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Hidden Assassin (1995)

The Shooter (original title)
A CIA agent gets caught up in political intrigue after he gets brought in to solve the murder of a Cuban ambassador.

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Ted Kotcheff

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Yves André Martin (story), Yves André Martin (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Dolph Lundgren ... Michael Dane
Maruschka Detmers ... Simone Rosset
Assumpta Serna ... Marta
Gavan O'Herlihy ... Dick Powell
John Ashton ... Alex Reed
Simón Andreu ... Alberto Torena (as Simon Andreu)
Pablo Scola ... Belgado
Petr Drozda Petr Drozda ... Marcus
Roslav Walter Roslav Walter ... Police Captain (as Miroslav Walter)
Michael Rogers Michael Rogers ... Henchman #1
Pavel Vokoun Pavel Vokoun ... Henchman #2
Martin Hub Martin Hub ... Henchman #3
Jana Altmanová Jana Altmanová ... Screaming Woman (as Jana Altmanova)
Jiri Kraus Jiri Kraus ... Cab Driver
Guilio Kukurugya Guilio Kukurugya ... Cuban Ambassador (as Giulio Kukurugya)
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Storyline

The Ambassador of Cuba was killed in New York. To prevent another attack of the terrorists at the US-Cuba-summit in Prague the CIA sends one of their best federal agents, Michael Dane (Dolph Lundgren). The suspected killer Nikita is a lesbian club owner, Simone Rosset. But as usual everything is much more complicated than it seemed at first; and therefore Dane has to work much more with his brain than with his muscles to survive. Written by Volker Boehm

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Taglines:

Seduction is a deadly weapon!

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Action | Drama | Crime

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong violence, language and brief nudity | See all certifications »
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Country:

Czech Republic | UK | France | Spain | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 December 1995 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Hidden Assassin See more »

Filming Locations:

Prague, Czech Republic See more »

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Budget:

$7,000,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Released theatrically in Europe (except Germany) and Egypt (among others). See more »

Goofs

The knob on the shifter in the van that Dolph drives changes color from black to red. See more »

Alternate Versions

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.
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Referenced in Nulle part ailleurs: Episode dated 15 May 1994 (1994) See more »

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THIS TIME
Performed by Michelle Sweeney
Courtesy of Big Beat Records, Inc. / Atlantic Recording Corp.
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An above average crime thriller.
5 June 2002 | by supertom-3See all my reviews

As a Dolph Lundgren fan this film goes down as one of my prefered viewings. I do like a good thriller, with some plot twists and tension. This film has those but to a mild degree, your not going to get really excited at this compared to something like Mission Impoosble with its high production and A-list cast but for a B-movie this is a good film that is surprising in places and reasonably well written.

Dolph plays Michael Dane, who is working with the FBI to try to capture a known assasin played by the sexy Maruschka Detmers. Dane does not beleive she killed the Cuban Ambassador, but he still has to bring her into custody in the build up to a summit between the US and Cuba to try to get the two country's to shake and make up if you like. The plot at times raises questions that many action thrillers do, for instance why are they doing that? one particular example is the inclusion of Dolphs character, he is flown in from New York to Prague simply to arrest this Woman, why on Earth she wasn't brought in before is beyond me, especially considering that her whereabouts were known. A lot doesn't make sense but those minor quibbles aside, the film is nicely paced and is enjoyable.

The acting is good, Dolph is assured and puts in one of his better performances, he has great chemistry with the excellent Maruschka who in turn also shows great chemistry with Assumpta Serna who plays Marta the possible lover of Simone. That is another mystery of the film, the sexual preference of Simone (Detmers) this does kind of undermine the development of a relationship between Dolph and Maruschkas characters. Also good is John Ashton as a bit of comic support as Danes Foster father and aid in the hunt for Simone.

Furthermore, the action scenes. They are not overly stylish but are exciting, Dolph is in prime condition to dish out a battering and there is some good gun play included as well. Particular standout scenes are the capturing of Simone, and her subsequant escape. Also later in the film when Dolph rescues Simones character and just after when they both escape. The end is good to with the music helping to really build everything to a climactic crescendo.

Overall this is a fairly decent thriller, with some nice lighting in the dark shots, and some nice and suitably dank locations. Dolph and Maruschka have a great chemistry, and the twists in the film are good. I would give this a 7/10


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