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Predator (1987)

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A team of commandos on a mission in a Central American jungle find themselves hunted by an extraterrestrial warrior.

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John McTiernan
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 3 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Arnold Schwarzenegger ... Dutch
Carl Weathers ... Dillon
Elpidia Carrillo ... Anna
Bill Duke ... Mac
Jesse Ventura ... Blain
Sonny Landham ... Billy
Richard Chaves ... Poncho
R.G. Armstrong ... General Phillips
Shane Black ... Hawkins
Kevin Peter Hall ... The Predator / Helicopter Pilot
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Storyline

A team of special force ops, led by a tough but fair soldier, Major "Dutch" Schaefer, are ordered to assist CIA man, Colonel Al Dillon, on a rescue mission for potential survivors of a Helicopter downed over remote South American jungle. Not long after they land, Dutch and his team discover that they have been sent in under false pretenses. This deception turns out to be the least of their worries though, when they find themselves being methodically hunted by something not of this world. Written by Laygz

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We cannot see it, but it sees the heat of our bodys and the heat of our fear See more »


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R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Official Sites:

Official Facebook | Official site

Country:

USA | Mexico

Language:

English | Spanish | Russian

Release Date:

12 June 1987 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Alien Hunter See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$12,031,638, 14 June 1987

Gross USA:

$59,735,548

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$98,399,056
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Sound Mix:

70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints)| Dolby Stereo (35 mm prints) (4 channels)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The mandibles of the Predator were the idea of James Cameron. See more »

Goofs

Dutch and his men are shown to be US military special forces operators. As such, they are lawfully bound to follow any legal order given to them by a superior officer. That means that they do not get to "pick and choose" which missions they will undertake and those that they won't. The entire discussion between Dutch and Dillion later about how Dillion "tricked" Dutch and his men is irrelevant as their job is simply to follow the orders that they have been given. It also makes the General and Dillion seem to be incompetent as not truthfully revealing the nature and scope of the mission Dutch and his men risked failing to achieve the objectives required. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Major General Phillips: You're looking good, Dutch.
Dutch: It's been a long time, General.
Major General Phillips: Come on inside.
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Crazy Credits

All the 7 main cast members re-appear in ascending order as their names are displayed to give a smile to the audience in appreciation. See more »

Alternate Versions

A limited edition DVD collector's box set of Predator including both Predator movies was released in the UK in June 2001. For this UK DVD releases, Fox used the same master as the heavily censored German version. Ironically, it was released uncut in Germany. The scene where Dutch throws a knife at the soldier and saying "Stick around" was removed. The scene where Dillon loses his arm was shortened. However, the UK video is completely uncut. See more »

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Soundtracks

LONG TALL SALLY
Performed by Little Richard
Written by Little Richard (as R. Penniman), Enotris Johnson (as E. Johnson) and Robert 'Bumps' Blackwell (as R. Blackwell)
Courtesy of Specialty Records
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Sci-fi classic
3 December 2004 | by megagurkaSee all my reviews

One of the classic sci-fi movies and one of the most entertaining action movies ever made. Certainly one of the best Arnold movies, along with Terminator 1 and 2. Mix a simple but effective story, one cool alien, well directed action scenes, Arnold kicking ass and you get an top notch action movie. Sure, there are some exaggerated macho performances, but John knows how to do it with style.

So if you're a young (but not too young) movie viewer who haven't yet seen Predator, be sure to do so to get a sample of action 80's style with Arnold at his peak.

Rating: 8/10


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