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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Joseph DeSare Michael Joseph DeSare ... Major Tenny (as Michael Joseph De Sare)
Chick Vennera ... Roberto Santos
Michael Ironside ... Frank Bruce
Steve James ... Eastland
Eric Granger Eric Granger ... Secret Service
Thomas G. Waites ... Gill (as T. G. Waites)
Jay Patterson ... Dr. Dalton
Christopher Walken ... Robert McBain
Cris Aguilar Cris Aguilar ... Sing Lau (as Cristito 'Kris' Aguilar)
Protacio Dee Protacio Dee ... General Ho (as Protacio 'Tony' Dee)
Craig Judd Craig Judd ... Screaming P.O.W. (as Craig Walter Judd)
David Pegram David Pegram ... Armodo (as David Tamayo Pegram)
Dinah Dominguez Dinah Dominguez ... Rebel Hooker #1
Jedd Malgaso Jedd Malgaso ... Rebel Hooker #2
Joel Torre ... Chauffeur
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Santos attempts to lead a people's revolt in Colombia to overthrow the oppressive El Presidente. When his revolt fails and he is killed, his sister Christina goes to New York to find McBain, a lieutenant Santos rescued during the Vietnam War. McBain agrees to avenge Santos' death, calls up his old war buddies, raises the necessary funds by killing a few drug dealers and threatening the mafia, then leads an attack to topple the corrupt government. Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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Genres:

Action | Drama | War

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong war violence, and for language and drug use | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 September 1991 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

McBain - O Guerreiro Moderno See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$320,000, 22 September 1991, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$456,127
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo (4 channels)

Color:

Color (TVC)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The scenes shot all around New York City were in fact real locations such as the Drug House, The Hospital (where Dalton works), The Brooklyn Bridge (where McBain first meets Santos' sister) and the Hudson River (the fishing scene). Everything involving Colombia was shot entirely in the Phillippines. See more »

Goofs

General Epper wears the insignia of a General of the Army, a ceremonial rank which was last awarded to Omar Bradley prior to the Korean War. See more »

Quotes

President Flynn: You guys are fucking with the wrong President!
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Featured in Bad Movie Beatdown: The Specialist (2010) See more »

Soundtracks

Brothers in Arms
Written by Mark Knopfler
Sung by Ann Corfield
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Maria, my mighty heart is breaking… I'll be in the HumVee.
26 July 2009 | by CoventrySee all my reviews

Ah, McBain… The character name is immortalized and forever ridiculed by "The Simpsons" but it will also always – to me personally, at least – remain the name and title of a tremendously entertaining and outrageously violent early 90's action flick; directed by the cool dude who brought us "The Exterminator" and starring two of the most ultimately badass B-movie heroes Christopher Walken and Michael Ironside (the latter with a cute little macho ponytail). I guess "McBain" will largely have to be labeled as a guilty pleasure, because there's no way I can convince anyone this is an intellectual motion picture. The film is unimaginably preposterous (most action heroes take on a small gangster posse … McBain takes on an entire country) and yet takes itself way too seriously. The script is a non-stop and incoherent spitfire of clichéd situations, nonsensical twists, compulsory sentimental interludes, grotesquely staged action sequences and utterly implausible character drawings. It's a totally delirious movie; I loved it.

Vietnam POW McBain's life is saved by fellow soldier Roberto Santos on the very last day of the war. They each keep half a dollar note as a symbol that McBain is in Santos' debt. Eighteen years later, Santos is a spirited rebel leading the revolution against the corrupt president of his home country Columbia. Santos initial attempt to take over the power fails and he's publicly executed on El Presidente's balcony. His sister travels to New York with the dollar note and turns to McBain for financial assistance and manpower. McBain and his former Vietnam buddies, who all coincidentally happen to be fed up with the injustice in this world, charter themselves a miserable little plane and fly to Columbia to open a gigantic can of whoop-ass.

Okay, let's not fool each other here. The fact you're reading a user- comment on "McBain" already indicates that you have some sort of interest for low-budget B-movie action. One of my fellow reviewers spent quite some time composing a list containing all the main stupidities and insensible moments of "McBain". This list is totally accurate and I can only concur with it. Heck, I could even add some more senseless sequences to that list (like the preposterous and needless heroic self- sacrifice of a soldier who doesn't even have any affinity with the goal of the mission and the rest of McBain's squad), but what's the point? You definitely know not to expect a 100% coherent and plausible masterpiece. We know from beforehand this will be a silly and exaggeratedly flamboyant movie, and it's maybe even the exact reason why we want to check it out! This is a terrifically outrageous and exciting movie about a bunch of former Vietnam buddies turning into mercenaries and declaring war against the corrupt Columbian president and the national drug cartel. Please don't expect another "Apocalypse Now". This particular motion picture relies on the ruff 'n tuff acting performances of the macho leads, a whole lot of explosions and gunfights and – last but not least – a fantastic soundtrack in which Joan Baez sings a cover of "Brothers in Arms".


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