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Commando (1985)

A retired Special Forces colonel tries to save his daughter, who was abducted by his former subordinate.

Director:

Mark L. Lester

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Jeph Loeb (story) (as Joseph Loeb III), Matthew Weisman (story) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Arnold Schwarzenegger ... John Matrix
Rae Dawn Chong ... Cindy
Dan Hedaya ... Arius
Vernon Wells ... Bennett
James Olson ... Major General Franklin Kirby
David Patrick Kelly ... Sully
Alyssa Milano ... Jenny Matrix
Bill Duke ... Cooke
Drew Snyder ... Lawson
Sharon Wyatt Sharon Wyatt ... Leslie
Michael DeLano ... Forrestal
Bob Minor ... Jackson
Michael Adams ... Harris (as Mike Adams)
Gary Carlos Cervantes ... Diaz (as Carlos Cervantes)
Lenny Juliano Lenny Juliano ... Soldier
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Storyline

A retired special agent named John Matrix led an elite unit and has left the armed forces to live in a secluded mountain home with his daughter Jenny. But now he is forced out of retirement when his daughter is kidnapped by a band of thugs intent on revenge! Unbeknownst to Matrix, the members of his former unit are being killed one by one. Even though Matrix' friend General Franklin Kirby gives Matrix armed guards, attackers manage to kidnap Matrix and Jenny. Matrix learns that Bennett, a former member of his Matrix' unit who was presumed dead has kidnapped him to try to force Matrix to do a political assassination for a man called Arius (who calls himself El Presidente), a warlord formerly bested by Matrix who wishes to lead a military coup in his home country. Since Arius will have Jenny killed if Matrix refuses, Matrix reluctantly accepts the demand. Written by Anthony Pereyra {hypersonic91@yahoo.com}

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 October 1985 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Komando See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,700,015, 6 October 1985, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$35,100,000

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$22,391,000
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| (director's cut) | (video)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo (4 channels)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

It was rumored Vernon Wells got the part of Bennett because of his performance as Wez in The Road Warrior (1981). See more »

Goofs

At the beginning of the movie when Matrix is driving his truck down the mountains after the bad-guys, there are two mistakes. The first is that just before Matrix's truck crashes, the two cars he's chasing (the car and the van) are very close to one another, and Matrix drives right between the two cars without hitting either of them. This is because after you see the shot of the two vehicles close to one another, the next shot you see the van that was following the car is way behind and totally misses Matrix's truck. The next mistake is just before Matrix's truck falls off the little cliff, you see many trees in front of him (where the cliff was supposed to be), however, once the truck actually falls off, the cliff is there with no trees around it. See more »

Quotes

Cooke: You scared, motherfucker? Well, you should be, because this Green Beret is going to kick your big ass!
John Matrix: I eat Green Berets for breakfast. And right now, I'm very hungry!
Cindy: [hiding under a table] I can't believe this macho bullshit...
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Alternate Versions

The original UK cinema and video versions were censored by around 15 seconds, and removed the shots where Matrix (Arnold Schwarzenegger) slices off the soldier's arm with the machete as well as Bennett's death to remove a shot of the pipe in his chest and the tracking shot of it sticking from his body. The 2001 UK DVD release retained these cuts and also added a further 44 seconds of distributor cuts; this was because the DVD master used for the UK release was a censored German/Scandinavian version. All cuts were fully waived in 2007 by the BBFC (although it was not released until 2015). The heavily edited 2001 UK DVD version, with a total of 56 seconds removed, was also used as the master for the initial Australian DVD release. In this version additional edits include, but are not limited to:
  • In the opening scene, after Cooke (Bill Duke) has initially shot the man in the robe, he walks over to the body and shoots him again. These second hits have been removed.
  • When Matrix breaks Henriques' (Charles Meshack) neck on the plane, he simply elbows him, and in the next shot, Henrqiues is already dead. The shot of Matrix snapping Henriques neck is gone.
  • The shot of the piece of wood sticking through Cooke's stomach is absent.
  • All close ups of the pole in Bennett's (Vernon Wells) stomach are gone.
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Soundtracks

WE FIGHT FOR LOVE
Music by Andy Taylor
Lyrics by Michael Des Barres
Performed by Power Station
Produced by Bernard Edwards and Andy Taylor
Courtesy of Capitol-EMI Records
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One of my all-time favorite movies
15 January 2005 | by Chromium_5See all my reviews

This is by far one of the greatest movies of the century. I can't believe what an awesome movie it is. It has no morals, no lessons to teach, no political statements, no coherence, and no sense whatsoever. When Schwarzeneggar's beloved daughter is kidnapped by a psychotic dictator, he doesn't try to reason with the bad guys or take precautions like most action heroes would. He just goes bonkers and starts killing everyone in sight. The movie is packed with fantastic scenes such as Arnie crashing a car at about 80 mph, without a seatbelt, and being perfectly fine, Arnie tearing a phone booth out of a wall, Arnie punching a guy through a wall, etc. It's gloriously entertaining.

Also, despite his reputation for bad acting, he delivers all his lines with perfect comic timing ("Let off some steam, Bennett"). Bennett is also a great character, but no match for Arnold. You'd have to be completely devoid of personality to not find this at least slightly entertaining.

10/10 stars. Seriously.


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