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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 {}

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If there's a mission that no man could survive...then *he's* the man for the job. See more »


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Release Date:

4 October 1985 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Komando  »

Box Office


$10,000,000 (estimated)

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| (director's cut) | (video)

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(4 channels)


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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


After filming one scene, Arnold Schwarzenegger told Mark L. Lester to never give Vernon Wells a real knife. See more »


Airliners take off between 130 to 150 miles per hour. Perhaps Matrix could have survived the landing in the marsh but not without some broken bones. See more »


Bennett: John, I feel good. Just like old times. What's it feel like to be a dying man? You're a dead man, John!
John Matrix: Bullshit!
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Spoofed in Revenge of the Nerds II: Nerds in Paradise (1987) 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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One of my all-time favorite movies
15 January 2005 | by (Minnesota) – See all my reviews

This is by far one of the greatest movies of the century. I can't believe what an awesome movie it is. It has no morals, no lessons to teach, no political statements, no coherence, and no sense whatsoever. When Schwarzeneggar's beloved daughter is kidnapped by a psychotic dictator, he doesn't try to reason with the bad guys or take precautions like most action heroes would. He just goes bonkers and starts killing everyone in sight. The movie is packed with fantastic scenes such as Arnie crashing a car at about 80 mph, without a seatbelt, and being perfectly fine, Arnie tearing a phone booth out of a wall, Arnie punching a guy through a wall, etc. It's gloriously entertaining.

Also, despite his reputation for bad acting, he delivers all his lines with perfect comic timing ("Let off some steam, Bennett"). Bennett is also a great character, but no match for Arnold. You'd have to be completely devoid of personality to not find this at least slightly entertaining.

10/10 stars. Seriously.

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