresser
Darren Patnode .... on-set dresser
Thomas H. Paul .... set designer
Gen Quintanilla .... swing
Steve Sawhill .... lead man
Phyllis Detrich .... assistant property master (uncredited)
Nanci Elfrez .... painter (uncredited)
Jennifer Garlington .... art department coordinator (uncredited)
Spanky Lofland .... carpenter (uncredited)
Randy Severs .... carpenter (uncredited)
Sound Department
Joe Barnett .... sound re-recording mixer
Dorian Cheah .... sound re-recording mixer
Pud Cusack .... production sound mixer (as Kathleen Cusack)
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 .... adr 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 sound mixer
John Ross .... sound re-recording mixer
William Smith .... additional sound mixer
Scott Streetman .... cable person
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)
Kelly Vandever .... sound re-recording mixer (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Rick Bongiovanni .... effects crew: KNB Effects
Brett Cody .... effects coordinator
Joe Digaetano .... special effects coordinator (as Joey Digaetano)
Margaret Johnson .... special effects technician
Jerry King .... technician
Randy E. Moore .... special effects crew
Gary Pilkinton .... technician
Kathleen Tonkin .... technician
Robert Vazquez .... special effects foreman
Robert Brown .... special effects technician (uncredited)
John Cluff .... special effects technician (uncredited)
Jim Henry .... special effects assistant (uncredited)
Geoffrey C. Martin .... special effects technician (uncredited)
Alan McFarland .... special effects electronics: KNB (uncredited)
Patrick Tantalo .... special effects technician (uncredited)
Russell Tyrrell .... special effects technician (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Andy Atkins .... Domino artist
Casey Dame .... CGI artist
Tony Deryan .... Domino artist
Buddy Gheen .... digital artist
Gary Hall .... visual effects coordinator
Bruce Harris .... Domino artist
O.T. Hight .... Domino artist
Heidy Hughes .... Domino artist
Paul Le Blanc .... CGI supervisor (as Paul R. LeBlanc)
Ralph Maiers .... visual effects supervisor
TJ Morgan .... Domino artist
Robert W. Morgenroth .... visual effects supervisor (as Rob Morgenroth)
Eric Pham .... Domino artist
Janet Quen .... Domino artist
Bart Rachmil .... visual effects editor
Mike Sabga .... digital artist
Gabriel Sanchez .... Domino artist
Dan Santori .... CGI artist
George Ulmer .... CGI artist
Christopher Grandel .... visual effects coordinator (uncredited)
Derek Ledbetter .... visual effects (uncredited)
Rea Brooks .... stunts
Troy Brown .... stunts
Christy Carlson .... stunts
Rosa Collins .... stunts
Laura Dash .... stunts
Lance Gilbert .... stunt double: Mr. Van Damme
Lance Gilbert .... stunts
Tim Gilbert .... stunts
Troy Gilbert .... stunts
Randy Hall .... stunts
Thomas Robinson Harper .... stunts
Scott Hubbell .... stunts
Matt Johnston .... utility stunts
Henry Kingi Jr. .... stunts (as Henry M. Kingi Jr.)
Curtis Lupo .... stunts
Khristian Lupo .... stunts
Larry Nicholas .... stunts
Manny Perry .... stunts
Chad Randall .... utility stunts
Tim Rigby .... stunts
Larry Rippenkroeger .... stunts
Jimmy N. Roberts .... stunts
Scott Roland .... stunts
Debby Lynn Ross .... stunts (as Debbie Lynn Ross)
Michael Runyard .... stunt coordinator
Jan Michael Shultz .... stunts
Jamie Taylor .... stunts
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)
Jim Henry .... stunts (uncredited)
Scott Hubbell .... marine coordinator (uncredited)
Mark Kay .... stunts (uncredited)
Robert Keller .... stunts (uncredited)
Mic Rodgers .... stunts (uncredited)
David Sanders .... stuntman (uncredited)
Todd Senofonte .... stunt double: Van Damme (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
Jeff Lanes .... dimmer board operator
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)
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 .... local casting (as Toni Cobb)
Meg Looney .... extras casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Rondi Hillstrom Davis .... wardrobe supervisor
Susan Mayes .... key set costumer
Leeann Radeka .... set costumer
Steve Constancio .... set costumer (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Rayford Berrymon .... assistant film editor
James Flynn .... assistant film editor
Terry Haggar .... color timer
Mo Henry .... negative cutter
Eddie Robayo .... apprentice film editor
Sandy S. Solowitz .... first assistant editor: avid
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
Robert Callan .... location manager
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)
Shawn Hueston .... assistant location manager
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
Ron Rauch .... production assistant
Melinda Taksen .... script supervisor
Raigen Thornton .... set medic
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)
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)

Did You Know?

Michael Jai White (S.E.T.H.) also appeared in the original Universal Soldier (1992) as a soldier.See more »
Continuity: During the battle in the Chemical Weapons storage room, where UniSol Romeo is stalking Luc and reporter Erin Young, Luc starts out wearing a dark jacket over his gray shirt. After a short cutaway from him and Erin, his dark jacket is suddenly gone with no visible sign of it. Later, as the movie returns to the Chemical Weapons room fight after a brief detour, Luc suddenly has his dark jacket back on, but this time we also see him actually take it off after it catches fire.See more »
[during a training exercise in the swamp, Luc and Maggie look back and see a UniSol waterskiing off the back of their boat]
Maggie:[clearly impressed] He's good.
Luc Deveraux:[clearly unimpressed] He's stupid.
[Luc cuts the line and the UniSol falls into the river]
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Movie Connections:
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Was Micheal Jai White in "Universal Soldier" (1992) too?
Did Luc ever wear the UniSol 2500 uniform in the movie?
Is this movie "canonical" in the Universal Soldier series?
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17 out of 22 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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