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

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John Matrix
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Cindy
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Arius
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Bennett
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Major General Franklin Kirby
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Sully
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Jenny Matrix
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Cooke
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Lawson
Sharon Wyatt ...
Leslie
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Forrestal
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Jackson
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Harris (as Mike Adams)
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Diaz (as Carlos Cervantes)
Lenny Juliano ...
Soldier
Charles Meshack ...
Henriques
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Western Flight Attendant
Julie Hayek ...
Western Flight Attendant
Hank Calia ...
Latin Man
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Cates
Greg Wayne Elam ...
Biggs (as Gregory W. Elam)
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Mall Security Guard
Phil Adams ...
Officer in Galleria
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Girl in Bed at Motel
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Boy in Bed at Motel
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Vega
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Fred
Peter DuPont ...
Daryl
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Kirby's Driver
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Intercept Officer
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Intercept Officer (as Richard Royce)
John Reyes ...
Val Verde Heavy
Billy Cardenas ...
Val Verde Heavy
Eddie Reyes ...
Val Verde Heavy (as Edward Reyes)
Vivian Daily ...
Woman Officer
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Young Guerrilla
Ronald C. McCarty ...
Guerrilla
Jim Painter ...
Police Officer
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Man Arius (uncredited)
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Guerrilla Guarding Plane (uncredited)
Rick Sawaya ...
Island Guerrilla (uncredited)
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Officer in Mall (uncredited)

Directed by

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Mark L. Lester

Written by

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Jeph Loeb ... (story) (as Joseph Loeb III) &
Matthew Weisman ... (story) and
Steven E. de Souza ... (story)
 
Steven E. de Souza ... (screenplay)

Produced by

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Stephanie Brody ... co-associate producer
Robert Kosberg ... co-associate producer
Jeph Loeb ... associate producer (as Joseph Loeb III)
Joel Silver ... producer
Matthew Weisman ... associate producer

Music by

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James Horner

Cinematography by

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Matthew F. Leonetti

Film Editing by

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Glenn Farr
Mark Goldblatt
John F. Link

Editorial Department

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Paul Anderson ... assistant film editor
Carrie Ellison ... assistant film editor
Joseph Guresky ... assistant film editor
Jack Hooper ... negative cutter
David Jansen ... apprentice film editor
Jim Schurmann ... head color timer
Howard Kunin ... supervising editor (uncredited)

Casting By

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Jackie Burch

Production Design by

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John Vallone

Set Decoration by

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Robert Gould

Makeup Department

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Joe McKinney ... makeup artist
William Turner ... makeup artist
Joy Zapata ... hair stylist

Production Management

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Larry Kostroff ... unit production manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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K.C. Colwell ... second assistant director
Bennie E. Dobbins ... second unit director
Karen Gaviola ... dga trainee
Beau Marks ... first assistant director (as Beau E.L. Marks)
Brad Yacobian ... additional second assistant director

Art Department

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Craig Baron ... set dresser
William D. Derham ... lead man
Bruce Di Valerio ... propmaker foreman (as Bruce DiValerio)
Cal DiValerio ... construction coordinator
Ron Esposito ... construction painter
Douglas Forsmith ... set dresser
Jaymes Hinkle ... production painter
Nikita Knatz ... production illustrator
Mark Lapotsky ... greensman
Douglas E. Madison ... property master (as Doug Madison)
Daniel Maltese ... set designer (as Dan Maltese)
David Q. Quick ... assistant property master (as David Quick)
John M. Schenk ... assistant property master (as John Schenk)
Tom Shaw Jr. ... assistant property master
William Boyd ... construction foreman (uncredited)

Sound Department

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Don J. Bassman ... re-recording mixer (as Don Bassman)
Gary Bolger ... foley recordist
Fred J. Brown ... special sound effects (as Frederick J. Brown)
Kevin E. Carpenter ... adr mixer (as Kevin Carpenter)
Kevin F. Cleary ... re-recording mixer
Richard Corwin ... sound editor
Evelyn Dutton ... foley artist
Jim Fitzpatrick ... stereo sound consultant: Dolby
Gail Ganley ... foley artist (as Gail Ganley Steele)
William Hartman ... sound editor
Craig Heath ... sound recordist
Pieter Hubbard ... sound editor
David M. Ice ... sound editor (as David Ice)
Brent Johnson ... cable person
Donald F. Johnson ... production sound mixer (as Don Johnson)
Michael O'Corrigan ... sound editor (as Michael Corrigan)
Margie O'Malley ... foley artist (as Margie Denecke)
Richard Overton ... re-recording mixer
Glad Pickering ... adr editor
Michelle Pleis ... assistant sound effects editor
Hank Salerno ... supervising adr editor
Ronald Sinclair ... adr editor (as Ron Sinclair)
Jules Strasser ... boom operator
Tim Webb ... sound re-recordist
Vic Zaslav ... adr recordist

