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American Eagle (1989)

R | | Action | 24 August 1989 (USA)
Twenty years ago, Vietnam turned three American boys into men, but amidst the horror, Johnny Burke cracked. When his friends, Max and Rudy, stop him from torturing an innocent Cambodian ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Asher Brauner Asher Brauner ... Max Shane
Robert F. Lyons ... Rudy Argente
Vernon Wells ... Johnny Burke
Kai Baker Kai Baker ... Angela Argente
Anthony Fridjhon Anthony Fridjhon ... Richard Assad
Ron Smerczak Ron Smerczak ... Edward Slovak
Robert Whitehead Robert Whitehead ... Detective Lambert
Joseph Ribeiro Joseph Ribeiro ... Manny (as Joe Ribeiro)
Diane Appleby Diane Appleby ... Lena
Ruben Nthodi Ruben Nthodi ... Arthur (as Reuben Nthodi)
Lawrence Ginsberg Lawrence Ginsberg ... Carmello
Drummond Marais Drummond Marais ... Spencer
Al Karaki Al Karaki ... Paco
Carrie Glyn Carrie Glyn ... Juliet
Michael Atkinson Michael Atkinson ... Silverhair


Twenty years ago, Vietnam turned three American boys into men, but amidst the horror, Johnny Burke cracked. When his friends, Max and Rudy, stop him from torturing an innocent Cambodian girl, he wheels on them and, aflame with hatred, vows vengeance. Written by sheba021

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The most dangerous mercenary in the world.




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USA | South Africa



Release Date:

24 August 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

American Eagle - Merchants of War II See more »

Filming Locations:

South Africa

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Sound Mix:

Ultra Stereo


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American Eagle
Sung by Lionel Peterson
Composed by Robert Schroeder, Roy Bulkin and Raleen Bagg
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"Soar like the eagle!"
10 December 2016 | by BezenbySee all my reviews

Max (I had to look up his name) is an ultra-macho, bacon smoking, vodka injecting, blonde-banging Vietnam vet who has a job of filling Johnny foreigner full of holes and filling them with America on behalf of that guy from the Jackie Chan film Who Am I. However, Max wants out because his missus isn't thinking it's a career with long term prospects. She heads off to the Ivory Coast to stay with her brother for while and of course gets herself kidnapped.

Her brother was Max's old buddy back in Nam so of course he jumps on the vengeance wagon too. The bad guy they are up against is Vernon Wells of Mad Max 2 and legendary pile of crap T-Force (first twenty minutes only). From then on out it's the usual late eighties action film tactics of bar fights, storming the bad guy's compound and being unusually lenient with certain bad guys.

Seriously, Max should have blown away double the guys he kills, but doesn't it. This one lay in my collection unwatched for years so that'll give you an idea of how essential it is. On the plus side it's enjoyable enough.

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