I've never even heard of this movie.
I love this fantastic movie to the nth degree and cannot wait for the Synapse Blu Ray edition, restored and remastered !!! It will be a blast.
I know the movie was a mega-flop in the States, only 4 millions of dollars as income at the box office, but what about the European box-office? I know it was a hit in the UK video market... so I guess it did good in American rentals and VHS sales.
Anyway, this is now a huge cult-movie!
I've never even heard of this movie.
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Funny tidbit about this movie is that it was produced and written by Jack Abrahmoff, the criminal Washington lobbyist. He loved two things, weight lifting and the Cold War, both of which are huge themes of the movie.
There is no concrete evidence one way or the other, its budget was $16m and it only made 1/4 of that in the US.
The reason it was a hit in the UK is because it was never released theatrically, it was direct to video only so the only way you could see it was to buy it.
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This movie has some hilarious profanity in it.
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I got this on DVD a few years ago. It was put out by KEY DVD which I understand is now defunct. I don't know if any other vendors picked it up again here Stateside. Lundgren movies are strangely rare around here. They're rarely expensive ($10 or less seems to be the case) but almost impossible to find. Icarus (The Killing Machine in my Country) seemed to have a pretty low run too. I found mine at Best Buy, it was already discounted to ten bucks, and they had ONE copy.
Before that I found a couple of 3 packs at K mart which had Men of Valor, Hidden Assassin, and Black Jack on one set, Retrograde, Direct Action, and Direct Contact on the second. Only the first still seems available.
Way way waaaay before that I found Joshua Tree (Army of one here) on DVD in a store bargain bin. I bought it, never saw it again. I don't think Artisan ever re released it. I also have Cover-Up, and of course MOTU (The only movie outside of The Expendables you can find 100's of copies of in a store)
Red Scorpion was a minor hit here. It was one of those movies where it was under the radar, it has it's fans, but was just above B level. Subsequently it was quickly ported to home video. It's not the most original story, but it is one of the more entertaining uses of the set up. I think my favorite part is when that creepy guy tortures Dolph by poking metal through his skin, and about three shards in, gets choked out.
The other part I loved was the paper machet hand holding the grenade after the General's sidekick gets his arm noobtubed off with a shotgun
As an aside, ever notice with the exception of He-Man, and Ivan Drago, Dolph's characters love shotguns?
Also, will somebody re release I Come in peace ?
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Apparently this film is getting a bluray release http://fangoria.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=2542:new-intruder-discs-and-more-coming-from-synapse-films&catid=1:latest-news&Itemid=167.
Also read that there was a DTV sequel in the mid 90's. Gotta love having on-line friends who are into bad action movies because that how I knew via their blog.
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Dolph Lundgren in his prime was one of the most beautiful people alive. His photos with Grace Jones make me crazy... but this movie? Um.... wow... I don't know what to say...
Haven't seen it since the early 90's. I was allowed to rent a movie one night and out of all the videos in the entire video store I picked this. It had it's moments, but on a whole I didn't think it was anything overaverage.