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Skeleton Coast (1988)

During the Angola Civil War, CIA agent Michael Smith is captured by the Communists, prompting a rescue mission organized by his father aided by hired mercenaries.

Director:

John 'Bud' Cardos

Writers:

Nadia Caillou (screenplay), Harry Alan Towers (story) (as Peter Welbeck)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ernest Borgnine ... Col. Bill Smith
Robert Vaughn ... Maj. Schneider
Oliver Reed ... Capt. David Simpson
Herbert Lom ... Elia
Simon Sabela Simon Sabela ... Sekassi
Daniel Greene ... Rick Weston
Leon Isaac Kennedy ... Chuck
Nancy Mulford ... Sam
Peter Kwong ... Tohsiro
Robin Townsend Robin Townsend ... Opal
Arnold Vosloo ... Blade
Tullio Moneta Tullio Moneta ... Armando
Larry Taylor ... Robbins
Jonathan Rands Jonathan Rands ... Michael Smith
Rudi De Jager Rudi De Jager ... Luit. Schmidt
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An elderly American soldier arrives in Angola, where he has organised an audacious mission to spring his son, an imprisoned CIA agent, out of a heavily fortified stronghold. Written by Jonathon Dabell <BC602070@pixie.ntu.ac.uk>

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It started with a kidnapping, it ended with a war.

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Klaus Kinski, Christopher Lee and Donald Pleasence were all considered for key roles. See more »

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Strange international actioner
5 May 2002 | by Wizard-8See all my reviews

One has to wonder why all these Hollywood actors signed up in 1987 to do a movie that was a co-production with South Africa. Even when you put that fact aside, what you still have here is a very strange production. For one thing, can anyone figure out why Oliver Reed's character is in this movie? He makes a couple of appearances, then bam! he's gone and never is seen again. Herbert Lom's character could also easily be written out as well.

Anyway, the movie overall is kind of talky and a little dull. Though there are some nice African locations, some decent action sequences, and Ernest Borgnine once again gives an entertaining performance. You get a little more out of him in this role because it gives you a rare chance to hear him swear (something Borgnine doesn't like to do in a movie), and you get to see him really ham it up when he disguises himself as a Cuban colonel (!) A movie to watch while you're reading a book.


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Country:

South Africa | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 April 1988 (West Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Namibia

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Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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