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Mission Kill (1986)

An ex-Green Beret visits one of his army buddies, and finds himself involved in his friend's scheme to smuggle arms into a turbulent South American country.

Director:

David Winters

Writers:

David Winters (as Maria Dante), David Winters
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Ginty ... J.F. Cooper
Merete Van Kamp ... Sydney Borghini
Cameron Mitchell ... Harry
Olivia d'Abo ... Rebel Girl
Henry Darrow ... Senor Borghini
Brooke Bundy ... Katie
David Kaufman ... Glenn
Sandy Baron ... Bingo Thomas
Clement von Franckenstein ... Ian Kennedy (as Clement St. George)
Eduardo López Rojas Eduardo López Rojas ... President Ariban
Jorge Reynoso Jorge Reynoso ... Carlos
Juan Ignacio Aranda Juan Ignacio Aranda ... Miguel
Jorge Zepeda Jorge Zepeda ... Juan
Luke Walter ... Scar
Luis Contreras ... Officer
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Storyline

J.F. Cooper is an American demolition expert when he visits his best friend Harry whom is smuggling arms to a fictitious Latin American country to the country's rebels, and Harry invites Cooper to tag along with him. When Harry is murdered by foreign mercenaries, led by a brutal assassin-for-hire named Kennedy, Cooper seeks his revenge by murdering Kennedy, assuming his identity, and after reclaiming the stolen arms, assumes Kennedy's name and identity, and joins the rebel freedom fighters in their war against the oppressive totalitarian government. Written by Anonymous

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Capturing this freedom fighter was their biggest mistake!


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Country:

USA | Mexico

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 June 1986 (West Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Mission: Kill See more »

Filming Locations:

Mexico

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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Soundtracks

Leave Me Alone
Lyrics and Music by Jesse Frederick
Performed by Jill Colucci
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Fate of Characters Predictable In Film Having No Particular Merit.
1 March 2006 | by rsoonsaSee all my reviews

If a viewer might have a sense that this film has been seen before, but yet not remembered, it shall be accepted that such a presentiment is shared by most others who may happen to watch it, as there is precious little of originality or, indeed, interest to be found within this production, a rather hackneyed affair that leaves the memory unburdened. Robert Ginty, who also contributes to the screenplay, performs as J. F. Cooper, a building demolition virtuoso who, after being released from his New York employment, travels west to California where he visits with a former Marine Corps comrade, Harry (Cameron Mitchell), the latter cajoling J. F. into joining with him in a quixotic plan to smuggle arms to rebels in an imaginary Latin American nation, Santa Maria, and although Cooper is initially reluctant to join in this roguery, once arrived in the embattled nation, he becomes avidly committed to aid the guerrilla fighters with their conflict against a despotic government, a decision that leads to a somewhat tedious series of "action" sequences. These, shot primarily in the Mexican Highlands, move the film relentlessly forward, with barely a nod to constraints of logic, and there are continuity flaws aplenty, but an abundance of local extras is on board to die in the many scenes featuring explosions and automatic weapon combat that comprise the spine of the work, rationality being sent to the rear as when Cooper, renamed (by a journalist) "Robin Hood" Kennedy, requests use of a helicopter from his ragtag band of peasant companeros and, lo, one immediately becomes available for him. The crew is competent, as is most often the case, and the largely inexperienced extras are put through their paces well by the stunt coordinator, despite their tactical deployment that, in reality, could only result in their shooting each other. The players are a mixed bag, with Ginty a less than charismatic commander of men, Mitchell hamming it up as is his habit, and Olivia D'Abo is fairly ridiculous as a bandoliered rebel soldier, but solid turns come from Henry Darrow, and Merete Van Camp, as a corrupt government functionary, and his wife, in addition to Brooke Bundy in a small role as Harry's spouse, while Jorge Reynoso, owner of a charter for glowering Mexican villains, is consistently malignant.


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