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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>

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The future has a bad attitude. 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)| DTS (5.1)| Dolby Digital

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The film takes place in 1969 and 1994. See more »

Goofs

It has been mentioned that towards the end of the film the car Luc and Veronica drive to the home of Luc's parents loses the light bar and "Sheriff" decals. This is not a continuity error, the film simply does not show the characters removing the identifying characteristics from a police vehicle while they are fugitives. See more »

Quotes

Veronica: I figured you had to be French or something because of your accent.
Luc: What accent?
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Alternate Versions

The Norwegian VHS omits the part where Sgt Andrew Scott is cut to little pieces and spit into the air. The part where Luc Deveraux answers "Around", when the girl asks him where Scott is, is not cut though; and thus makes no sense. See more »

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Followed by Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning (2012) See more »

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Breakin' Up, Breakin' Down
Written by Wendy Kramer and Harry Shannon
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Good action film, Van Damme's best
15 September 2005 | by ODDBearSee all my reviews

I just wanna say that I have a real soft spot for the 80's action heroes that I watched relentlessly when I was growing up. Stallone, Schwarzenegger, Seagal and yes, to some extent, Van Damme. The Muscles from Brussels was always my least favourite but I usually checked out his films. I don't think any of them are REALLY good but I've always liked this one very much. Sure, it's pretty dumb for the most part but it has a distinct advantage over most of his films; IT'S ALSO GOT DOLPH LUNDGREN. Now, I just remember him so vividly in Rocky 4, and being as young as I was when I first saw it; I remember cheering him on, and being immensely sad when he lost.

Universal Soldier has a good opener, introducing Van Damme and Lundgren as Vietnam soldiers (Lundgren a total nut and Van Damme a good soldier) who wind up killing each other. Decades later, they end up becoming part of a zombie ultra military squad who are controlled by the government. But they snap out of it, come to life and go head to head once more, since they have some unfinished business.

Now, the story is no Oscar winner, but it's fairly original and sets the motion for some great action sequences and a very entertaining good vs. evil battle between Lundgren and Van Damme. If only the Ally Walker character could have been made a bit more tolerable (and less a cliché) we'd nearly have a total winner.

All in all, the action scenes are great, Lundgren is terrific, obviously having a field day playing his role and Van Damme is alright, but then again, he's never been great.

Universal Soldier is Van Damme's best film and quite easily recommended for action fans.


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