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  (in credits order)

Dolph Lundgren ... Lance Rockford

Jerry Springer ... President of the United States

Shakara Ledard ... Kaye
Thomas Lockyer ... Stevenson
Caroline Lee-Johnson ... Mrs. Jones (as Caroline Lee Johnson)

Gerald Kyd ... Morgan

Ian Porter ... Newell
Howard Antony ... Parker

Geoffrey Burton ... Jamal

Iddo Goldberg ... Scripts

James Chalke ... Lee

Leigh Zimmerman ... Reporter

Steven Elder ... Tech 1
Radu Florescu ... Aide

Ovidiu Niculescu ... Officer
Cristina Teodorescu ... Nurse
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Florin Roata ... Tough
Loredana Groza ... (uncredited)

Directed by
Dolph Lundgren 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Douglas W. Miller  written by

Produced by
Mohamed Ahmed .... associate producer
Sheikh Mohamed Bin Salman .... executive producer
Alastair Burlingham .... executive producer
Irina Chirita .... line producer: Romania
Celia Duval .... line producer (as Celia Z. Bargh)
Stefan Jonas .... co-producer
Al Khalifa .... executive producer
Alan Latham .... co-producer
Philippe Martinez .... producer
Douglas W. Miller .... producer
Claudine Strasser .... producer
Alistair Wilson-Gough .... associate producer
Original Music by
Adam Nordén 
Cinematography by
Maxime Alexandre (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Dedan Ouziel 
Julian Rodd 
Casting by
Jeremy Zimmermann  (as Jeremy Zimmerman)
Production Design by
Matthew Button 
Art Direction by
Radu Corciova 
Set Decoration by
Ion Tudor  (as Tudor Ion)
Costume Design by
Till Fuhrmann 
Makeup Department
Alina Chiriac .... extra hair assistant
Gabi Cretan .... head makeup artist
Ioana Lita .... hair stylist
Doru Rita .... extra makeup assistant
Domnica Sava .... assistant hair stylist
Andrea Dardea Tesdall .... assistant makeup artist (as Andreea Dardea)
Production Management
Burdette Anderson .... post-production supervisor
Gisela Evert .... post-production manager
Iulian Pana .... production manager
Marian Pascale .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Irina Bryson .... third assistant director (as Irina Niculin)
Virgil Nicolaescu .... second assistant director
Patricia Radoi .... fourth assistant director
Anatol Reghintovschi .... second assistant director
Gerry Toomey .... first assistant director
Art Department
Luca Dinulescu .... assistant production designer
Tora Dragomir .... assistant production designer
Raluca Ioanovici .... set dresser
Sabo Marian .... prop buyer
Francesca Mauri .... stand-by art director
Amy Padmore .... production buyer
Marius Pogaceanu .... props assistant
Adrian Popa .... props master
Serban Rotariu .... storyboard artist
Luminita Costinela Stanciu .... art department coordinator (as Luminita Stanciu)
Marius Trandafir .... props assistant
Sound Department
Alexander Buck .... sound effects editor
Florian Flossmann .... sound mixer
William Franck .... sound recordist: second unit
Matt Grimes .... supervising dialogue editor
Nils Karlson .... foley editor
Stefan Korte .... sound re-recording mixer
Frank Kruse .... sound effects editor
Markus Münz .... adr recordist
Markus Münz .... foley recordist
Kai Schoormann .... sound effects editor
Wilmont Schulze .... foley artist
Kuen-Il Song .... sound editor
Markus Urchs .... boom operator
Hanse Warns .... sound effects editor
Guido Zettier .... sound designer
Guido Zettier .... supervising sound editor
Special Effects by
Moise Constantin .... special effects assistant (as Constantin Moise)
Bob Keen .... special effects
Scott McIntyre .... special effects supervisor
Adrian Popescu .... special effects supervisor
Mark Starkey .... special effects technician
George Tudoran .... special effects assistant
Visual Effects by
Joerg Bruemmer .... visual effects
Florian Decker .... visual effects
Philipp Eckel .... shake artist: das werk
Ute Engel .... visual effects
Ralf Wacker .... digital intermediate supervisor
Georg Wieland .... digital effects artist (uncredited)