Special Effects by

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Doug Hubbard ... special effects
Gary L. King ... special effects (as Gary King)
Jay King ... special effects
Roger Lifsey ... special effects
Bill Mattox ... special effects
Henry Millar ... special effects coordinator
Mike Millar ... special effects
John Peyser ... special effects
Rick Thompson ... special effects (as Richard Thompson)
Robert W. King ... special effects foreman (uncredited)

Visual Effects by

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Jim Danforth ... matte artist (uncredited) / matte photographer (uncredited)
Alan G. Markowitz ... visual effects supervisor (uncredited)

Stunts

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Michael Adams ... stunts
Bruce Paul Barbour ... stunts
Simone Boisseree ... stunts
May Boss ... stunts (as May R. Boss)
Jophery C. Brown ... stunts (as Jophery Brown)
Tony Brubaker ... stunts
Jerry Brutsche ... stunts
Richard E. Butler ... stunts
Roger Callard ... stunts
Carl Ciarfalio ... stunts
Justin De Rosa ... stunts
Vince Deadrick Sr. ... stunts
Leon Delaney ... stunts
Nick Dimitri ... stunts
Bennie E. Dobbins ... stunt coordinator / stunts
Richard L. Duran ... stunts
Stephanie Epper ... stunts
Diamond Farnsworth ... stunts
George Fisher ... stunts
Buddy Gilyard ... stunts
Sandra Lee Gimpel ... stunts (as Sandra Gimpel)
Bob Harris ... stunts
Johnny Hock ... stunts (as John Hock)
Larry Holt ... stunts
Jeff Jensen ... stunts
Mike Johnson ... stunts (as John M. Johnson)
Harold Jones ... stunts
Steve Kelso ... stunts
Kimberly King ... stunts
Joel Kramer ... stunts
William T. Lane ... stunts
Lane Leavitt ... stunts
David LeBell ... stunts
Gary McLarty ... stunts
Tom Morga ... stunts
Jeff O'Haco ... stunts
Jeff Ramsey ... stunts
Larry Randles ... stunts
Mario Roberts ... stunts
Ronnie Rondell Jr. ... stunts (as Ronnie Rondell)
Thomas Rosales Jr. ... stunts
Rick Sawaya ... stunts (as Rick Sawya)
Ben Scott ... stunts
John Sherrod ... stunts
Tony Snegoff ... stunts
Frank James Sparks ... stunts (as Frank J. Sparks)
Ceci Vendrell ... stunts
Michael M. Vendrell ... stunts
Greg Walker ... stunts
Rock A. Walker ... stunts (as Rock Walker)
Dick Warlock ... stunts (as Richard Warlock)
Jerry Wills ... stunts
Bob Yerkes ... stunts (as Brayton W. Yerkes)
Peter Kent ... stunt double: Arnold Schwarzenegger (uncredited)
Joel Kramer ... stunt double: Arnold Schwarzenegger (uncredited)
Spiro Razatos ... stunts (uncredited)

Camera and Electrical Department

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Mark Averill ... dolly grip
Lloyd Barcroft ... best boy
Douglas E. Beal ... second assistant camera (as Doug Beal)
Pat Blymyer ... best boy (as Patrick Blymyer)
John Donnelly ... second company grip
Bob Ellis ... best boy electric
Robert Fiore ... lamp operator
John R. Leonetti ... first assistant camera
John J. Linder ... key grip (as John Linder)
Bruce McBroom ... still photographer
Tony Rivetti ... first assistant camera: "b" camera
Michael St. Hilaire ... camera operator
Edward R. Thompson Jr. ... best boy electric (as Ed Thompson)
Frank Tobin ... lamp operator
Joseph F. Valentine ... Steadicam operator (as Joe Valentine) / camera operator: "b" camera (as Joe Valentine)
Dave Wachtman ... dolly grip (as David Wachtman)
Ryne Niner ... camera technician (uncredited)

Casting Department

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David Gonzales ... casting associate
Jim Green ... extras casting
Carl Joy ... extras casting
Billy DaMota ... casting assistant (uncredited)

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Kathie Gale ... costumer: women
Enid Harris ... costumer
Robert B. Harris ... costume supervisor (as Bob Harris)
Louis Infante ... costumer: men (as Lou Infante)

