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A tough Russian policeman is forced to partner up with a cocky Chicago police detective when he is sent to Chicago to apprehend a Georgian drug lord who killed his partner and fled the country.
Arnold Schwarzenegger spent three months learning to speak Russian. Jim Belushi spent two weeks working at a Chicago police district headquarters.
Yeah, and about the chess game, you were right, I was dead in two.
Ivan Danko: It was obvious.
When Ridzik attempts to question Rosta about the key, Rosta says in Russian (according to Danko) "Go and kiss your mother's behind". However, Ridzik tells Gallagher that Rosta told him to f-ck his mother's behind.
In the opening credits certain letters are reversed so as to imitate Russian Cyrillic script. In particular, "Rs" and "Ns" are reversed.
German theatrical version was edited for violence to secure a "Not under 16" rating. Rental VHS (Starlight) was also edited for violence. Retail VHS (Starlight, EuroVideo) included all the violence but missed 9 minutes of dialogue (oddly both versions were rated "Not under 16"). In 1997 the film was re-released by Astro, this time in its uncut form with a "Not under 18" rating (it was advertised as being a "Director's Cut"). DVD (Kinowelt) is also uncut.
$8,133,822 (USA) (19 June 1988)
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