Red Scorpion

  • 1989
  • Movie
  • R
  • Action

Drought-ridden Africa is the setting for this actioner, in which Lt. Nikolai (Dolph Lundgren), a Soviet special forces "killing machine," is sent to an Angola-like nation with orders to assassinate a rebel leader who's causing problems for Cuban forces occupying the country. Botching the job, he pays for his failure when the Cubans torture him by sticking...read more

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Drought-ridden Africa is the setting for this actioner, in which Lt. Nikolai (Dolph Lundgren), a Soviet special forces "killing machine," is sent to an Angola-like nation with orders to assassinate a rebel leader who's causing problems for Cuban forces occupying the country. Botching the

job, he pays for his failure when the Cubans torture him by sticking long needles into his body, then escapes into the desert, is stung by a scorpion there, and is nursed back to health by a bushman (Regopstaan) who tattoos the image of a scorpion on Nikolai's chest. All this prompts the Soviet's

political conversion, and when he returns to the rebels' camp, it's to lead them to victory over their oppressors. RED SCORPION is not bad as commie-bashing action films go, with good direction from Joseph Zito in the battle scenes, and some nice acting from M. Emmet Walsh and Al White. (Lundgren,

of course, is even less a thespian than Arnold Schwarzenegger, Chuck Norris, or Sylvester Stallone, his nemesis in ROCKY IV.) In the end, however, the film offers little that hasn't been seen in countless others of its ilk, and the twist of making the hero a Russian is hardly enough extend RED

SCORPION's appeal beyond the audience of hardcore action fans.

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  • Released: 1989
  • Rating: R
  • Review: Drought-ridden Africa is the setting for this actioner, in which Lt. Nikolai (Dolph Lundgren), a Soviet special forces "killing machine," is sent to an Angola-like nation with orders to assassinate a rebel leader who's causing problems for Cuban forces occ… (more)

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