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American Ninja 4: The Annihilation (1990)

R | | Action, Drama | 8 March 1991 (USA)
The two American Ninjas, Joe Armstrong and Sean Davidson, team up to do battle against a terrorist and his band of Ninjas.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Joe Armstrong
... Sean Davidson
... Mulgrew
Dwayne Alexandre ... Brackston
... Dr. Tamba
... Sarah
Frantz Dobrowsky ... O'Reilly (as Franz Dobrowsky)
Ron Smerczak ... Maksood
Kely McClung ... Super Ninja / Delta Force Team
Jody Abrahams ... Pango
Anthony Fridjhon ... Freddie / Treddle (as Anthony Fridjohn)
David Sherwood ... Gavin
Sean Kelly ... Norris
Jamie Bartlett ... Segal
... Delta Force Team


CIA agent Sean Davidson and his sidekick Carl are sent into the stronghold of sadistic British ex-soldier Mulgrew to rescue some Delta Force commandoes who have been captured and tortured. When Sean, Carl and pretty doctor Sarah run into some problems, Peace Corps vet Joe Armstrong is lured out of retirement to stop Mulgrew's plan to explode a nuclear device in New York City. Written by Marty McKee <mmckee@soltec.net>

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8 March 1991 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El guerrero americano 4  »

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$277,462, 10 March 1991, Limited Release

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Steve James, who played Sgt. Curtis Jackson in the first three entries in this series, is not in this one. See more »


When the Delta Force commando throws the grenade which explodes by the two ninjas, the explosion can be seen to be emanating from a black box generating flames, with the camera placement almost completely concealing it from view. See more »


Sean Davidson: This isn't a game, Gavin, those were ninja!
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Ninja against Ninja...
7 August 2006 | by See all my reviews

Michael Dudikoff returns as Joe Armstrong, the original American Ninja (Who doesn't even show up until half way) who is forced into single handedly rescuing a delta force team as well as the other American Ninja(David Bradley) after the ninjas provide too much even for him. American Ninja 4 walks the fine line between guilty pleasure and just plain bad. There are moments of sheer stupidity that you just can't help but love the antics. For example the movie asks us to believe that an Arab terrorist would have ninjas guarding him. Or that a gang of Mad Maxish rebels couldn't overthrow the Arab terrorist and his minions until the American Ninja (The one played by Dudikoff) arrived plus the bad guy's army actually takes the time to try and arrest what looks to be a thousand rebel soldiers armed with machine guns and axes. The most ridiculous moment arises when Dudikoff catches an arrow in his mouth which he then uses to stab a ninja in the neck with. (Take that James Bond!) American Ninja 4 does have slightly more life in it's fight sequences than American Ninja 3 but really American Ninja 4 is a sub-par effort in all respects as the action sequences while competent are filmed with lack of inspiration and imagination. Still the movie has just way too many unintentionally amusing moments which almost (but not quite) save the day. American Ninja 4 also becomes a laugh riot due to some of the dialog handled with astonishing straight faced seriousness. For example the Arab terrorist and his sidekick James Booth are excited about the nuke that fits in a briefcase, to which the Arab actually activates it and lets it tick down to 1 second which then has the biggest howl of the movie. "It fills me with ecstasy to know that I was one minute from meeting Allah!" However he never elaborates if he means the drug or happiness in general. When Dudikoff finally blitzes the Arab's stranglehold, the Arab runs to the helicopter which leads to another howler of dialog. "Where we headed?" "MECCA!" It was classic moments like this made me enjoy the cheese of this bad ninja movie. Also of note is that Dudikoff and Booth (The best thespians in the movie) give performances of such contempt that is also vaguely amusing. The disinterested performances are still better than any other performance in the film. My wife who is a good sport, sat through this with me and said the funniest remark. "How lame of a ninja do you have to be to wear a bright yellow ninja suit."

*1/2 out of 4-(Poor)

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