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Mercenary (1996)

Jonas Ambler is a rich businessman who's wife is killed by kidnappers. So he decides to get even. He hires a mercenary to find and kill the kidnappers. There's only one catch, he wants to ... See full summary »

Director:

Avi Nesher

Writers:

Steven Hartov (screenplay), Patrick Highsmith (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Olivier Gruner ... Capt. Karl 'Hawk' May
John Ritter ... Jonas Ambler
Robert Culp ... McClean
Ed Lauter ... Jack Cochran
Michael Zelniker ... Alan Bailey
Martin Kove ... Phoenix
Lara Harris ... Joanna Ambler
Lindsey Ginter ... Klinge
Nils Allen Stewart ... Bad Dave
Michael Reid Davis Michael Reid Davis ... Hendrix
Duke Valenti ... Bandit Boss
Kevin Knotts Kevin Knotts ... Barman
Mark Poitras Mark Poitras ... Commando Man #1
Robert Werhan ... Frank
Bryan Lee Bryan Lee ... Yakuza
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Jonas Ambler is a rich businessman who's wife is killed by kidnappers. So he decides to get even. He hires a mercenary to find and kill the kidnappers. There's only one catch, he wants to go with them. Written by Brian W Martz <B.Martz@Genie.com>

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In a Desert Wasteland An Ex-Commando Battles for Revenge...

Genres:

Action | Drama | Thriller

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 January 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Bérenc See more »

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Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color
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Film debut of Jaime Pressly See more »

Connections

Followed by Mercenary II: Thick & Thin (1998) See more »

Soundtracks

La Bamba
Arranged by Charles Hutchinson, Alan Anderson, David Scott
Performed by Popdefect
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If you love movies, this is a movie you'll love.
26 February 2001 | by CineMOTHSee all my reviews

As a lover of action movies, this one took me by surprise, both because of how much I enjoyed it (which is hard to say these days) and because of how atypical it is for the genre. It is really like Laurel and Hardy do action... Funny, funny, funny! John Ritter is great as the guy who thinks he can do all the stunts, just cause he wants to go along for the ride, and Mr. Gruner is a powerful force, with a hint of the comedian hiding beneath his straight man. Great effort by Nesher, the director, who moves this great story with sheer force from the first frame... A must rent!


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