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Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins (1985)

An officially "dead" cop is trained to become an extraordinary unique assassin in service of the US President.

Director:

Guy Hamilton

Writers:

Richard Sapir (novel), Warren Murphy (novel) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Fred Ward ... Remo Williams
Joel Grey ... Chiun
Wilford Brimley ... Harold Smith
J.A. Preston ... Conn MacCleary
George Coe ... Gen. Scott Watson
Charles Cioffi ... George Grove
Kate Mulgrew ... Maj. Rayner Fleming
Patrick Kilpatrick ... Stone
Michael Pataki ... Jim Wilson
Davenia McFadden Davenia McFadden ... N.Y. Traffic Control Cop
Cosie Costa Cosie Costa ... Pvt. Damico
J.P. Romano J.P. Romano ... Boomer #1
Joel Kramer ... Boomer #2 (as Joel J. Kramer)
Frank Ferrara ... Boomer #3
Marv Albert ... Sports Announcer (voice)
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Storyline

An NYPD cop is 'killed' in an accident. The death is faked, and he is inducted into the organization CURE, dedicated to preserving the constitution by working outside of it. Remo is to become the enforcement wing (assassin) of CURE, and learns an ancient Korean martial art from Chiun, the Master of Sinanju. Based on the popular pulp series "The Destroyer," by Richard Sapir and Warren Murphy. Written by Ed Sutton <esutton@mindspring.com>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

It's going to take a dead man to save the country...from a death merchant's dream of destruction! See more »


Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Official Sites:

MGM

Country:

USA | Mexico

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 October 1985 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Remo: The Adventure Begins... See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,376,971, 14 October 1985

Gross USA:

$14,393,902

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$14,393,902
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Company Credits

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Joel Grey was offered the role of Chiun several times before accepting it. He kept turning it down because he didn't think he was the right kind of actor for the part, and he had no previous martial arts experience (and received none once he was cast). What changed Grey's mind was a meeting with Carl Fullerton, the film's make-up artist. Grey said he would take the part if Fullerton could successfully make Grey look like an 80-year-old Korean. Fullerton gave it his best shot. He got an Oscar nomination for his work. See more »

Goofs

When Remo is attempting to shoot Chiun, he fires 8 rounds from his Colt 1911 pistol. Chiun then removes the magazine and pops more rounds out. A standard 1911 magazine only holds 8 rounds. Para Ordnance, the first company to make a 1911 copy with a double stack magazine holding more than 8 rounds, didn't begin manufacturing them until after production wrapped on this movie in 1984. So it can't even be one of their prototypes. See more »

Quotes

Chiun: You did not ask to be white. So perhaps that is not your fault. You did not ask to be here. Perhaps that is not your fault, either.
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Alternate Versions

UK cinema and video versions were cut by 35 secs by the BBFC with edits to kicks and blows during the opening fight scene. The cuts are restored in the MGM DVD release. See more »

Connections

Featured in At the Movies: Hollywood's Hidden Stars (1990) See more »

Soundtracks

Remo's Theme (What If)
Performed by Tommy Shaw
Written by Tommy Shaw and Richie Cannata
Courtesy of A&M Records, Inc.
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Great movie
30 November 2004 | by logezeroSee all my reviews

This is an excellent movie that blurs the line between action/adventure and comedy in the tradition of Big Trouble in Little China. The one-liners from Remo (Fred Ward) Chiun (Joel Grey) and Mr. Smith (Wilford Brimley) are reason enough to see this movie. Some people complained that the martial arts abilities are too unbelievable. However, if you enjoy "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon", any James Bond movie, or just about any martial arts movie coming out of Asia, you should have no problem with Remo Williams. The music to the movie is also surprisingly well done. I wholeheartedly recommend this movie to anyone with a trace of humor in their soul. You will not be disappointed.


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