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Commando (1985)

R  |   |  Action, Adventure, Thriller  |  4 October 1985 (USA)
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A retired elite Black Ops Commando launches a one man war against a group of South American criminals who have kidnapped his daughter to blackmail him into starting a revolution and getting an exiled dictator back into power.



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A retired special agent named John Matrix led an elite unit and has left the armed forces to live in a secluded mountain home with his daughter Jenny. But now he is forced out of retirement when his daughter is kidnapped by a band of thugs intent on revenge! Unbeknownst to Matrix, the members of his former unit are being killed one by one. Even though Matrix' friend General Franklin Kirby gives Matrix armed guards, attackers manage to kidnap Matrix and Jenny. Matrix learns that Bennett, a former member of his Matrix' unit who was presumed dead has kidnapped him to try to force Matrix to do a political assassination for a man called Arius (who calls himself El Presidente), a warlord formerly bested by Matrix who wishes to lead a military coup in his home country. Since Arius will have Jenny killed if Matrix refuses, Matrix reluctantly accepts the demand. Written by Anthony Pereyra {hypersonic91@yahoo.com}

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Release Date:

4 October 1985 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Komando  »

Box Office


$10,000,000 (estimated)

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1.85 : 1
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This is the third film that Bill Paxton and Arnold Schwarzenegger have worked together. The other two being The Terminator and True Lies. See more »


When Matrix bulldozes the entrance to the surplus store, there is debris blocking the entrance. Cindy needs to step over this debris on her way, yet is able to roll a shopping cart full of weapons and ammo out the same path on her way out. See more »


Arius: Do you remember me Colonel?
John Matrix: I remember you. Scumbag. Especially the people you've tortured and killed.
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Referenced in Still Standing: Still Reading (2002) See more »


Music by Andy Taylor
Lyrics by Michael Des Barres
Performed by Power Station
Produced by Bernard Edwards and Andy Taylor
Courtesy of Capitol-EMI Records
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Reminds me why Arnold's latest films suck
9 March 2002 | by See all my reviews

This is one of Arnold's best movies, next to Predator and Terminator 2. Seeing an invincible one man army kill over 100 baddies while intercepting it with zingy one liners, that's what it's all about! None of this crap about an "every man" who's family have been taken from him blah blah blah. But the mountain of muscle from Austria dealing out justice the only way he knows how - with extreme prejudice and loads of firepower!

On a side note, the character Sully is the other funniest part of this movie. He's just too cool, and the scene between him and Rae Dawn Chong in the car-park is unforgettable. I kept watching it over and over bursting into hysterics when Sully says "You f**ken whore".

Perhaps Arnold is just too old and not physically impressive enough to do these mindless mayhem movies anymore, but if he's giving them a miss just to give his acting "credibility" then what a waste - action movies are supposed to be mindless thrill-per-minute blow everything up fests, and in his day none did them better than Arnie!

There may not be many movies like this, but at least we'll always have these classics. Arnold will always be remembered for his "Remember Sully when I promised to kill you last? I LIED" lines, not for garbage like Collateral Damage.

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