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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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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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Soon the hunt will begin. See more »


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R | See all certifications »

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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, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$59,735,548

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$98,235,548, 31 December 1987
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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

Dutch was born on January 13th 1948 and is 39 in the film and Dillon was born on February 15th 1948 and is also 39 and is a month younger than Dutch. See more »

Goofs

In the first battle Dillon yells out "cover the center of the pavilion" but his lips don't move. 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

After its theatrical release the film was indexed in Germany by the BPjS (now BPjM) meaning serious business restrictions for the uncut version, such as no advertisement, no mail order and no display in showrooms accessible to minors (however, the movie may be sold in such showrooms if adult buyers specifically ask for it). Therefore the television version and the video version had some major cuts. Almost every violent scene was shortened, some scenes were completely removed (eg the scene where Dillons arm is 'removed'). The DVD was released uncut without a FSK rating but with a SPIO/JK approval. Only in 2010 the film was removed from the index and re-rated "Not under 16" by the FSK. See more »


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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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Ball busting Vietnam allegory McTiernan style delivers wholesale.
4 March 2008 | by SpikeopathSee all my reviews

I will start this by giving my ratings, yes plural because to me as a sci-fi/action film fan the film has few peers, it is 100% pure suspense testo explosive fun that along side John McTiernan's other action template Die Hard, stands the test of time to the point that it will be thrilling viewers long after we have left this earth. So with that I give it a personal rating of 10/10, it's faultless for my needs in a genre I indulge and lose myself in on a frequent roster. For any other movie fan aware of the genre's traits and peccadilloes without being a fan of sorts, then I rate the film easily at 7 or 8 out of 10, what's not to like here?

The film is without a shadow of a doubt another allegory of Vietnam, a crack unit of soldiers are stuck in a central American jungle being killed off by an invisible enemy, the soldiers are there after being lied to by the powers that be, tactics are paramount but the enemy that stalks them holds all the aces. This crack special rescue team are a testosterone fuelled band of beef, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Carl Weathers, Sonny Landham, Bill Duke & Jesse Ventura, these five alone have a combined muscle weight heavy enough to have sunk the Titanic, and McTiernan uses the beefcakes to the max in a series of joyous ball busting sequences.

The dialogue is sharp and funny with Schwarzenegger quipping his way thru the first reel, and the score from Alan Silvestri pumps the blood at just the right time, whilst the effects crew have done sterling work to bring this "hardest man in the world versus bad ass alien predator" to life, none more so than when viewing POV heat seeking infa-red shots as our deadly alien killer. The end throws up some interesting thoughts, that have for better or worse? Been fleshed out with further films involving the predator of the title, but one should judge this film as a single entry because it sits at the top of the tree as one of the best of it's kind; so truly this is a benchmark for the genre that will take some beating as far as I'm concerned.

Enjoy 10/10


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