Florin Barcun .... stunt performer
Levan Doran .... stunts
Luminita Filimon .... stunt double
Alexander Mardan .... stunts
Rasvan Puiu .... stunt coordinator
Andy Smart .... stunts (as Andy J. Smart)
Rocky Taylor .... stunt coordinator
Daniel Visan .... stunts
Vasile Albinet .... stunt performer (uncredited)
Ion Carangea .... stunts (uncredited)
Daniel Pasleaga .... stunt actor (uncredited)
Florin Stancu .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Cos Aelenei .... still photographer
Octavian Andreescu .... electrician
Lupsa Armand .... electrician
Daniel Balteanu .... electrician
Petre Bat .... second assistant camera
Mihai Burtan .... focus puller: "c" camera
Daniel Ciobanu .... generator operator
Grigore Ciobanu .... generator operator
Marian Ene .... key grip
Marius Florian .... second assistant camera (as Jerry Florian)
Titi Gavrila .... focus puller: "a" camera
Ilie Georgica .... focus puller: "b" camera (as Georgica Ilie)
Bebe Guta .... loader
Marian Iancu .... generator operator
Cristi Lupu .... generator operator
Ionut Lupulescu .... second assistant camera
Catalin Nicolae .... electrician (as Nicolae Catalin)
George Nicolae .... best boy
Florin Niculae .... gaffer (as Florin Nicolae)
Razvan Paslaru .... best boy grip
Violeta Rizea .... clapper loader
Adrian Serbanescu .... key man
Catalin Simioana .... Steadicam assistant
Octavian Sotir .... video assist
Bogdan Stanciu .... Steadicam operator
Catalin Stoica .... grip
Remus Tanase .... best boy grip
Nicolae Vasile .... electrician (as Vasile Nicolae)
Radu Marinescu .... grip (uncredited)
Bogdan Stanciu .... camera operator: "b" camera (uncredited)
Casting Department
Tekin Cetinkaya .... casting coordinator
Domnica Circiumaru .... extras casting coordinator
Ramona Munteanu .... extras casting assistant (as Ramone Munteanu)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Eli Calin .... costume supervisor
Charlotte Child .... assistant costume designer
Laurentiu Costea .... wardrobe assistant
Daniela Nicolae .... wardrobe assistant (as Daniela Niculae)
Ruxandra Nitulescu .... wardrobe assistant
Carmen Stefan .... wardrobe assistant
Editorial Department
Fiona Mackay .... post-production assistant
Ross Mcfall .... assistant editor
Yan Miles .... first assistant editor
Mihai Mitici .... second assistant editor
Dan Mitre .... colorist
Des Murray .... on-line editor
Music Department
Mats Berntoft .... musician: guitar
Arnold Hattingh .... assistant music supervisor
Adam Nordén .... music producer
Simon White .... music supervisor
Transportation Department
Viorel Costache .... production driver
Nicolae Enache .... driver: art department
Ionel Ilie .... driver: Maxime Alexandre (as Ilie Ionel)
Alexandra Margarit .... driver: camera crew (as Alexandru Margarit)
Adi Nita .... transportation coordinator
Dragos Popescu .... driver: Celia Z. Bargh & Gerry Toomey
Other crew
Mark Andrews .... production executive
Vasile Anghel .... assistant location manager
Andra Barbuica .... script supervisor
Matthias Benner .... production coordinator: Germany
Irina Bryson .... extras coordinator (as Irina Niculin)
Ioana Cernescu .... production secretary
Carol A. Compton .... script clearance
Luminita Constantinescu .... cashier
James Cope .... assistant production accountant
Raul Cosma .... assistant location manager
Johanna Edholm .... assistant: Mr. Lundgren
Steven Edwicker .... production accountant
Barry Evans .... fight consultant
Thomas Mattinson .... head of production: UK
Mihai Mitrea .... location manager
Craita Nanu .... production assistant
Mihaela Onega .... public relations assistant
Dragos Peciu .... assistant production accountant
Cara Savage .... assistant production accountant (as Cara Manly)
Hugh Spurling .... studio executive
Doru Stan .... production assistant
Anamaria Telega .... production coordinator
James Weston .... armorer
Mirela Pancu .... production accountant (uncredited)
Sidney J. Furie .... special thanks

