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Army of One (1993)

Joshua Tree (original title)
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A framed prison escapee unknowingly kidnaps a female cop en-route to a rendezvous with the corrupt cop who put him behind bars.

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Vic Armstrong
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Dolph Lundgren ... Wellman Anthony Santee
George Segal ... Lt. Franklin L. Severence
Kristian Alfonso ... Rita Marek
Geoffrey Lewis ... Sheriff Cepeda
Beau Starr ... Jack 'Rudy' Rudisill
Michelle Phillips ... Esther Severence
Matt Battaglia ... Michael Agnos
Bert Remsen ... Woody Engstrom
Michael Paul Chan ... Jimmy Shoeshine
Khandi Alexander ... Maralena Turner
Marcus Brown ... E.G. Turner
Nick Chinlund ... Deputy Tomay
Ken Foree ... Eddie Turner
Edward Stone Edward Stone ... Dectective Jordan
Rondi Reed ... Detective Chelsey
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Wellman Santee (Dolph Lundgren) a former race car driver, whose livelihood is transporting exotic stolen super cars, is involved, with his partner Eddie, in shoot out, resulting in the deaths of his friend and a highway cop. Santee is framed for the cop's murder and jailed in a maximum security prison. A few months later, Santee breaks out after narrowly escaping an attempt on his life. He reaches a local diner where he steals a car, abducts the owner, Rita and flees, completely unaware that is hostage is a deputy sheriff. A massive manhunt ensues, spearheaded by Lt. Severance a tough, obessive cop. Santee leads the detective and his men on a dramatic high speed chase, from the desert wilderness to the streets of downtown Los Angeles. Santee's out to clear his name and when it comes to getting even, he's taking revenge into overdrive... Written by anonymous

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

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 March 1993 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

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Runtime:

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo (4 channels)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

At the beginning of the movie we hear a female voice say "Unit 2-11 officer needs assistance..." over a police radio. Near the end of the film we can hear that same sentence said over another police radio but in a different voice. See more »

Goofs

You can see a crew members face in the reflection of the black sports car in the chase scene. See more »

Quotes

Rita Marrick: So what did you do? Your crime I mean. Something serious?
Wellman Anthony Santee: I turned away from Jesus.
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Alternate Versions

The unrated (and longer) version of 106 minutes was the one released in the French theaters in August 1993. See more »

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Routine star vehicle gets by with a good cast and top action
21 July 2015 | by Leofwine_dracaSee all my reviews

A predictable but exciting action vehicle for Lundgren, which plays more like a road movie than anything else. Although we've seen it all before, ARMY OF ONE offers up plenty of action from car chases in the desert (always a good thing) to a huge, John Woo-inspired shootout in a warehouse plus the expected fist-fights and more. All combine to make a satisfying, easy-viewing movie experience.

Lundgren here has one of his better roles and is actually required to act in some scenes, as well as being his usual hardman self. He's given good support by George Segal as the dastardly villain, Kristian Alfonso as a tough hostage he takes who also turns out to be a cop, Geoffrey Lewis as good-natured Sheriff, and the familiar Michael Paul Chan as a slimy, Chinese fellow villain. Horror fans may want to look out for DAWN OF THE DEAD's Ken Foree who is killed in the first scene but reappears throughout the movie.

Although things do take a while to get going, and it takes time to get to know (and like) the main characters, ARMY OF ONE has some excellent action towards the end. The aforementioned warehouse shootout is very violent and well-staged, and most impressive. The "speeding cars through the desert" scene is sufficiently exciting, and the expected showdown between Lundgren and the chief baddie at the end holds the attention. In all, a good time-waster, and one of Lundgren's better movies.


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