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American Ninja (1985)

American soldier, obviously very skilled in martial arts, single-handedly takes on mercenaries in the Philippines.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Pvt. Joe T. Armstrong
... Cpl. Curtis Jackson
... Patricia Hickock
Guich Koock ... Col. William T. Hickock
... Shinyuki
... Victor Ortega
John LaMotta ... Rinaldo (as John La Motta)
... Black Star Ninja
... Pvt. Charley Madison (as Phil Brock)
Tony Carreon ... Older Colombian
... Younger Colombian
Manolet Escudero ... Bodyguard
Greg Rocero ... Bodyguard (as Gregg Rocero)
Berto Spoor ... Bodyguard
Michael Hackbart ... Bodyguard
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Joe Armstrong, an orphaned drifter will little respect for much other than martial arts, finds himself on an American Army base in The Philippines after a judge gives him a choice of enlistment or prison. On one of his first missions driving a convoy, his platoon is attacked by a group of rebels who try to steal the weapons the platoon is transporting and kidnap Patricia, the base colonel's daughter, who happens to be along for the ride. Joe rescues Patricia and gets her safely back to the base, but everyone else in the platoon is killed, leading his superiors to conclude that Joe is guilty of cowardice, collaboration or simple incompetence. At the same time, the rebel leader vows revenge against the serviceman who disrupted his plans, and sends an army of ninjas to assassinate him and bring back Patricia. If he wants to survive and save the girl, Joe's going to have to draw on every last ounce of his training. Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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The deadliest art of the Orient is now in the hands of an American. See more »


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30 August 1985 (USA)  »

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American Warrior  »

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Budget:

$1,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,234,837, 2 September 1985, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$10,499,694
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A rare 1984 poster featuring the rock band KISS advertising their album "Animalize" can be seen on the wall in Joe's squad's sleeping quarters. Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley and Eric Carr have their faces hidden by additional stickers to avoid any potential legal problems, and Mark St. John's head seems to be cropped off by the camera angle. See more »

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Ninjas do not follow the Bushido. See more »

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[first lines]
Pvt. Charley Madison: Hey! I'm great at that game. Back home in California, I'm like deadly. Hold on, I'll teach you girls how to play.
First Soldier: Yeah. Yeah.
Pvt. Charley Madison: Hey, Buddy, come on. We need an extra guy to even up the sides. Hey, come on.
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An 80's action gem
18 January 2008 | by See all my reviews

The 80's was the time for action movies like The Terminator, Missing in Action, Die Hard, Red Scropion, First Blood, The Punisher, RoboCop, The Running Man etc. American Ninja is another 80's action movie and like the other action movies it's great fun to watch. It's got great martial art scenes and great action scenes, the acting in this movie is fine. It's also interesting how the American take on the Ninja genre is different to the Chinese take on the Ninja genre, (The Ninja Squad, Ninja Terminator, Golden Ninja Warrior etc.) Both takes on the Ninja genre are entertaining to watch.

American Ninja is a 80's gem of an action movie that doesn't disappoint with the action and violence. American Ninja spawned four sequels which were American Ninja 2: The Confrotation, American Ninja 3: Blood Hunt, American Ninja 4: The Annihilation and American NInja V.

American Ninja is a great action movie that should be seen. Check this out. 10/10


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