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Complete series cast summary:
Brad Johnson ...  Major Matthew Quentin Shepherd 37 episodes, 1997-1999
Tim Abell ...  Benny Ray Riddle 37 episodes, 1997-1999
Melinda Clarke ...  Margo Vincent 37 episodes, 1997-1999
Mark Sheppard ...  Christopher 'C.J.' Yates 20 episodes, 1997-1998
Dennis Rodman ...  Deke Reynolds 17 episodes, 1998-1999


In a world where there are no obvious "bad guys", where governments engage in secret wars and illegal activities that threaten the security of every individual and nation on the planet, a group of highly trained covert military operatives have just joined forces to become Soldier of Fortune, Inc., an elite crime fighting unit. Led by retired Colonel Matt Shepherd, Soldier of Fortune, Inc. goes where our government cannot and will not venture, to protect national and international interests and to maintain the balance of power. Even in the new world order, people are still up to the same old tricks.

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Called upon when all other options fail


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Release Date:

22 September 1997 (USA) See more »

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S.O.F. Special Ops Force See more »

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Montréal, Québec, Canada See more »

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Benny Ray Riddle: There's nothing like the smell of cordite in the morning to make a man appreciate his right to bear arms.
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An intelligent A-Team
20 December 1999 | by Fred M. HungSee all my reviews

Oddly, I found myself actually watching this show late night during its syndication runs. What confounds me is how a moderately enjoyable light fare like this can be cancelled, and yet the absolute junk of Walker: Texas Ranger and Martial Law is still in production.

In any case the most I can say of Soldier of Fortune, at least in its 1st season, is that it's a smarter and grittier A-Team. Villains do die and some members of the team actually are believable as former SpecOps operatives, particularly worthy of note is Tim Abell, who himself was an Army Ranger. Brad Johnson was born to play a military man and Melinda Clarke is stunningly gorgeous.

Jerry Bruckheimer puts his usually polished, right-wing slant on episodes. Themes like Patriotism, Self-sacrifice, and Honor are routinely addressed though not necessarily explored to any depth. At the end of a few episodes, I did feel like waving a flag.

Like I said, this is not like reading Proust, but it was enjoyable on late night syndication. After Dennis Rodman joined in Season 2, the show became truly ridiculous. By moving production to Montreal and trying to create a more "hip" crew, the creators destroyed what I thought was interesting chemistry.

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