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American Ninja (1985)

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

Director:

Sam Firstenberg

Writers:

Paul De Mielche (screenplay), Avi Kleinberger (story) | 1 more credit »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Dudikoff ... Pvt. Joe T. Armstrong
Steve James ... Cpl. Curtis Jackson
Judie Aronson ... Patricia Hickock
Guich Koock Guich Koock ... Col. William T. Hickock
John Fujioka ... Shinyuki
Don Stewart ... Victor Ortega
John LaMotta John LaMotta ... Rinaldo (as John La Motta)
Tadashi Yamashita ... Black Star Ninja
Phillip Brock ... Pvt. Charley Madison (as Phil Brock)
Tony Carreon Tony Carreon ... Older Colombian
Roi Vinzon ... Younger Colombian
Manolet Escudero Manolet Escudero ... Bodyguard
Greg Rocero Greg Rocero ... Bodyguard (as Gregg Rocero)
Berto Spoor Berto Spoor ... Bodyguard
Michael Hackbart Michael Hackbart ... Bodyguard
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Storyline

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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Taglines:

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


Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA | Philippines

Language:

English | Spanish | Japanese

Release Date:

30 August 1985 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

American Warrior See more »

Filming Locations:

Philippines

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Box Office

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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color (TVC)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

All three major cast members of the "American Ninja" franchise starred in three films in the series. They all starred with each other at least once, but all 3 were never in the same film. Michael Dudikoff starred with Steve James in this film and American Ninja 2: The Confrontation (1987), and with David Bradley in American Ninja 4: The Annihilation (1990). Bradley starred with James in American Ninja 3: Blood Hunt (1989), and by himself in American Ninja 5 (1993). See more »

Goofs

One of the dead soldiers in the beginning of the movie seems to be getting up in the background. See more »

Quotes

[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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Alternate Versions

Scenes that were cut from the theatrical release in order to prevent time restraints are.
  • A scene where Joe enters his room and one of the troopers calls Joe a loser and then shoves him.
  • Jackson asks Joe if he wants to shoot some pool but Joe declines.
  • A scene of the Black Star Ninja and Ortega discussing whether or not the Colonel will change his mind about shipping the weapons.
  • Joe finds a dead corpse in the barracks the same day he gets blackmailed.
  • Black Star Ninja asks Ortega if Joe has any other relatives that's been trained the way of the ninja.
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Ninja A-Team
1 July 2007 | by sheppypantsSee all my reviews

If you are watching this movie expecting anything more then action then you're a bit touched in the head. Action indeed, but a special form of action! IT'S 80'S ACTION! All that's missing from this show is "I love it when a plan comes together", as offered by the immortal Hannibal Smith from "The A-Team" as played by the venerable George Peppard.

Make no mistakes. This movie is le grande fromage, but it is fun. Even the super evil ninja with the cute little star tattooed below his right eye is downright adorable. Who doesn't like cute ninja's? Even those with lasers? Highly recommended (if you have enough booze and detach yourself from any form of realism). Fun.


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