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Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins (1985)

An officially "dead" cop is trained to become an extraordinary unique assassin in service of the US President.

Director:

Guy Hamilton

Writers:

Richard Sapir (novel), Warren Murphy (novel) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Fred Ward ... Remo Williams
Joel Grey ... Chiun
Wilford Brimley ... Harold Smith
J.A. Preston ... Conn MacCleary
George Coe ... Gen. Scott Watson
Charles Cioffi ... George Grove
Kate Mulgrew ... Maj. Rayner Fleming
Patrick Kilpatrick ... Stone
Michael Pataki ... Jim Wilson
Davenia McFadden Davenia McFadden ... N.Y. Traffic Control Cop
Cosie Costa Cosie Costa ... Pvt. Damico
J.P. Romano J.P. Romano ... Boomer #1
Joel Kramer ... Boomer #2 (as Joel J. Kramer)
Frank Ferrara ... Boomer #3
Marv Albert ... Sports Announcer (voice)
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Storyline

An NYPD cop is 'killed' in an accident. The death is faked, and he is inducted into the organization CURE, dedicated to preserving the constitution by working outside of it. Remo is to become the enforcement wing (assassin) of CURE, and learns an ancient Korean martial art from Chiun, the Master of Sinanju. Based on the popular pulp series "The Destroyer," by Richard Sapir and Warren Murphy. Written by Ed Sutton <esutton@mindspring.com>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Look Out! He's Unarmed and Dangerous! See more »


Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Official Sites:

MGM

Country:

USA | Mexico

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 October 1985 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Remo: The Adventure Begins... See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$14,393,902, 31 December 1985
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The producers were hoping to create a James Bond-style franchise by adapting "The Destroyer" novels by Warren Murphy and Richard Sapir, and therefore hired Bond screenwriter Christopher Wood to pen the script. Bond director Guy Hamilton was hired to direct. Remo was considered a "blue-collar James Bond". See more »

Goofs

During the fight on Liberty Island, we see Remo slide down a pole to the scaffolding even with Lady Liberty's face. Trying to evade the thugs, he jumps down another level. He then jumps to a rope and swings to the torch, which happens to be 50 feet above where he was. See more »

Quotes

New York City traffic control cop: [Remo is choking Stone] Excuse me! What are you doin' to that boy?
Remo Williams: Oh, uh, unnecessary use of the horn, Officer.
New York City traffic control cop: Well, it'll be unnecessary use of my nightstick on your thick skull if you don't let him go!
Remo Williams: Whatever happened to police courtesy and that kind of stuff, huh?
New York City traffic control cop: We save that bullshit for the Upper East Side.
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Alternate Versions

UK cinema and video versions were cut by 35 secs by the BBFC with edits to kicks and blows during the opening fight scene. The cuts are restored in the MGM DVD release. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Asylum (2014) See more »

Soundtracks

Remo's Theme (What If)
Performed by Tommy Shaw
Written by Tommy Shaw and Richie Cannata
Courtesy of A&M Records, Inc.
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An 80's adventure classic
15 July 2003 | by chvylvr80See all my reviews

I can't believe that I just got around to reviewing Remo Williams. This is again one of those movies that I have been watching forever and this movie deserves repeated viewing. It is a typical corny 80's action flick and it is not mind-blowing in terms of action or special effects but it is a great ride all the same. Fred Ward turns in a great performance as Remo. I've always liked Fred Ward and he's a good underrated character actor. The supporting cast mainly just fills in the blanks but they are all competent actors. The soundtrack sets just the right mood and Joel Grey deserves special praise in the portrayal of Chiun. Chiun is the greatest and toughest character ever to be in any movie ever and Chiun could kick anyone's ass. Since Grey is white and Chiun is a stock Asian character if there ever was one it may bother some people, but I would tell those people just to get over themselves and enjoy the movie. The interplay between Remo and Chiun is funny and they have great chemistry. Bottom Line: This movie rules. I would go ahead and tell you to buy it on DVD but the powers that be have only made it available in full screen so what's the point of even having it on DVD. Damn them. Damn them to hell. Anyways, enjoy.


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