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Rated R for violence and language
90 min
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Directorial debut of Dolph Lundgren.See more »
Errors in geography: The map used several times throughout the movie to represent Romania is of Western Canada (ranging from B.C. to Manitoba, focused on Alberta, with a huge red area on Saskatchewan).See more »
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25 out of 32 people found the following review useful.
Lundgrens finest work to date! Very intriguing!, 22 March 2005
Author: Thomas Jolliffe (supertom-3) from Marlow, England

Dolph Lundgren takes up directing duties for the first time here and scores a hit! The Defender is a film which remarkably for a B-movie offers some thought provoking ideas. The plot involves political intrigue and corruption but the basic gist is that America wants peace with the international terrorists against them. A secret meeting is set up between the head of NSA and Mohamed Jamar a kind of Sadam/Bin Laden character. Dolph plays Lance Rockford bodyguard and leader of a team of highly trained operatives who look after the head of the NSA. In 91 he thought in the Gulf and was captured and tortured to set an example to America. His torture was ordered from Jamar. So we now have an interesting concept. The meeting takes place in Romania in an empty hotel, a fantastic setting. What happens is that initially Dolph doesn't know who Roberta's Jones (NSA head) is meeting. The meeting is taking place essentially to buy Jamar's invisibility. He cannot be convicted or killed as that would make him a martyr, however if America does nothing they look weak. Buying his invisibility basically means he will never surface again and that America can keep up the pretence that he is being hunted down. So there is now a hotel with a terrorist and the head of the NSA meeting up with bodyguards for each. However this secret meeting is not so secret and they are ambushed. As it turns out by American soldiers, working for a group of traitors who call themselves the patriots group. Including one of the presidents own advisor's, and a senator. They want the meeting to fail, become public and in essence to oust he president and star a war at the same time. There is profit in war it seems. This is an interesting concept in itself but the movie take in an extra interesting twist which you'll have to see for yourself.

As a director Dolph does well, raising the question: Why work with so many b-grade hacks in recent years? He does the best directing job since he had the good fortune to work with John Woo in 98 with BlackJack. Lest we not forget that Dolph has worked with some good directors, Woo, Russell Mulcahey, Roland Emmerich, as well as some veterans who although past their best when they worked with Dolph, still must have been useful for picking up tips, for example Sidney Furie, Ted Kotcheff and Bruce Malmuth. The Defender with all it's political intrigue and so called acts of patriotism are comparable to the Bourne films. This is essentially the low budget sibling to those films and although this is inferior, this is still good work. Dolph handles the action well and the action is plentiful with the entire last hour essentially one long action scene. The camera keeps moving creating a real vibrancy and kinetic energy that works well and the action is reality based putting the audience right in there with some great use of sound. The sound design is the best part of this film, strange as that may sound, but it is so well done it really enhances the action. At the same time the editing is tight and this gives the films action a great sense of rhythm and pacing, particularly with some excellent hand-to-hand moments.

Cast-wise, Dolph is good in the lead, giving a solid performance. He plays it just right and it's a role that demands subtlety during it's edgier moments. He is ably supported by Caroline Lee-Johnson as Roberta Jones, as well as Shakara Ledard as a female member of Dolph's security teams. The rest of Dolph's team are also good. Particularly good in support is the one and only Jerry Springer as the president! President Springer! How cool would that be? Very methinks! Anyway Jerry is surprisingly good in fact because acting his not his first profession. The film is also blessed with a good score from Adam Norden whose subtle synth based score does not try to recreate a full orchestra, but instead plays to the strengths of the synthesiser and he creates some interesting themes. Also the cinematography from Maxime Alexandre is excellent, making the film look far more polished than Dolph's more recent efforts and giving it the gloss of one Seagal and Van Damme's latest efforts the considerably more expensive Into The Sun and Wake Of Death respectively. The Defender it must be said is also far superior to those films and is a film I would certainly watch at the cinema, even without my main man Dolph in it. It has interesting concepts and is a good action film. I have seen some abysmal films at the cinema like A Man Apart and Collateral Damage, Driven. All with big action stars, yet Defender is a hell of a lot better than those films. It has some integrity and excitement.

Overall this is a solid piece and Dolph's fans will be more than happy. Adding to their excitement, Dolph is taking up directing duty in his next film too, with him playing a Russian hit-man in The Mechanik, co-starring Ben Cross (Chariots Of Fire). The Defender is a good watch for any action fan. ***1/2

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