Location Management

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Robert C. Decker ... location manager (as Robert Decker)
John Panzarella ... location manager
George Parra ... apprentice location manager
Cliff Taylor ... apprentice location manager

Music Department

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Michael Boddicker ... musician: synthesizer
Thomas A. Carlson ... assistant music editor (as Tom Carlson)
Raechel Donahue ... vocal effects advisor
Danny Goldberg ... special music consultant
Jay Gruska ... music producer
James Horner ... music producer
Greig McRitchie ... orchestrator
Ken Runyon ... music editor
Dan Wallin ... music scoring mixer
James Horner ... conductor (uncredited)

Transportation Department

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Whitey Ellison ... transportation coordinator
Wayne Morris ... transportation captain
Ken Bellanca ... driver (uncredited)
Duke Busby ... driver (uncredited)
John Hood ... driver (uncredited)
Cary Kelley ... driver (uncredited)
James Nordberg ... transportation (uncredited)
Joe Ranzl ... driver (uncredited)
Julio Salazar ... driver (uncredited)
Robert Sweet ... driver (uncredited)
Joe Tremblay ... driver (uncredited)
Mike Wacker ... driver (uncredited)

Other crew

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Anthony Blake Brand ... production assistant
Dennis Chase ... craft service
John Gamble ... helicopter pilot
Debbie Gaudio ... assistant auditor
Larry Hand ... production accountant
Paul Hibler ... caterer
Fred Inman ... police coordinator
Herb Johnson ... pilot: Grumman Goose
Howard Keys ... first aid
Anita Lerner ... assistant: Arnold Schwarzenegger
Richard Liebegott ... production coordinator
Andrew Lipschultz ... publicity coordinator
Peter McKernan Sr. ... helicopter pilot
Peter McKernan ... helicopter pilot (as Peter McKernan Jr.)
Steve McNichols ... production assistant
Lisa Meechan ... production secretary
Leslie Paonessa ... assistant: Mark Lester
Ross Reynolds ... helicopter pilot
Ron Rotholz ... assistant: Joel Silver
Arlene Singer-Gross ... teacher (as Arlene Singer)
Charles A. Tamburro ... helicopter pilot (as Charles A. Tamburo)
Michael Tamburro ... helicopter pilot (as Michael E. Tamburo)
Mary Thomas ... assistant: Joel Silver (as Mary C. Thomas)
Elaine K. Thompson ... production associate
Marion Tumen ... script supervisor
Michael M. Vendrell ... martial arts specialist
Tyler Atkinson ... digital distribution (uncredited)
Al Cerullo ... helicopter pilot (uncredited)
Jack Crain ... knife design/manufacturer (uncredited)
Jason Gant ... military consultant (uncredited)
Charles A. Tamburro ... aerial coordinator (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

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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Taglines If there's a mission that no man could survive...then *he's* the man for the job. See more »
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Also Known As
  • Das Phantom Kommando (Germany)
  • Phantom Kommando (Germany)
  • Comando (Mexico)
  • Komandos (Serbia)
  • Comando (Portugal)
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Runtime
  • 90 min
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Box Office

Budget $10,000,000 (estimated)
Opening Weekend United States $7,700,015, 06 Oct 1985
Cumulative Worldwide Gross $22,391,000

Did You Know?

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Trivia In 1986, a sequel was written by Steven E. de Souza, and revised by Frank Darabont, with an eye to having John McTiernan direct. The script was based on the book 'Nothing Lasts Forever' (1979) by Roderick Thorp, but Schwarzenegger wasn't interested in reprising the role. The script was then reworked with a new central character, eventually played by Bruce Willis, and became Die Hard (1988). The plot of the abandoned sequel would had seen Matrix being hired by a big corporation to oversee their security to protect their executives from being kidnapped, stop people breaking into their building and to make sure their computers are secure. Matrix sets it up and hires the most dangerous people to be guards in the building and discovers the people he's working for are in the illegal arms business and the big corporation is a simply a front. The end of the movie would see Jenny and Cindy, who is now a lawyer, trapped in the building and Matrix now has to defeat all the people he hired - all the meanest, toughest guards - as well as the security systems and guard dogs See more »
Goofs When Matrix enters the shopping mall, it's daylight. When he leaves only a few minutes later, it's dark outside. See more »
Movie Connections Edited into The Making of 'True Lies' (1994). See more »
Soundtracks WE FIGHT FOR LOVE See more »
Quotes Sully: Here, have some beers in Val Verde, Matrix. It'll give everyone a little more time with your daughter.
[Henriques laughs]
Matrix: You're a funny guy Sully, I like you. That's why I'm going to kill you last.
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