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Men of War (1994)

A former Special Ops soldier leads a group of mercenaries to an island in the South China Sea: their mission is obtain the rights to the unusual treasure that the island beholds.


Perry Lang


Stan Rogow (story), John Sayles (screenplay) | 2 more credits »


Cast overview, first billed only:
Dolph Lundgren ... Nick Gunar
Charlotte Lewis ... Loki
BD Wong ... Po
Tony Denison ... Jimmy G. (as Anthony John Denison)
Tim Guinee ... Ocker
Don Harvey ... Nolan
Tommy 'Tiny' Lister ... Blades (as Tiny 'Zeus' Lister)
Tom Wright ... Jamaal
Catherine Bell ... Grace Lashield
Trevor Goddard ... Keefer
Kevin Tighe ... Colonel Merrick
Thomas Gibson ... Warren
Perry Lang ... Lyle
Aldo Sambrell ... Goldmouth (as Aldo Sanbrell)
Juan Pedro Tudela Juan Pedro Tudela ... Waldo
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Nick Gunar (Dolph Lundgren) is a burnt-out, jaded and hard-up former mercenary who is having a difficult time adjusting to civilian life. At the end of his rope, he is hired by the Nitro Mine Corporation to strong-arm the natives of a South China Sea island into giving up their rights to its valuable mineral resources. Nick loathes the thought of another mission, but this seemingly easy job will earn him enough money to get back with his estranged family. He recruits some of his former mercenary buddies to help him with the job. The island people refuse to give up their land and Nick decides to help them fight the greedy corporation that hired him. The island and its people bring Nick back to life. He finally finds something worth fighting for and a place to call home. As greed and treachery begin to unravel, Nick's band of mercenaries choose sides. Some are with him and others, still working for the corporation, will stop at nothing to destroy him. Written by anonymous

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Warriors paid to fight, not to think. But that's about to change... See more »


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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Did You Know?


Some time after he finished working on Men of War, Dolph Lundgren was supposed to star in very dark and violent action thriller titled Meltdown, which was based on old John Carpenter script. He was gonna play Navy SEAL who has to fight against army of terrorists who take control over nuclear power plant and are planning on blowing it up and cause nuclear disaster. John Dahl was gonna direct the film in spring of 1994, but because of the many big problems that studio and producers found themselves in, which included lot of lawsuits and budget issues, Meltdown was cancelled from being made just days before filming was supposed to start, after around four years were spent on pre-production work, script re-writes and different directors being attached to the project, and in the end movie was never made. See more »


Jimmy G: [ironically] Got a real crackerjack team Colonel, uh?
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Alternate Versions

There are 3 different video-prints out in Germany. The 16 and 18-rated Versions were heavily cut (so is the TV-Version); only the Unrated Rental-Video is uncut. See more »


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Written by Nathaniel Pierre Jones and La Vette Goodman
Published by Nathaniel Pierre Jones and La Vette Goodman
Performed by D.J. Pierre and featuring La Vette Goodman
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an engrossing and surprisingly thought-provoking movie
18 February 2001 | by jamie-120See all my reviews

"What if they made a really good Dolph Lundgren movie and nobody came?"

Well, if they put it out directly to video, ... :-)

I saw "Men of War" on broadcast TV, so of course some of the nastier stuff was censored. Still, I think I got the idea. And it was a good idea! This movie continually impressed me with excellent dialogue, good character development, humor, and most of all a story that I actually cared about. Sure it was somewhat predictable, but there were some unexpected developments, mostly centering on the ability of the supporting cast -- and I mean way down the list to some of the bit parts -- to behave in ways not anticipated by the principals. This made for a rather unorthodox movie. I also really enjoyed the soundtrack; good music, well suited to each scene. Did I mention the dialogue? I did? Well, I'll mention it again, because usually that's the last thing I expect to like in a DL movie, but this one was smartly scripted.

My favorite character was Po, who was exceptionally well written and nicely played by BD Wong. It took all of about 15 seconds for me to like this guy; his intelligence and wit were quickly evident even through the language barrier. Actually, that's one thing that impressed me a lot: they managed to come up with broken English script that comes across as totally believable. If I were a mercenary in SE Asia, this is a lot like how I'd expect people might really talk to me.

I can't say this is a great movie; it has its shortcomings. The themes explored were already old hat by the time this film was made, and there is a strange schizophrenia to the film; it's half story-movie and half action-movie-with-big-hero-star-dude. But the strong points seem to carry it pretty easily, perhaps because the makers realized before/during production what we do when we see it, and compensated. For example, the film does visit certain cliches, but it doesn't dwell on them, expecting them to make a huge impression on the viewer. It's as though the makers realize that a given situation is old hat, and are almost apologetically including it simply out of necessity, then moving on to "what they REALLY wanted to show us". I think that shows respect for the intelligence of the audience, treating us as though we've actually seen a movie before -- imagine that!! -- and I appreciated it.

Since Lundgren is the "star" here, I guess I'll close by saying that he was very well used. The story is the real star, which is why this movie works so well. Lundgren has never been a top-notch actor, and isn't one here, but that's not important. This movie tells a story and it uses all of its assets, not just shoving big Dolph in our faces over and over again. When he says something, or does something, it's because it was his turn to do so. Really, I'm very impressed by how well this worked.

(BTW, lest you get the wrong impression, I actually like Dolph Lundgren, and have enjoyed some of his films, usually almost exclusively for the action. I just don't think he's Oscar material.)

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Release Date:

12 May 1995 (Spain) See more »

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Thailand See more »


Box Office


$8,600,000 (estimated)
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