Hesitating in the moment he is about to kill the rebel leader, Nikolai fails and is captured. Rather than being killed outright, he is forced to undergo a shamanic initiation ritual. The ingestion of the poison of a local scorpion, and his initiation ceremony, including scarification (a scorpion), give him a new identity and role in the world -- the Red Scorpion.Written by
Many of the various poster artwork from around the world altered Dolph Lundgren's hairstyle so that it resembled the hairdo he had sported as Ivan Drago in Rocky IV (1985), despite him having a different more military hairstyle in the actual film. This was probably done to capitalize on the popularity of that character as Lundgren was once again playing a Russian soldier. Ironically, it is highly likely filmmakers had deliberately avoided this hairstyle so that the characters were not too similar looking in appearance, and thus eliminating a visual rehash of the Drago character. See more »
Ferguson leans out of the truck's passenger door and fires a pump action shotgun at the pursuing vehicles one of which instead being hit at the front blows up at the rear. See more »
[Menacing Nikolai with a grenade]
This is such a small space... and this is such a very big grenade!
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Sound effects of various weapons firing and exploding are heard over the Little Richard song the plays during the closing credits. See more »
The Dutch, German, UK, and US Blu-ray editions feature the 105 minutes uncut version in widescreen. See more »
1980ies saw various Cold War related films with titles beginning with Red: Red Dawn and Red Heat are most known, Red Scorpion has got somewhat less attention, but it is not bad at all. Many other action films contain much more clichés and Lundgren is less numb actor than e.g. Seagal, Dudikoff or Norris.
The only thing that really annoys me is letting Americans or Slavic emigrants to communicate in Russian - the result (= accent) is horrible, providing films undue undertones.
But still, both the script and Lundgren's performance have earned my 6 points; M. Emmet Walsh's part is even more catchy. Just forget the past black-and-white East-West collisions and enjoy it as a proper action film with constant (and at times complex) fight between good and evil, friendship and betrayal.
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