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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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Nothing like it has ever been on Earth before. It came from another planet for the thrill of the hunt. It picked the wrong man. See more »


Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

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Country:

USA | Mexico

Language:

English | Spanish | Russian

Release Date:

12 June 1987 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Alien Hunter See more »

Filming Locations:

Jalisco, Mexico 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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Technical Specs

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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

It is alleged that in the early '90s, the Department of Defense tested a form of camouflage that used millions of fibre-optic cables to "mirror" the opposite side of the object to be hidden. They got the idea from this movie and Predator 2 (1990). The first time that people see the Predator in his cloak, he is reaching for the foot of one of Arnold's guys who just got wasted. The idea behind the camouflage was not to appear invisible, but to replicate what is on the opposite side. In the Department of Defense's test footage, when you look at the person wearing the camo (fiber-optic sheet), he or she simply appeared like a heat wave. See more »

Goofs

When Dutch falls down the waterfall, it is clearly a stunt double. The person falling down the waterfall has more hair than Arnold Schwarzenegger did in the movie. 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

The Special edition also features three short outtakes: Anna picking up and holding a chameleon; a butterfly landing on the invisible predator's leg leaving an image of itself on it after flying away; and more footage of Dutch preparing himself before the battle with the predator 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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User Reviews

 
An excellent Schwarzenegger classic that still attracts viewers and keeps people thrilled
25 July 2005 | by TheUnknown837-1See all my reviews

Predator is definitely one of the best alien thrillers ever made. It is one of my personal favorite movies. When I first saw just a brief part of Predator when I was about five, I was freaked out and scared to even watch the movie for many ages, but eventually, once getting older, came to like it. The Predator, played by Kevin Peter Hall, is a very realistic and believable creature for the 1980s, when this movie was created. I like how humanlike its form is, and how un-humanlike it is at the same time. The creature's four mandibles were a great idea for its distinct facial characteristics and the creature's roar is awesome, one of the best ever produced. This movie stars Arnold Schwarzenegger, Carl Weathers, Bill Duke, Jesse Ventura, Richard Chaves, Elipidi Carillo, Shane Black, and Sonny Landham and they are all believable in their roles and even add to the humor that this movie has. This is obviously the best of the Predator movies and still one of the most highly liked thrillers today. And let's all show respect for Kevin Peter Hall, who died a year after he had made Predator 2.


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