Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins ...

  • 1985
  • Movie
  • PG-13
  • Spy

Although it appears unlikely to spawn the sequel for which its title prepares us, REMO WILLIAMS is an above-average thriller, offering a fresh hero based on "The Destroyer" series of novels (at least 120 of which are currently available). A New York City cop (Ward) finds himself shanghaied by a group of American secret agents led by Harold Smith (Brimley)...read more

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Although it appears unlikely to spawn the sequel for which its title prepares us, REMO WILLIAMS is an above-average thriller, offering a fresh hero based on "The Destroyer" series of novels (at least 120 of which are currently available). A New York City cop (Ward) finds himself shanghaied

by a group of American secret agents led by Harold Smith (Brimley) and given a new face and identity. Now known as Remo Williams (the name was taken from a bedpan in a hospital that read "The Williams Company of Remo, Arkansas"), the new agent is placed under the tutelage of a persnickety Korean

martial arts expert, Chiun (Grey), who teaches him the Zen of international intrigue. Using his newly acquired skills, Remo is then assigned to battle an evil arms manufacturer (Cioffi) who is ripping off the US military. This is a silly film, but one that is a lot of fun. Directed by James Bond

veteran Guy Hamilton (GOLDFINGER; THE SPY WHO LOVED ME; MOONRAKER), the movie is a bit uneven because of the amount of time that has to be used in establishing the characters. Because of this, the film is somewhat overlong, and its climax seems almost haphazardly thrown in to keep the length down

to two hours. Ward is fine as the New York City cop who finds himself virtually kidnaped into national service, but it is Grey's performance that gives the film most of its charm, unrecognizable though he is under his four-hour makeup job. The makeup, by Carl Fullerton, received an Oscar

nomination. He and Ward make an appealing team, and it is something of a pity that the movie bombed at the box office and the public will probably never see any further adventures of Remo Williams and his mentor Chiun.

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  • Released: 1985
  • Rating: PG-13
  • Review: Although it appears unlikely to spawn the sequel for which its title prepares us, REMO WILLIAMS is an above-average thriller, offering a fresh hero based on "The Destroyer" series of novels (at least 120 of which are currently available). A New York City c… (more)

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