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Red Scorpion (1989)

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Critic Reviews: 3
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Dolph Lundgren stars in this controversial action film directed by Joseph Zito (Missing in Action). The beefy Swede plays Soviet KGB agent Lt. Nikolai, who is sent to Africa with orders to eliminate a black rebel. Eventually, Nikolai begins to side with the locals, has a red scorpion tattooed on his chest by a shaman, and helps fight against the Cubans and the Soviets. Horror fans should note Tom Savini's expert gore effects during a torture scene, while others will be pleased with a fine

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Action & Adventure

Jack Abramoff, Robert Abramoff

Oct 13, 1998

Shapiro Glickenhaus

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A dull, below-average action pic, lensed in Swaziland.

January 14, 2008 Full Review Source: Variety
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The movie's reflective moments belong to Mr. Lundgren's sweaty chest.

May 20, 2003 Full Review Source: New York Times
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Beware of its stink.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Washington Post
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Because it was produced by disgraced (and imprisoned) Republican lobbyist Jack Abramoff, the movie is now loaded with an eerie unintentional laughter it didn't have for its original viewers.

July 7, 2012 Full Review Source: KC Active
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The film offers little that hasn't been seen in countless others of its ilk.

January 14, 2008 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
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Long live Dolph...!

March 7, 2004
MovieCrypt.com

Dolph's probably still wondering why his star's no longer shining.

August 12, 2003
Juicy Cerebellum

Audience Reviews for Red Scorpion

Oh my god, you guys, this movie is great. Okay, maybe the movie itself isn't super-fantastic, but it turns out that watching a schlocky film in the middle of the night and getting to wolfwhistle at the screen like a construction worker is my idea of a good time. We watched a print that was in such bad shape that it actually caught in the projector - it was the first time I had ever seen a real film burn. I feel like I passed some sort of milestone. I'm not usually a fan of action movies, and this one is largely indistinguishable from most of the others that came out in the 80s. An enormous scary dude goes into a bad situation and solves problems by wrecking stuff, kicking peoples' asses and generally blowing shit up. I really liked this one because Lundgren was so damn pretty back in his heyday. Like catnip. Like Kryptonite. He's a good six inches taller than any other actor in this film, and he's got at least two feet of circumference on them as well. I'd like to make a calendar out of screenshots of this movie. There was a little spattering of humor thorughout it, and the action scenes were well-choreographed and rendered. Pure delicious popcorn cinema at its finest. And totally improved by the screweing-up projector, the missing scene and the myriad imperfections in the print.
September 27, 2010
MidnightMadwoman

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I saw this when I was small...It was cool at the time
: )
August 26, 2007
EightThirty

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    1. Lt. Nikolai: Let's kick some ass.
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