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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.


Vic Armstrong



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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


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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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

27 March 1993 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Army of One See more »

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Technical Specs


(heavily cut) | (unrated) (extended) | (cut) | (theatrical) (unrated) (extended)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo (4 channels)



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Roland Emmerich suggested composer Joel Goldsmith to Vic Armstrong after working with him on Moon 44 (1990). Armstrong and Emmerich worked together on Universal Soldier (1992) with Dolph Lundgren a year before this film. See more »


In the hotel scene where Rita is getting undressed for the shower, she takes off her panties, then her bra. When she takes off her bra, the camera moves down her back, you can clearly see she is still wearing panties. See more »


Wellman Anthony Santee: [after being beaten up by Rita] Where'd you learn that shit?
Rita Marrick: To protect myself.
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Alternate Versions

This film has at least (possibly more) two different endings. At end of the second hour, the versions differ from each other:
  • The original version has Santee shoot Rudy with the Uzi from the top of the ridge many times. Severence grabs Rita and tells him to give it up. Santee appears and says 'I'm here, Severence. Let her go!' before stumbling down the ridge. But Severence overpowers him and kicks him off the edge of a cliff by stomping on his bloodied hands. As Severance is about to kill Rita he and Santee fight over a revolver. Rudy is still alive and they both shoot him before Santee pulverizes Severence with his fists. Just as he is about to crush his head with a boulder Santee says 'This is for Eddie', which is followed by a brief black and white flashback. Severence says 'Go ahead, kid. I'd do it to you' before Santee is interrupted by the police. Severence is then arrested by Sheriff Cepeda who claims he has seen the CCTV footage of him murdering Deputy Agnos back at Jimmy Shoeshine's warehouse. There is a denouement in which Santee is back at his dads ranch and Rita is in her Police Uniform. He mentions the fate of Eddie's wife and E.G. before kissing Rita goodbye.
  • The other ending of the film has an extra fight scene between Santee, Severence and Rudy. Santee only shoots Rudy from the ridge once and Rudy is knocked out as he hits his head on a rock. Santee's descent from the ridge is shorter. His fight with Severence is the exact same but as he kicks Santee of the cliff his hand doesn't have as much blood on it as it did before. Immeadiatly after landing on a ledge Santee starts climbing back up the cliff. Severence teases Rita about killing her but is interrupted by Santee, who is then interrupted by Rudy holding an AK-47 to his head. Santee gives up and is beaten down by Rudy and Severence. Just as they are about to kill him Rita intervenes and claims that if they do, they'll never get the money he took from Jimmy Shoeshine. Even though the suitcase is hidden under a low railroad bridge elsewhere, Santee pretends it's hidden nearby. This gives him a chance to get the upper-hand over Severence and Rudy and bushwhacks them. All three of them fight but Severence is the first to run off as it's clear he's losing. Rita then beats him with a stick. Santee and Rudy are still fighting but he gets Rudy in a headlock. Rudy's last words before Santee breaks his neck are 'Eddie was just a nigger.' With Rudy dead Santee rushes back to Severence to stop him from hurting Rita. He pulverizes him and is about to finish him off with a boulder but there is no flashback and no mention of Eddie. The cops arrive and Severence is cuffed by Cepeda who makes no reference to seeing the CCTV footage. Santee is handcuffed right away and the films ends with no denouement or any loose ends tied up.
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Where's the multi disc DVD release?
22 September 2010 | by mish17See all my reviews

What do you get if you cross Dolph Lundgren with a red shirt and a red car? A pretty good movie.

What's the main problem with this movie? It's not available on DVD/Blu Ray.

Why? Your guess is as good as mine. A movie that I've only heard about through a friend, repeated rants about why it should be on DVD and how it's such a good film, I must admit, I had my doubts. But with everything being on DVD these days, it's shocking and a sin, that this isn't. When literally everything these days is available – whether it be dead cheap, or hideously expensive – from your TV movies adapted from books, to your endless TV shows, the question should be, where is Joshua Tree's release? Is it because it comes from the same name as a U2 song? (Hence the name change to Army Of One in places, which makes very little sense.) The rights to this movie are probably floating around somewhere, just waiting for someone to snap them out, and give this film the true release it deserves.

From the opening shots, it starts as an almost peaceful movie. It's mainly set in a baking hot desert, and it stars the very wonderful, genuine-straight-up-tough-guy Dolph Lundgren, as Santee. When he's not speaking, Dolph just steals the film, even just by standing there. He's just driving along, when suddenly, something happens, and he's arrested for the murder of a patrolman. But he didn't do it, and is being set up. He escapes, and grabs a hostage, supposedly for her car, but I suppose she has other attributes that Santee plans to make use of. Kristian Alfonso makes a stereotypical female hostage role her own, by not only giving as good as she gets, but actually providing a lot of chemistry with Dolph. The scene where they are handcuffed together and lying in bed, was so sizzling, that I would have needed a cold shower afterwards.

The only grumble I have with Joshua Tree (and it's a tiny one I promise, and you probably won't notice it) is the storyline. Is that the best storyline in the world ever? No. Is it the worst storyline in the world ever? No. But it's nothing that we haven't all seen before. But I do think the film would have been a lot worse, if it hadn't had the delight of Dolph's on-screen presence. I mean, this guy has faced up to his old nemesis in The Expendables recently, and there's another reason why this film should be released.

The action in Joshua Tree is simply incredible. There's one particular scene where Dolph kills all these Chinese guys, who seem to be never ending, and seem to double in numbers every time two of them get killed. And boy, do they get killed! (The actors also make great use of their very short screen time by overacting their death scenes – it does have to been seen.) There are quite a few well known faces in this, from George Segal to Matt Battaglia (has appeared in every TV show going it seems from Baywatch, to Sabrina The Teenage Witch, to Friends – Phoebe's boyfriend Vince in TOW Ross's Thing – if you don't recognise the face, you'll recognise the voice.) But the only ones you really pay attention to are Dolph & Kristian.

Now, if someone can just cough up the money (literally) for this film to be re-released at the cinemas, and then have a major blu ray/DVD release, with plenty of extras, it would make my friend and me, very happy. And it would get a whole lot of other fans. So … cough up!!!

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