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The Soldier (1982)

Terrorists take over a plutonium bomb and threaten to detonate it in a Saudi Arabian oil field. A special anti-terrorist unit is sent in to stop them.

Director:

James Glickenhaus
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ken Wahl ... The Soldier
Alberta Watson ... Susan Goodman
Jeremiah Sullivan Jeremiah Sullivan ... Ivan
William Prince ... The President
Joaquim de Almeida ... The Soldier's Force (as Joaquim DeAlmeida)
Peter Hooten ... The Soldier's Force
Steve James ... The Soldier's Force
Alexander Spencer Alexander Spencer ... The Soldier's Force
Klaus Kinski ... Dracha
Bill Anagnos Bill Anagnos ... Truck Driver / Cowboy #1 (as William Anagnos)
Bob Andrews Bob Andrews ... ICBM Guard
Lisa Cain ... Cowgirl #2
Gerald Aleck Cantor Gerald Aleck Cantor ... Customs Officer (as Gerald Cantor)
Anthony Cecere ... Nuclear Guard
Al Cerullo ... Dauphin Pilot (as Al Cerullo Jr.)
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Storyline

The Russians steal a nuclear device and are stating that unless the Israelis pull out from the West bank, they will detonate it, which they have planted in an oil field and if it should go off; 50% of the World's oil will be contaminated. And the Israelis are unwilling to cooperate and the Americans knowing that they can't allow this are making preparations to force the Israelis off the West bank. The President then calls the Director of the CIA to do something about this. The Director assigns the agent who works outside the official channels codenamed the Soldier. He starts by trying to see if the Russians are indeed behind it but the Russians have him marked for termination. When he tries to contact the Director, the Russians placed a bomb in his office that leaves the soldier with no one but his team and the Israelis to help him. Written by rcs0411@yahoo.com

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

He doesn't solve problems...He terminates them. See more »


Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 August 1982 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Codename: The Soldier See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$4,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$6,328,816

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$6,328,816
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Company Credits

Production Co:

James Glickenhaus See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Some movie posters for this film formed the letter "O" in the film's "The Soldier" title logo using an image of the globe of the world. See more »

Goofs

The German terrorist who Wahl shoots mid-air on the ski slope suddenly doesn't have his skis on anymore when he lands. See more »

Alternate Versions

Some violent and bloody scenes in slow motion had to be cut to get an 16 rating in Norway before its cinema release, scenes like the massacre in the beginning, the terrorist being shot in the head by the Israeli Mossad woman and when the policeman is shot in the stomach. later video rental versions are completely uncut. See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Last Horror Film (1982) See more »

Soundtracks

Fool Hearted Memory
Written by Byron Hill and Blake Mevis
Recorded by George Strait for MCA Records
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What is it about Cold War-era Films?
26 June 2001 | by deapodSee all my reviews

I saw THE SOLDIER in the theater, on HBO or Movie Channel (I can't remember which), and in college. Now, I was a freshman at a military college, and they showed this one weekend. Everybody cheered during the title sequence, when words like "DEMOCRACY" and pictures of B-52s were shown, and booed for "COMMUNIST" and pictures of Soviet leaders. Yes, it was the height of the Cold War, and we were training to fight the Soviet Menace, the Evil Empire, the Reds. And we all loved the opening scene in Philadelphia, when the limo, targeted by the terrorists, turns out to be bait to draw the bad guys into the open, so Ken Wahl and his team can hose them with their weapons. But, let's face it, the dialogue was bad, and Ken Wahl has two acting modes--steely resolve and steely anger. But it was a fun little movie in which the good guys will, the bad guys lose, and a Porche gets destroyed jumping the Berlin Wall! It's James Bond with naked breasts and more firepower. And, of course, the "Politically Correct" crowd hates it. But THE SOLDIER, like RED DAWN and THE FINAL OPTION, are definitely products of the Cold War. We, the US and NATO, are good. We stand for freedom, democracy, and peace. They, the Soviets and their minions, stood for oppression, conquest, and war. Of course, we are going to win in these films. Did they ever make a movie about WW2 in which the Nazis won? It seems that most people will try to quickly forget the past, even if that past is less that 20 years earlier. Just enjoy films like these for what they are, movies from an earlier era. Just remember, "SKY BLUE ICE DAWN!"


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