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
Playing the American President of the United States of America, actor William Prince's presidential character is only ever known as "The President" and is billed in the credits also as such. See more »
In the opening stunt you can see that the actress is clearly a stunt man when his wig comes off. See more »
The UK cinema version was cut by 4 secs to remove blood spurts from stomach and head shootings though video releases lost a further minute from a scene where a light bulb is fitted with a booby trapped bomb which explodes later. The 2004 Cinema Club DVD restored the cinema cuts but retained 1 min 17 secs of edits to the bomb-making scene. See more »
I saw it when it first came out, and I think I was a sophomore in high school. Carter and his "maliase" (pardon the spelling) were out, Reagan and his pro-America anti-evil empire were in. The Soviets were considered a real threat. Perhaps like today's Bin Laden with a few thousand nukes pointed at us.
Yes, the acting tended to be stiff, and there were some things that happened in the movie that didn't make too much sense. You know what? It was not a documentary. Tangerine Dream did an excellent job with the score, the opening scene was great, good action sequences that were of course pro-American, and it had a patriotic ending. It was a good movie for it's time. Back in 1982, it was considered very cool to be very patriotic, and this movie fit the time.
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