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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 Orient created the world's deadliest art. Now there's an American master! See more »


Certificate:

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Country:

USA

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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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color (TVC)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

In an interview with German media in 2012, Michael Dudikoff revealed he had contracted malaria during filming, and that he can be seen to be excessively sweating at the end of fight scenes as a result. See more »

Goofs

During the final battle, as Shinyuki uses his ninja training to become invisible, the effect of having him disappear is obviously done by stop-motion, as evidenced by the security guard in the background, who instantaneously "jumps" a few feet over without moving. 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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An 80's action gem
18 January 2008 | by RautusSee 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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