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The Protector (1997)

Soldier of fortune Ken Conway gets a job offer from his former fiancee to look into the whereabouts of a missing scientist. The scientist was working for pharmaceutical researcher Dr. Krago... See full summary »

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Jack Gill

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Steven Paul (story), Jack Gill | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Matt McColm ... Ken Conway
Annabel Schofield Annabel Schofield ... Marisa
Ron Perlman ... Dr. Ramsey Krago
Carol Alt ... Agent Monica McBride
Morgan Brittany ... Sloane Matthews
Clint Howard ... Hutch
John Rhys-Davies ... Rasheed
Michael Paul Chan ... Dr. Anthony Mane
Rodger LaRue Rodger LaRue ... Agent Leo Dumass
Jack Gill ... Dr. Stanley Erhardt
Gary Kasper ... Billy
Terrence Stone ... Myles Vale
Bonnie Paul ... Receptionist
Andy Gill ... Ambulance Driver (as Andrew R. Gill)
Henry Kingi ... Van Driver
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Soldier of fortune Ken Conway gets a job offer from his former fiancee to look into the whereabouts of a missing scientist. The scientist was working for pharmaceutical researcher Dr. Krago, so Conway goes undercover to infiltrate the doctor's operation. He soon discovers what Krago's scheme is: he creates super-diseases and their cures at the same time, and gets rich by releasing the disease and selling the cure. Ken tries to take this information to the authorities, but finds out too late that he has been infected with the doctor's latest creation, and he has only 48 hours left to live if he can't get his hands on the antidote. Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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Verdens farligste terrorist. Verdens hårdeste lejesoldat. Et opgør der kan afgøre verdens fremtid. (The world's most dangerous terrorist. The world's toughest mercenary. A clash that could decide the future of the world.) (Denmark) See more »

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Action

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 December 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Krago's Island See more »

Filming Locations:

USA

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Budget:

$1,000,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Ultra Stereo

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Color
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One of five action films from the 1990s, where Matt McColm starred as a lead. The other four are: Red Scorpion 2 (1994), Subterfuge (1996), Acts of Betrayal (1997), and a lost film, Fight and Revenge (1997). See more »

Quotes

[Conway bungyjumps down the side of a skyscraper to an assassin on a balcony who is about to kill Rasheed]
Ken Conway: Now isn't this called trespassing?
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Crazy Credits

During the credits Ken and Marisa talk about whether or not they were just killed in the last explosion. See more »

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AN EVENING AT MORTIMERS
Written & Produced by Michael J. Clouse, Mark Kovach & Hector Nieves
Performed by Kovach et Nieves
Published by No Mickey No Music (BMI)
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Great supporting cast and good stunts saves this turkey-flick.
15 May 2006 | by KnatLouieSee all my reviews

When I was shuffling through my local video-store, I found this beauty in the 1£-department, and thought "Wow, wtf, Ron Perlman, Clint Howard, and John Rhys-Davies! I MUST OWN THIS!" - Well, when I put it in my VHS-player, expectations were high, but I could almost immediately see that this movie was a total turkey. But it had some redeeming qualities.

The Good: Ron Perlman was great as the evil Dr. Ramsey Krago who's trying to infest the world with his evil virus, which only he has the anti-dote to! Although he looks quite bored in most of the scenes, he's still the most fun actor to watch in the movie. But I couldn't really tell if he had Grey or blonde hair though..

The Bad: The hero "Ken", played by stuntman-gone-leading actor-gone-stuntman again Matt McColm, finds out about Dr. Krago's evil plans and wants to stop him, using every skill he possibly knows! That is, looking really smug and trying to seduce every woman he meets, and attacking bad guys with his amazing double-kick mid-air split, that would (almost) make Jean-Claude Van Damme jealous. He's not really interesting, and his attitude was annoying throughout the whole film.

The Ugly: In a totally redundant part, we have the always entertaining Clint Howard as Ken's accountant, Hutch. He doesn't do anything to the movie other than say a bunch of stupid things to Ken, and then follow him around on stakeouts, and Ken also uses Hutch's wife's car during a car-chase, where infamous stuntman Henry Kingi (Predator 1+2) flips Ken the bird right before getting blown away. Classic scene. Hutch also fumbles around with a hand grenade (with a SKULL painted on it, so you know that it's dangerous) on the back-seat of the car, which almost kills them both. The drivers of the two evil "A-team" trucks are apparently very stupid, because they have no idea of how to avoid hitting parked vehicles that are in their way. But that's just how henchmen are in these kind of movies. D-U-M-M.

The Bonus: In the beginning of the movie, we see John Rhys-Davies as a disgusting slime-ball who Ken is working for, and believe it or not, he has a sex-scene! So if you ever wanted to see "Gimli" wearing nothing but filthy underpants and an open bathrobe, then this is the movie for you! He also forces a girl to "go down" on him, a fantastic scene.

The Rest: Well, there's a bunch of women who runs around looking real tough, although they're not. Only one of them was important to the plot, but I can't remember her name, because they all looked alike. Then there's also a bunch of stupid henchmen who likes to stick their gun-holding hands out in FRONT of the heroes, so that they can grab them and throw them to the ground. That's great henchmen-work. I also think I saw Kane "Jason Vorhees" Hodder as a henchman, who runs out of a door right in front of one of the heroes just to get gunned down immediately like all the other lame henchmen.

Conclusion: Well, this movie has a stupid plot, a boring male lead, boring female lead(s), but great supporting actors, and good stunts (especially during car-chases and in the final showdown, I can assure you that it is hot stuff!). The music is tame, and the cinematography isn't worth mentioning either. But overall, I enjoyed it somewhat, since I'm a semi-big fan of some of the supporting actors, and the stunt-work was also very good for a movie of this ultra-low caliber. So if you have nothing better to do, then watch this movie, but don't expect anything good.


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