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Universal Soldier (1992)

R | | Action, Sci-Fi | 10 July 1992 (USA)
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Private Luc Deveraux and his sadistic sergeant, Andrew Scott, got killed in Viet Nam. The army uses their bodies for a secret project - reanimating dead soldiers as deadly obedient cyborgs. However, their memories come back too.

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Roland Emmerich
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jean-Claude Van Damme ... Luc Deveraux / GR44
Dolph Lundgren ... Andrew Scott / GR13
Ally Walker ... Veronica Roberts
Ed O'Ross ... Colonel Perry
Jerry Orbach ... Dr. Christopher Gregor
Leon Rippy ... Woodward
Tico Wells Tico Wells ... Garth
Ralf Moeller ... GR76 (as Ralph Moeller)
Robert Trebor ... Motel Owner
Gene Davis ... Lieutenant
Drew Snyder ... Charles
Tommy 'Tiny' Lister ... GR55 (as 'Tiny' Lister Jr.)
Simon Rhee ... GR61
Eric Norris ... GR86
Michael Winther Michael Winther ... Technician
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Storyline

An elite team of soldiers has been used against terrorists where they use astounding physical capabilities to overcome them. Victoria, a reporter, follows them and discovers a part of their secret. When one of the team kills her cameraman she tries to escape. Luc, one of the soldiers begins to have flashbacks and turns sides and helps her as the remainder of the team follows to protect their secrets. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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Robots runs amok See more »

Genres:

Action | Sci-Fi

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

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Details

Official Sites:

Studio Canal [France]

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 July 1992 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Crystal Knights See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$23,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,057,084, 12 July 1992

Gross USA:

$36,299,898

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$36,299,898
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (heavily cut) (TV)

Sound Mix:

CDS (digital 35 mm prints)| Dolby Stereo (analog 35 mm prints) (4 channels)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The last film to be recorded in CDS, an early digital sound format. In the following year of the film's release, sound technicians had developed DTS. This sound format was apparently of higher audio quality than CDS and has been used in most movie theaters ever since. See more »

Goofs

The Police prefer the element of surprise instead of moving in and Arresting Luc and Veronica, which gives them both a chance to have escaped had they boarded the bus. See more »

Quotes

Veronica: How can you be so damn calm? I mean, your buddies back there just shot enough ammo at us to destroy Eastern Europe, and you're sitting here bitching at me about a goddamned seat belt?
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Alternate Versions

The Australian theatrical release of the film was heavily cut to receive an M rating. Gone were the head-shots to Vietnamese villagers, Scott getting the knife in the gut by Luc, the diner fight was heavily trimmed, a scientist getting impaled on a needle, the supermarket shootout and Dolph's demise on the farm machinery. All of these cuts were restored for an R rated VHS release and later, an MA15+ rated DVD/Bluray release. See more »

Connections

Referenced in The X-Files: Kitten (2018) See more »

Soundtracks

Goin'Out On The Town Tonight
John Lombardo and Harry Shannon
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Admit it – you enjoyed it.
18 October 2004 | by RolandCPhillipsSee all my reviews

Okay, okay: it's as macho as hell, questionably acted, pretty brutal and not particularly imaginative. But it has faith in itself. Please don't think I mean to give this B-movie any real grandeur, but it does know how to get the blood pumping. If the action sequences are nothing new (cribbed from Arnie and Mad Max flicks), it pushes them home with a relentless logic, and the production values are fine.

There is an element of self-parody, thanks largely to Lundgren's engagingly OTT psychotic turn (he's the best of the bunch) and the film-makers have enough nouse to make JVCD rely on his ability to kick the life out of everyone.

Plot means nothing, the film is nasty, the semi-moral/sentimental tone that descends towards the end is pretty offensive and it's derivative.

But admit it - you enjoyed it. Hell, I thought it was a laugh.


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