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Universal Soldier (1992)

18 | | Action, Sci-Fi | 24 July 1992 (UK)
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Private Luc Deveraux and his sadistic sergeant, Andrew Scott, got killed in Vietnam. 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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With stolen top-secret technology, terrorists have created a next-generation Universal Soldier - an elite fighter genetically altered into a programmable killing machine. With this "UniSol"... See full summary »

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Stars: Dolph Lundgren, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Andrei Arlovski
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Cast

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Dr. Christopher Gregor
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GR76 (as Ralph Moeller)
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Motel Owner
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Lieutenant
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Charles
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GR55 (as 'Tiny' Lister Jr.)
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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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Genetically enhanced machines. See more »

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Action | Sci-Fi

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24 July 1992 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Soldado universal  »

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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:

$101,999,898
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| (heavily cut) (TV)

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(digital 35 mm prints)| (analog 35 mm prints) (4 channels)

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(Technicolor)

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2.35 : 1
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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 Colonel commanding the Unisols is wearing a Special Force Green Beret incorrectly. An officer wears their rank on the flash on the front of the beret, the Colonel is displaying the Special Forces branch insignia like an enlisted soldier. See more »

Quotes

Luc: [asking Veronica to help him look on his naked body for a tracer] Look for something hard.
Luc: [looking down] Is that supposed to be there?
Veronica: Yes, yes it's very normal.
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Referenced in The Big Box: The Ritz (2009) See more »

Soundtracks

Qua Cau Gio Bay
Performed by Bach Yen and Trân Quang Hai
Courtesy of Sounds of Film
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Admit it – you enjoyed it.
18 October 2004 | by See 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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