A soldier trained from birth is deemed obsolete and dumped on a waste planet where he is reluctantly taken in by a community of defenseless, stranded wayfarers.

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Paul W.S. Anderson (as Paul Anderson)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Kurt Russell ... Todd 3465
Jason Scott Lee ... Caine 607
Jason Isaacs ... Colonel Mekum
Connie Nielsen ... Sandra
Sean Pertwee ... Mace
Jared Thorne Jared Thorne ... Nathan
Taylor Thorne Taylor Thorne ... Nathan
Mark Bringelson ... Rubrick
Gary Busey ... Church
K.K. Dodds ... Sloan
James Black ... Riley
Mark De Alessandro ... Goines
Vladimir Orlov ... Romero
Carsten Norgaard ... Green
Duffy Gaver ... Chelsey
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Storyline

In a futuristic society, some people are selected at birth to become soldiers, and trained in such a manner that they become inhuman killing machines. One of the most succesfull and older of these soldiers (Russell) is pitted against a new breed of soldiers, and after the confrontation is believed to be dead. His body is left behind in a semi-abandoned colonial planet, where everything is peaceful, and he is taught about the other aspects of life. But eventually he has to fight the new breed of soldiers again, this time to defend his new home... Written by Parca Mortem <icy_shadow@rocketmail.com>

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Left for dead on a remote planet for obsolete machines and people, a fallen hero has one last battle to fight

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Action | Drama | Sci-Fi

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Rated R for strong violence and brief language | See all certifications »

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Tony Gilroy did an uncredited re-write on the screenplay. See more »

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The film starts in 1996 designated as year zero. At year 12 (2008) young soldiers on an exercise are being watched by observers on a hill top.Behind them are 2 present day wide tracked army vehicles. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Female Voice: [to audience of very young boys] A soldier does not speak until spoken to by a superior officer. A soldier shows no mercy. Mercy is weakness. Weakness is death. A soldier...
[squealing pig led in for slaughter]
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Alternate Versions

Although rated "Not under 18" by the FSK in Germany, this version still contains numerous cuts to reduce violence. The "Not under 16" version removes or shortens nearly every violent part. See more »

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References The Fox and the Hound (1981) See more »

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Night Ride Across The Caucasus
Written by Loreena McKennitt
Performed by Loreena McKennitt
Courtesy of Quinlan Road Limited
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Good and solid
5 November 2018 | by aranormerSee all my reviews

I don't know what I was doing when this movie originally came out, because I watched this first time today. This was, and still is a movie for me.

Background, lighting and camerawork reminded me of Aliens. Plot was similar to several movies of this genre. I have a feeling that lot was borrowed from Universal Soldier. I detected glimpses of the Terminator-franchise as well. Generally I hate it when I can pinpoint copying or "paying homage" (I'm looking at you, Waterworld...), but the team behind Soldier managed to make the experience enjoyable.

Todd was suitably awkward given his long military career and training. The couple who took him in were in my eyes your basic married-with-children husband and wife very much in love with each other. Their son was a nice surprise. Quiet and sensible kid who didn't get anybody in trouble or killed. Even villains of this movie were tolerable. Predictable as heck but not annoyingly childish.

Solid 8 stars.


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Language:

English

Release Date:

23 October 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Soldier See more »

Filming Locations:

Burbank, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$60,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,447,237, 25 October 1998

Gross USA:

$14,594,226

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$14,594,226
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2.35 : 1
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