Operation Condor

  • 1991
  • Movie
  • PG-13
  • Action, Comedy

Joining the recent U.S. releases of FIRST STRIKE, SUPERCOP and RUMBLE IN THE BRONX, this 1991 sequel to Hong Kong martial-artist Jackie Chan's 1986 Indiana Jones-inspired ARMOUR OF GOD is another giant step in his conquest of America. And it's exactly the kind of film that helped make him a international superstar, a knockabout comedy built around astonishing,...read more

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Joining the recent U.S. releases of FIRST STRIKE, SUPERCOP and RUMBLE IN THE BRONX, this 1991 sequel to Hong Kong martial-artist Jackie Chan's 1986 Indiana Jones-inspired ARMOUR OF GOD is another giant step in his conquest of America. And it's exactly

the kind of film that helped make him a international superstar, a knockabout comedy built around astonishing, technically mind-boggling stunts on the one hand and Chan's goofy, put-upon, everyman persona on the other. Jackie (Chan), a professional adventurer, is enlisted to recover a fortune in

Nazi gold that was hidden somewhere in the Sahara desert during World War II. With the help of a Benetton ad trio of women -- German Elsa (Eva Cobo de Garcia), Chinese Ada (Carol Cheng) and Muslim Monoko (Shoko Ikeda), who comes with a pet scorpion named Ding-Ding -- Jackie must evade bumbling

Arab terrorists, mercenaries led by crippled ex-Nazi Adolf (Alfred Brel Sanchez, and no, not that Adolf) and hostile desert natives while figuring out where the buried bunker lies. The James Bond-like ad campaign designed for the film's U.S. release notwithstanding, this is no slick,

high-tech spy thriller. The emphasis is on slapstick, starting with Chan's escape from pissed-off cave people in a giant, inflatable sphere that gets bounced down a very tall hill and concluding with a farcical hand-to-hand battle in a wind tunnel. It's marred by some crude Arab stereotypes

(the New York premiere was picketed), treats the women with casual brutally and doesn't always make a whole lot of sense, though it hasn't been trimmed extensively. Chan prides himself on making family movies, and though there's more nudity and sexual innuendo than in most of his films, it's all

played for broad laughs. For its U.S. release, the picture has been dubbed into English and given a slick new opening-credits sequence; the original Chirs Babida score has also been replaced by fairly generic action-movie music by Stephen Endelman.

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  • Released: 1991
  • Rating: PG-13
  • Review: Joining the recent U.S. releases of FIRST STRIKE, SUPERCOP and RUMBLE IN THE BRONX, this 1991 sequel to Hong Kong martial-artist Jackie Chan's 1986 Indiana Jones-inspired ARMOUR OF GOD is another giant step in his conquest of America. And it's exactly the… (more)

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