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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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Somewhere... somehow... someone's going to pay See more »

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Also Known As:

Komando  »

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$10,000,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

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Goofs

When Matrix gets his weapons from the shed during the attack that ends with his daughter being kidnapped, we see him pull back the loading handle on his rifle - however, the weapon is a Heckler & Koch HK91 which fires from a closed bolt, meaning that to make it ready to fire you actually have to slap the cocking handle into the forward position (after inserting a loaded magazine). Note: It's the same action you see Keanu Reeves perform on a H&K MP5K submachine gun (basically the compact submachine gun version of the H&K rifle) during the "lots of guns" scene in... The Matrix. See more »

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Matrix: [reading about Boy George in a pop magazine] Why don't they just call him Girl George? It would cut down on the confusion.
Jenny: Oh, Dad, that is so old.
Matrix: Ha Ha. You know when I was a boy and rock'n'roll came to East Germany, the communists said it was subversive.
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Matrix: Maybe they were right.
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WE FIGHT FOR LOVE
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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Probably the best action film.
25 December 1999 | by (Larvik, Norway) – See all my reviews

Commando is in my mind the best action film out there to date, this movie was made 14 years ago and no other film can push it out of first position.

The film got everything: a great looking Arnold, extremely fine music by James Horner and great settings for the action scenes. It`s a great ride of perfection when it comes to entertaining action fans. Rae Dawn Chong and Alyssa Milano gives fine performances as well.


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