R | | Action, Adventure
When Colombian revolutionaries kidnap an American engineer, his brother and friends, faced with official inaction, hire a mercenary and mount the rescue operation themselves.
Although neither Las Vegas nor Alabama figures in the plot, these two areas did play a special role in the film. Robert Duvall (Shrike), the mercenary hired by the plumbers to guide their rescue mission, to prepare for his part in the movie, visited Las Vegas to attend a convention held by Soldier of Fortune Magazine, the Bible of mercenaries, weekend soldiers, and weapon afficionados. There, Duvall had a chance to familiarize himself with the firearms and knives used by mercenaries, meet the men who have devoted their lives to fighting counterinsurgency and guerrilla wars, and pick their brains for ideas. Duvall also made a special trip to a mercenary camp in Alabama, where he had a chance to observe these professionals in action as they trained for future combat. One of the outcomes of these trips was a new look, including a shaven head, and a new catalogue of mannerisms, which Duvall brought to the film with stunningly realistic results.
The Indians say that if you spit after a close call, you'll be protected in the future.