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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.


John McTiernan
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 3 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »



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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


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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


It came for the thrill of the hunt. It picked the wrong man to hunt. See more »


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Release Date:

12 June 1987 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Alien Hunter See more »

Filming Locations:

Jalisco, Mexico See more »


Box Office


$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$12,031,638, 14 June 1987, Wide Release

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$98,235,548, 31 December 1987
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

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



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Three of the main actors have run for Governor of their respective state: Arnold Schwarzenegger (California), Jesse Ventura (Minnesota) and Sonny Landham (Kentucky). Landham was the only unsuccessful campaign. See more »


(at around 20 mins) When Dutch takes the binoculars and slides down the hill, a vine gets caught on the right side of his gun belt. He drags the vine most of the way down, and when he reaches bottom you can see the vine hooked over the butt of his sidearm. See more »


[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

The Australian DVD release in February 2002 was sourced from the heavily censored German master. However, in November 2002, a 2-disc special edition was released with the film completely uncut. See more »


Featured in I Love the '80s Strikes Back: 1987 (2003) See more »


Performed by Little Richard
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One of the greatest kick-ass sci-fi action movies of all time my personal favorite number 1 action film
6 October 2018 | by rambofan4lifeSee all my reviews

Predator (1987) stars Arnold Schwarzenegger, Carl Weathers and it is directed by John McTiernan. Predator is one of the greatest action films of all time, it is my personal number 1 favorite Schwarzenegger movie in the sci-fi action genre. It is also my favorite action film of all time. This movie is a perfect 10 it is the finest action movie of all time! I grew up with the film it was my first "Predator" film I saw as a kid in the trilogy. We can say it is the best one in the franchise it is people's favorite movie in the trilogy. Major Alan "Dutch" Schaefer is my comic book hero this is my hero I grew up with it.

I agree it is still the best one today and I love, love, love, love this movie to death!!! It is the best of the best ever it has balls. There are so many explosives weapons and automatic weapons used in this movie and they are used well with thousands of bullets fired.

In the remote jungle of a Central American country team of soldiers lead by General Jim Hopper goes missing in the jungle of Central America. So Major Dutch Schaeffer (Arnold Schwarzenegger) and his elite group of commandos are called in a rescue mission for cabinet minister and his scantiest men who are out in a guerrilla stronghold held by their will.. Once commando team are there they start to investigate what happened to Jim Hopper and the rest of his team. When Major Dutch Schaeffer (Arnold Schwarzenegger) and his team go there they realize there are some secrets going on and Jim Hopper and his men are skinned alive. Something is rotten definitely. The hunters become the hunted when a highly intelligent, being slowly and methodically starts killing off members of Dutch's team.

When Predator come out Arnold Schwarzenegger was at top of his game, the guy couldn't miss. Every time he put an action movie people run in to the theaters to see it because he was large men and he looked like a real life superhero. The only actor who come close to him was Sylvester Stallone "Rambo" and he looked like 50 pounds less than Arnold Schwarzenegger. He done Commando before but Predator was really the movie that set him to super star. He carry's the movie like an leading A list actor.

Really cool about "Predator" is it is the mixed of genre it is not just an action movie it is also an science fiction movie, it is also a horror "slasher" movie. The first third act of the movie is where you get the action and Dutch's team go in to rescue mission, there are explosions real practical effects, guns blazing and you get M134 Minigun with Duke. When Dutch, Billy, Duke with Minigun and automatic weapons are shooting in the jungle on unseen creature you can see thousands of bullets fired in the movie real guns everything was done for real. Creature for Predator was designed by Stan Winston who was played by Kevin Peter Hall R.I.P. who is no longer with us anymore. The second third is where the horror elements kicks in, it is like a slasher flick. Predator starts picking off Dutch's team one by one off. The last third it is better than anything before it is men VS alien "the Predator" in this movie was a horrible villain. Predator is the most iconic villains in the history ever. He is so great that you actually feel for Arnold's character you feel Arnold might not be able to stand up to this guy.

Predator stars: Arnold Schwarzenegger Carl Weathers, Elpidia Carrillo, Bill Duke, Richard Chaves, Jesse Ventura, Sonny Landham , Shane Black, R. G. Armstrong , Kevin Peter Hall , Sven-Ole Thorsen they are all believable. Sonny Landham also started in 48 hrs. , Southern Comfort and Lock Up also passed away and it is no longer with us anymore.

I love the third act in this movie because Arnold Schwarzenegger doesn't use his mussels, he uses his wisdom to take down Predator he sets booby traps a long the way in the jungle and I love the part in where he figure is out, how too hide him self from Predator he falls in the water and he has to wipe a mud on him to cover him self and that scene is just so nail bidding and tension, it truly feels a horror movie on the end. Arnold's team every character in this movie has a persona on their own, they are all extremely interesting and way different from each other. I got to hand down that too the writers: Jim Thomas and John Thomas, they both did an amazing job flashing out each one of these characters. It is great sense of paranoia since they all start losing their minds each one of them gets picked off. Alan Silvestri made a wonderful music score for the film which I am listening every time on YouTube.

Predator come out the same year as RoboCop, The Running Man, A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: The Dream Warriors the 80's were the years for action movies. John McTiernan also later directed Die Hard another action movie that become famous and of the greatest action movies of all time with Predator. The movie is Rated R it is bloody and it feel at time like a slasher film. It was a box office success it made $98,235,548 that time of it is release.

Predator is one of the greatest sci-fi action horror slasher films of all time it is my favorite action film off all time.

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