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Universal Soldier (1992)

R | | Action, Sci-Fi | 10 July 1992 (USA)
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Private Luc Deveraux and his sadistic sergeant, Andrew Scott, got killed in Vietnam. The army uses their bodies for a secret project - reanimating dead soldiers as deadly obedient cyborgs. However, their memories come back too.


Roland Emmerich


Richard Rothstein (story), Christopher Leitch (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jean-Claude Van Damme ... Luc Deveraux / GR44
Dolph Lundgren ... Andrew Scott / GR13
Ally Walker ... Veronica Roberts
Ed O'Ross ... Colonel Perry
Jerry Orbach ... Dr. Christopher Gregor
Leon Rippy ... Woodward
Tico Wells Tico Wells ... Garth
Ralf Moeller ... GR76 (as Ralph Moeller)
Robert Trebor ... Motel Owner
Gene Davis ... Lieutenant
Drew Snyder ... Charles
Tommy 'Tiny' Lister ... GR55 (as 'Tiny' Lister Jr.)
Simon Rhee ... GR61
Eric Norris ... GR86
Michael Winther Michael Winther ... Technician


An elite team of soldiers has been used against terrorists where they use astounding physical capabilities to overcome them. Victoria, a reporter, follows them and discovers a part of their secret. When one of the team kills her cameraman she tries to escape. Luc, one of the soldiers begins to have flashbacks and turns sides and helps her as the remainder of the team follows to protect their secrets. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Almost human...Almost perfect...Almost under control. See more »


Action | Sci-Fi

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

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Official Sites:

Studio Canal [France]





Release Date:

10 July 1992 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Crystal Knights See more »


Box Office


$23,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,057,084, 12 July 1992

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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Company Credits

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Technical Specs


| (heavily cut) (TV)

Sound Mix:

CDS (digital 35 mm prints)| Dolby Stereo (analog 35 mm prints) (4 channels)


Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The highly specialized load bearing equipment worn by the UniSols was custom made by Eagle Industries for the film, including the thigh holster for the Desert Eagle .357 magnum (which also held 2 extra magazines and a Cold Steel Magnum Tanto), the shoulder holster harness for the H&K MP5K sub-machine guns and the H&K P9S pistol, extra magazines and grenades. On the opposite thigh, the UniSols are carrying collapsible PR-24 batons. See more »


When Veronica backs up against the harvester, the way the blades bend makes it very clear that they are made of rubber. See more »


Scott: You're dead soldier...
Luc: No... I'm alive.
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Alternate Versions

The Australian theatrical release of the film was heavily cut to receive an M rating. Gone were the head-shots to Vietnamese villagers, Scott getting the knife in the gut by Luc, the diner fight was heavily trimmed, a scientist getting impaled on a needle, the supermarket shootout and Dolph's demise on the farm machinery. All of these cuts were restored for an R rated VHS release and later, an MA15+ rated DVD/Bluray release. See more »


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Van Damme Vs. Lundgren - the best one bad-ass sci-fi action film of all time one of my personal third favorite Van Damme flicks
29 November 2018 | by rambofan4lifeSee all my reviews

One of my personal favorite action sci-fi films of all time. Universal Soldier is my third favorite the best of Van Damme ever. I love this film to death, I love Jean-Claude Van Damme to death, I have no problems with this film. Hard Target, Cyborg and this one Universal Soldier for me are top 3 best favorite Van Damme films he ever did. I think this movie is great, awesome the best of the Universal Soldier films ever. Luc Deveraux / GR44 is one of Jean-Claude Van Damme's favorite characters. he ever played - his favorite role of mine. Dolph Lundgren is Sgt. Andrew Scott / GR13 in this movie he wear a necklace of human ears. They are both soldiers "Vietnam Vets" who served tour of duty in Vietnam, I love that.

Jean-Claude Van Damme and Dolph Lundgren as US combat troops who after being killed in action during the Vietnam War, are resurrected in present day as genetically-enhanced super soldiers.

Just like in Demolition Man Stallone Vs. Snipes, but in this movie it is Van Damme Vs. Lundgren in a bad-ass sci-fi action film. That is why these 2 action films I mentioned, I grew up with both of them. They are my personal favorite Sci-fi action films that I have grew up with those 2 films. There are reasons why this is my personal favorite action sci-fi flick. In 1997 I was 13 years old and I was hospitalized with pneumonia. There in a hospital I met some of the kids who become my friends and this movie become a major favorite subject. They told me about this movie that Van Damme did how great it is. We always talked about Van Damme and his movie Universal Soldier. Of course I haven't seen this film before, until my friends told me about it. The first time i see the film with excitement I was blown away how great it is. Jean-Claude Van Damme was our favorite subject and so was Jackie Chan. Universal Soldier was big part of me growing up my childhood that is why I love this movie so damn much.

I love Sylvester Stallone and Jean-Claude Van Damme to death, I grew up watching them. Sgt. Andrew Scott/GR13 (Dolph Lundgren) uses M60 machine gun during the motel shootout and also in the Prison Bus escape. Lundgren uses M60 machine gun just like Stallone did in First Blood, (that is why I love First Blood to death - it is my personal number 1 action film). Sgt. Andrew Scott is on John Rambo with a machine gun for me. I love the bus escape scene in which Sgt. Andrew Scott throws grenades on the bus and shoots the driver. Luc Deveraux (Jean Claude Van Damme) takes a Smith & Wesson Model 39 pistol from the deceased Prison Bus driver and uses the handgun to shoot GR74 (Ralf Moeller) in the UniSol truck after the UniSol truck rammed the Prison Bus and was pushing it into the Grand Canyon. You have a great explosion in the film real practical effects. When Van Damme breaks the wall you can see it is a stuntman, but it was done for real it was done practical not CGI.

The finale fight battle between Van Damme and Lundgren is one of the best fights in the film ever. I love Van Damme spinning kicks, flying kicks to Lundgren. I love the bond between Veronica Roberts and Luc Deveraux, I love how Veronica helped Van Damme finding his home back. I love the story in this movie in which these 2 soldiers kill each other in Vietnam and they are brought back to life 25 years later for a secret government program known as "UniSols"- Both of them are genetically enhanced, unstoppable killing machines without memorie. But when Devreaux's memory starts to return and he escapes the program, a superhuman chase across the country begins. I love the idea about men a woman been chased I love that so much in the film.

Roland Emmerich perfectly directed "Universal Soldier", he did a great job. This is my favorite Roland Emmerich movie with Independence Day and Godzila are my favorite Emmerich films. Ally Walker was a fine lady, she did a great job as the second lead role, I love the actress in this movie so much.

Universal Soldier is my third personal favorite Van Damme action film one of the best one and it is a fun sci-fi action film I grew up with it. - Highly recommend it for action fans.

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