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Raven (1996)

R | | Action | Video 14 October 1997
A notorious criminal is hunted down by the elite Raven Special Forces team when things go wrong on a mission to capture stolen military hardware.

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Russell Solberg

Writer:

Joe Hart (as Jacobsen Hart)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Burt Reynolds ... Jerome 'Raven' Katz
Matt Battaglia ... Martin 'Duce' Grant
Krista Allen ... Cali Goodwin
David Ackroyd ... Bill Gilley
Richard Gant ... Russ Carlson
Angela Harry ... Eva
Walter Olkewicz ... Bernie DeFrewd
Madison Mason ... Governor Sklar
Kim Chase ... Sharon
Christopher Mayer ... Hub (as Chip Mayer)
Charles Wahlheim Charles Wahlheim ... Ablin
Michael Saad Michael Saad ... Adeeb (as Mike Saad)
Charles Walker ... Al Ryan
Peter Savard Peter Savard ... Sen. Berg
Mike White Mike White ... Mike
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Storyline

Martin Grant has been hiding for years to escape his past as a ruthless mercenary in the elite force Raven Team. He's recently been engaged and are trying to forget the nightmares of murder and betrayal. Martin was convinced, that he could escape... But no one escapes from the Raven Teams ruthless leader Raven. At least not alive. Raven is back with a new team to hunt down and eliminate Grant... Written by Ricki <Ricki@Post3.tele.dk>

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For years the government paid him to kill. Now he is self-employed!

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 October 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Raven See more »

Filming Locations:

San Diego, California, USA

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Production Co:

Stu Segall Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color
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Quotes

Sen. Berg: Why did he turn on us?This I don't understand!
Bill Gilley: Why?Because he figured we sent him on a one-way mission, that's why!
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Alternate Versions

German TV- and Video-version, both rated "not under 18", were cut to reduce violence See more »

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A shameless misfire...
29 March 1999 | by ChoiBabySee all my reviews

Disjointed action film features an unfunny Burt Reynolds as Raven (hence, the title character), the leader of a team of hotshot mercenaries. This specialized team of hardcore mercenaries serve as government operatives to the United States. On a routine mission in Bosnia, the mercenary fighters must retrieve a "decoder" device which will render the U.S. the most powerful nation in the world. However, when the going gets the tough, the tough turn into a state of foolishness. Each squad member becomes systematically eliminated...and the mission was deemed...a fiasco...

Raven, left for dead due to a helicopter crash...has turned out to be very much alive...and boy...is he having fun eliminating the competition... Raven, after taking a one year hiatus from his enjoyable job as a professional killer, is now self-employed. He feels a necessity to eradicate the "Four Stars," a group comprising of corrupt U.S. Senators who were responsible for selling Raven out during the disastrous mission at Bosnia. One by one, the members of the Four Stars succumb to Raven's various booby traps, and the remaining few must join forces with several ex-mercenaries for Raven is capable of undermining an esoteric government conspiracy. When the odds turn substantially difficult, the hardened feel compelled...to spout out stupid wisecracks!

RAVEN was a bomb of titanic proportions. The film's premise was one extended cliché with every stereotypical characters (i.e. Corrupt government officials, lonesome mercenary, damsel-in-distress, etc.) imaginable. The pyrotechnics were plentiful, and the body count was surprising high, but RAVEN lacked pizzazz and both a credible cast and plot. The humor in RAVEN, granted, was hysterical at times. Still, the humor in RAVEN was undeniably sophomoric...

RAVEN was a numbing experience. The film tried to be a mixture of both a comedy and an action/adventure film. However, this film manages to FAIL on both accounts. The motion picture, RAVEN, like a nomad, wanders around aimlessly with nowhere to go and no direction to seek. This movie had absolutely no ambitions and the ineptitude cages the entire film in, being viewed as no more than a low-rent actioner. Burt Reynolds certainly has done better films in his life...and he definitely has had better experiences.

RAVEN is simply a pitiful, trite, as low as they can get thriller with no suspense that can't be predicted a million miles away. SMOKEY AND THE BANDIT this is not! The only justifiable reason to watch this movie is to check out the fine actress, Krista Allen, who shows plenty of promise. Her dynamic appeal and wonderful personality make this film barely palatable.

RATING: *1/2 out of ****.


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