4.5/10
149
5 user 1 critic

Universal Soldier (1972)

| Action, Drama, War | May 1972 (UK)
A lifelong mercenary commander and weapons expert played by George Lazenby is commissioned to train an army for an exiled African leader. But as his conscience finally catches up to him, he... See full summary »

Director:

Cy Endfield
Reviews

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Stoner (1974)
Action | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

Stoner, an Australian cop, has been investigating the spread of a mysterious addictive drug that acts like an aphrodisiac and a hallucenogen on anyone who takes it. When his own sister ... See full summary »

Director: Feng Huang
Stars: George Lazenby, Angela Mao, Betty Ting Pei
Action | Drama | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

A Hong Kong mobster's sister is working with authorities on their investigation into her own brother's plot to assassinate the Queen.

Director: Shan-Hsi Ting
Stars: Jimmy Wang Yu, Angela Mao, George Lazenby
Action | Adventure | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 1.7/10 X  

The U.S. government initiates a program to create genetically-modified cybernetic super soldiers, but it goes awry when the test subjects escape from their holding cells. Set on an island in an undisclosed location.

Director: Griff Furst
Stars: Kristen Quintrall, Dario Deak, Jason S. Gray
Action | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3/10 X  

The Universal Soldiers are used to smuggle diamonds for a CIA Director, but Luc Deveraux continues to cause him problems.

Director: Jeff Woolnough
Stars: Matt Battaglia, Andrew Jackson, Eric Bryson
Action | Drama | Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Hong Kong Inspector Fang Sing Leng travels to Australia to extradite a drug dealer. When the hood is assassinated on his way to court, everyone suspects Jack Wilton, a crime lord who the local police haven't been able to pick up.

Directors: Brian Trenchard-Smith, Jimmy Wang Yu
Stars: Jimmy Wang Yu, George Lazenby, Hugh Keays-Byrne
Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

A young girl is brutally murdered somewhere in France. Sometime later, the same thing happens to the daughter of a well-known sculptor. This time the parents (the sculptor and his wife) ... See full summary »

Director: Aldo Lado
Stars: George Lazenby, Anita Strindberg, Adolfo Celi
Action | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.2/10 X  

The "universal soldiers" must fight the whole army, when the military's supercomputer S.E.T.H gets out of control.

Director: Mic Rodgers
Stars: Jean-Claude Van Damme, Bill Goldberg, Heidi Schanz
Death Game (2017)
Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

A hard-boiled cop must track down a female serial killer and stop a series of police assassinations.

Director: Gregory Hatanaka
Stars: Ron Becks, Magda Marcella, Kristine DeBell
Action | Adventure | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  

Terrorists kidnap the Russian Prime Minister's 2 kids, take Chernobyl nuclear power plant and threaten to blow up a reactor. 4 Universal Soldiers go in but are no match to a Next Gen. UniSol. Luc/JCVD goes in but faces 2 NGUs.

Director: John Hyams
Stars: Dolph Lundgren, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Andrei Arlovski
Action | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.1/10 X  

The Pig has a plan to eradicate some people with a freeze bomb that instantly freezes people to death. It is up to Detective Ash to stop him and protect the woman with the secret to the ice... See full summary »

Director: Al Adamson
Stars: Jim Kelly, Harold Sakata, George Lazenby
Action | Horror | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5/10 X  

John looks to take down Luc Deveraux after a home invasion claims his wife and daughter. The fight pits John against Andrew Scott and an army of genetically enhanced warriors; meanwhile, he must contend with a UniSol in relentless pursuit.

Director: John Hyams
Stars: Jean-Claude Van Damme, Dolph Lundgren, Scott Adkins
Last Harem (1981)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Laura, a beautiful, famous and expensive photographic model, arrives in Cannes to pose for a series of photos by a well-known photographer. There she meets Almalarik, oil minister of an ... See full summary »

Director: Sergio Garrone
Stars: Corinne Cléry, George Lazenby, Daniela Poggi
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
George Lazenby ... Ryker
Ben Carruthers ... Jesse
Robin Hunter Robin Hunter ... Bradshaw
Rudolph Walker ... Mbote
Cy Endfield ... Derek Bowden
Alan Barnes Alan Barnes ... Temple Smith
Guy Deghy ... Timmerman
Edward Judd ... Rawlings
Germaine Greer Germaine Greer ... Clara Bowden
Ronan O'Rahilly Ronan O'Rahilly ... Gered
Kevin Duggan Kevin Duggan ... Hippie
John Keston John Keston ... 1st Custom's Officer
Michael Taylor Michael Taylor ... 2nd Custom's Officer
Charles Owour Charles Owour ... Mbote's Aide
Martin Wyldeck ... Wilson
Edit

Storyline

A lifelong mercenary commander and weapons expert played by George Lazenby is commissioned to train an army for an exiled African leader. But as his conscience finally catches up to him, he is seen as a threat to the powers behind the operation. Written by finditman

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

The man's business is WEAPONS

Genres:

Action | Drama | War

Certificate:

See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

May 1972 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Ammattisotilas See more »

Edit

Box Office

Budget:

$2,500,000 (estimated)
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

According to a George Lazenby interview Jimi Hendrix was originally going to write the score for the film, but he died suddenly before filming could begin. See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Cinema Snob: Las Vegas Bloodbath (2010) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Easy Soldier
3 August 2010 | by DC1977See all my reviews

George Lazenby said that after doing the excellent On Her Majesty's Secret Service, he doubted that the James Bond era could continue much longer with the arrival of new films such as Easy Rider.

This could well be among the worst predictions made in movie history but its an interesting one that goes some way to explaining the thinking behind Lazenby's next project, Universal Soldier.

This film has the influence of Easy Rider written all over it and in trying too hard to copy the style of what was a cinematic one-off, Universal Soldier is prevented from developing into a coherent story.

Very little happens in this film and too little is clearly explained. From what I can put together only a couple of hours after seeing the film, Ryker (Lazenby) is a mercenary soldier in some kind of deal with an African group, represented by Mbote played by none other than Rudolph Walker, better known in the UK as Patrick Trueman in Eastenders. At night Ryker is haunted by the images of violence he has seen in his career.

The accidental shooting of a dog and its subsequent merciful (or is it bloodthirsty?) slaying during a bit of fun target practice seems to trigger Ryker's conscience as he loses interest in the African deal. He rents a basement flat, goes to parties, attends a political meeting, starts dating a schoolgirl(!) whilst his group members wonder what has happened to him.

Once he is found, it is too late. He has decided upon another way of life...

I'm actually making this sound better than it is. For the most part Universal Soldier is incoherent with jarring and misplaced musical interludes (the Easy Rider influence) and it is very difficult to tell what, if anything, is going on .

Despite this, it remains watchable throughout mainly for two reasons; its curiosity value in seeing how Lazenby followed up being 007 and the sheer strangeness of the whole film.

Anyone with an interest in either of these points would be recommended to try and track down this film although it isn't easy to get hold of.

Fans of Open All Hours may also want to watch this as Nurse Gladys Emmanuel makes an appearance and I'm sure its Mr Bronson from Grange Hill working in the airport in the first scene.


9 of 9 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 5 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Free Movies and TV Shows You Can Watch Now

On IMDb TV, you can catch Hollywood hits and popular TV series at no cost. Select any poster below to play the movie, totally free!

Browse free movies and TV series

Stream Trending TV Series With Prime Video

Explore popular and recently added TV series available to stream now with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed