An ex-Navy Seal turned cook is the only person who can stop a group of terrorists when they seize control of a U.S. battleship.

Director:

Andrew Davis

Writer:

J.F. Lawton
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Steven Seagal ... Casey Ryback
Damian Chapa ... Tackman
Troy Evans ... Granger
David McKnight ... Flicker
Lee Hinton Lee Hinton ... Cue Ball
Patrick O'Neal ... Captain Adams
Gary Busey ... Commander Krill
Glenn Morshower ... Ensign Taylor
Leo Alexander Leo Alexander ... Lt. Smart
John Rottger John Rottger ... Commander Green
Brad Rea Brad Rea ... Marine Guard
Michael Welden Michael Welden ... Lt. Ballard
Bernie Casey ... Commander Harris
Rickey Pierre Rickey Pierre ... Kitchen Helper
Raymond Cruz ... Ramirez
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Storyline

The battleship Missouri is about to be decomissioned. Casey Ryback is Captain Adam's personal cook. And Ryback is always butting heads with the ship's XO Commander Krill but the Captain always intercedes. One day, after the President visits the Missouri, which is also the Captain's birthday, the Captain learns that a helicopter has been cleared to land on the ship by Commander Krill, which he was not informed of. When questioned Krill tells the Captain that it's a surprise for his birthday, the Captain then allows it. Later after another one of their scuffles, Krill has Ryback locked in the freezer. During the party, the rock band reveals themselves to be mercenaries, led by William Stranix, a CIA operative, who is in league with Krill to unload all of the ship's nuclear warheads. They lock up all of the crew and make preparations to remove the warheads. And Krill remembers Ryback, Stranix sends two of his men to take care of Ryback, only thing is that Ryback took care of them. Upon ... Written by <rcs0411@yahoo.com>

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In 1992 a battleship's been sabotaged by nuclear pirates out to steal its warheads. Now, surrounded by terrorists, a lone man stands with a deadly plan of attack. See more »

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Action | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong violence, and for language and brief nudity | See all certifications »

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The events in the movie take place in mid-to-late December 1991. The opening scenes mention that the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor had taken place fifty years earlier on December 7, 1941. In addition, President George Bush's real-life order to remove nuclear missiles from U.S. Navy surface ships was issued in 1991. See more »

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When Capt. Adams is killed his body is left sitting in a chair. When Ryback later finds his body, it's now on the floor. See more »

Quotes

Doumer: You're incredible, Ryback. It's a shame you're not cooking for *us*.
[Jordan shoots Doumer in the back]
Casey Ryback: [to Jordan] Next thing I know, you'll be dating musicians.
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Crazy Credits

At the close of the credits: USS Missouri BB63 was decommissioned March 31, 1992 and is now moored at Bremerton Naval Yard, awaiting her next call to service. See more »

Alternate Versions

German retail VHS and DVD were cut for violence to secure a "Not under 16" rating. Cuts include the man shoved on the bandsaw and the eye gouging in the final fight. This version was also broadcast on TV. Only in 2002 the uncut version was released on DVD (with a "Not under 18" rating). See more »

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Referenced in Honest Trailers: Die Hard (2015) See more »

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The Power
Written by Michael Münzing (as Benito Benitez), Luca Anzilotti (as John Garrett Ill) and Toni C.
Performed by Snap!
Courtesy of BMG Ariila Munchen, GmbH and Arista Records, Inc.
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Steven Seagal's best!!
22 June 2002 | by supertom-3See all my reviews

This is by far Seagals best film and his only one that you could truly call good. His others range from average to just plain awful, but this is a great action film. Its basically Dies Hard on a boat, but is one of the few successful Die Hard clones. Andrew Davis made this before The Fugitive, and his direction is tense and exciting, whats more he gets Seagals best performance which basically means he is slightly less wooden than usual.

The plot revolves around this Battleship which is being taken out of use. On its final run, coinciding with the captains birthday, the ship gets hi-jacked by terrorists who plan to use the nuclear weapons on board. Seagal a former Navy Seal, with more medals than a medal shop, is on board as the ships cook, as this is the only position he can occupy in the ship after he was involved in a military blunder previously. Seagal uses his skills to cause problems for the terrorists as he sets out to stop them, aided by Miss July 89 Jordan The played by the sexy and melon chested Erika Eleniak who is certainly there for her looks ahead of acting ability, she is however a cut above Seagal in the acting department.

The action in this is great, Seagals usual Aikido master class is on display as well as some good gun fights, and impressive stunts. Seagal has always had a bit of paunch but he looks a lot fitter than his recent films where he lumbers about, in his earlier films he actually seems in some sort of shape and actually looks tough.

Overall this is an entertaining film, Tommy Lee Jones and Gary Busey are in scene stealing form as the bad guys and Seagal is at the top of his game. 8/10


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France | USA

Language:

English | Italian

Release Date:

9 October 1992 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dreadnought See more »

Filming Locations:

Chicago Illinois, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$35,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$15,760,003, 12 October 1992

Gross USA:

$83,563,139

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$156,563,139
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Dolby Stereo (4 channels)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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