Commando (1985)

R   |    |  Action, Adventure, Thriller

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A retired Special Forces colonel tries to save his daughter, who was abducted by his former subordinate.

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  • Arnold Schwarzenegger in Commando (1985)
  • Arnold Schwarzenegger in Commando (1985)
  • Arnold Schwarzenegger and Rae Dawn Chong in Commando (1985)
  • Arnold Schwarzenegger in Commando (1985)
  • Arnold Schwarzenegger in Commando (1985)
  • Vernon Wells who is mostly known for the legendary antagonist, Bennett in Commando (1985). And the Fright Night Film Festival 2012 Best Foreign Short Film Award (Corman Award) Winner Ryota Nakanishi is known for the best Asian student horror film Mô-sîn-á (2012).

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26 September 2014 | MUFCOK
| One-liner after One-liner
This is a good fun action movie. It has everything an Arnie, 1980's action flick should have. Weapons, explosions, lots of bad guys and of course, memorable one-liners.

The story is of course a very simple one, Arnie's daughter gets kidnapped in order to blackmail Arnie into killing the president. Arnie takes it upon himself to disobey those orders and starts a one man war to kill everyone & anyone who gets in his way. There is no character development, no emotion, no sub plot, nothing realistic but it sure is entertaining. Now Arnie is in no way shape or form, a good actor but he does his job fantastically in this film. He is not cast to show off his acting skills, he is cast because he is a man-machine with presence and successfully brings a comical aspect to his movies with perfectly timed one-line quotes.

This movie is downright ridiculous. Arnie, jumps from a movie plane during take-off and lands in a knee deep swamp – unhurt. He crashes a car at high speed into a post, without a seatbelt – unhurt. He rips a phone booth out of a wall. He avoids every gunshot, even at close range, the list goes on. Does any of this matter? No! If you are looking for a realistic film then this certainly isn't for you.

The character 'Cindy' is by far the biggest negative in this film. She isn't needed what so ever, Arnie could quite easily have managed on his own. Her attempt at one-liners also go down like a led balloon. The kid is also irritating but thankfully she doesn't get too much screen time.

Brain-dead action movies are certainly not my favourite movie genre. I can however, appreciate that this is a good one! I thoroughly enjoyed watching it but I wouldn't give it a top end rating because of this.

Start the movie, sit back, and enjoy this movie for what it is.


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The shopping mall (Sherman Oaks Galleria) used is the same one that was used in Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991), also starring Arnold Schwarzenegger. Since both films wrapped, the mall has been remodeled.


Cindy: Can you tell me what this is all about?
John Matrix: Yeah, a guy I trusted for years wants me dead.
Cindy: That's understandable. I've only known you for five minutes and I want you dead, too.


Around 1:11:11, during explosions, we see that men are in fact mannequins cause they didn't move.

Alternate Versions

The original UK cinema and video versions were censored by around 15 seconds, and removed the shots where Matrix (Arnold Schwarzenegger) slices off the soldier's arm with the machete as well as Bennett's death to remove a shot of the pipe in his chest and the tracking shot of it sticking from his body. The 2001 UK DVD release retained these cuts and also added a further 44 seconds of distributor cuts; this was because the DVD master used for the UK release was a censored German/Scandinavian version. All cuts were fully waived in 2007 by the BBFC (although it was not released until 2015). The heavily edited 2001 UK DVD version, with a total of 56 seconds removed, was also used as the master for the initial Australian DVD release. In this version additional edits include, but are not limited to:

  • In the opening scene, after Cooke (Bill Duke) has initially shot the man in the robe, he walks over to the body and shoots him again. These second hits have been removed.
  • When Matrix breaks Henriques' (Charles Meshack) neck on the plane, he simply elbows him, and in the next shot, Henrqiues is already dead. The shot of Matrix snapping Henriques neck is gone.
  • The shot of the piece of wood sticking through Cooke's stomach is absent.
  • All close ups of the pole in Bennett's (Vernon Wells) stomach are gone.


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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