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
The tank used in the final battle sequence is a soviet-made WWII-era T-34 with an 85mm canon. See more »
A machine gunner in the back of the truck sprays bullets across the windscreen of a jeep which is seen from a following armored car to swerve off a wide road but the next shot shows it straddling a narrow road and being hit by an armored car. See more »
Man, what I'd give for a bacon-cheeseburger right now. Wash it down with an icecold glass of beer. Fuckin' A.
When we arrive at Porto Silva, there will be a celebration, and much feasting. Beer too.
Do the americans all swear so much as you do?
As a matter of fact, in America, an american can swear whenever, wherever, however much he or she fuckin' well pleases! It's a little something we call freedom of speech, which I'm sure you russians aren't real familiar with!
We are free to swear.
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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 U.K. VHS, French VHS & Laserdisc, and the Japanese VHS, Laserdisc and DVD contain the "Uncut" version with the'Flamethrower' scene included. 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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