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US distributor Miramax removed 15 minutes for the film's stateside direct-to-video release through their Dimension Films division (this is this shorter version that was also released theatrically in France). A lot of character-development scenes were cut to make the film more action-orientated. During the end credits, the studio also removed composer Stefano Mainetti's excellent score and replaced it with the dance/house song from the night club scene. See more »
The knob on the shifter in the van that Dolph drives changes color from black to red. See more »
The 89 minute US version omits a few key scenes. They are:
Michael and Alex visit Michael's mother's grave.
Michael and Alex stakeout Simone's place at night.
While Simone is in custody, Belgado tries to rape her, but Simone knees him in the groin.
The international version ends with Stefano Mainetti's score, while the US version ends with the dance-pop song from the club scene. Mainetti's score is also used more frequently in the US version.
It's really hard to believe that this movie was directed by the same person who directed FIRST BLOOD. I was expecting top-grade action, especially since Lundgren was the star, but the movie is a real bore. Oh, there are shootings, hand-to-hand combat, and chases, but all of this is presented to come across as just as unexciting as the rest of the movie. The script is (mostly) unsurprising, containing a major plot twist that you'll see coming from the first few minutes of the movie. (Though I admit the eventual plot turn concerning the female lead did give me a surprise.) Movie is also badly photographed, with muddy colors throughout. Lundgren tries, but is pretty overwhelmed, and the best performance turns out to be by John Ashton, playing Lundgren's buddy. Recommended only to die-hard (and very forgiving) Lundgren fans.
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