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Predator (1987)

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A team of commandos on a mission in a Central American jungle find themselves hunted by an extraterrestrial warrior.

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John McTiernan
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Arnold Schwarzenegger ... Dutch
Carl Weathers ... Dillon
Elpidia Carrillo ... Anna
Bill Duke ... Mac
Jesse Ventura ... Blain
Sonny Landham ... Billy
Richard Chaves ... Poncho
R.G. Armstrong ... General Phillips
Shane Black ... Hawkins
Kevin Peter Hall ... The Predator / Helicopter Pilot
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Storyline

A team of special force ops, led by a tough but fair soldier, Major "Dutch" Schaefer, are ordered to assist CIA man, Colonel Al Dillon, on a rescue mission for potential survivors of a Helicopter downed over remote South American jungle. Not long after they land, Dutch and his team discover that they have been sent in under false pretenses. This deception turns out to be the least of their worries though, when they find themselves being methodically hunted by something not of this world. Written by Laygz

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If it bleeds, we can kill it... See more »


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R | See all certifications »

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USA | Mexico

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English | Spanish | Russian

Release Date:

12 June 1987 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Alien Hunter See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$12,031,638, 14 June 1987

Gross USA:

$59,735,548

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$98,399,056
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70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints)| Dolby Stereo (35 mm prints) (4 channels)

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Color

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1.85 : 1
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The animal that startles Blain just before he's killed by the Predator is a Mexican tree porcupine. See more »

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The cable wraps tying Anna's wrists. See more »

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[first lines]
Major General Phillips: You're looking good, Dutch.
Dutch: It's been a long time, General.
Major General Phillips: Come on inside.
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All the 7 main cast members re-appear in ascending order as their names are displayed to give a smile to the audience in appreciation. See more »

Alternate Versions

After its theatrical release the film was indexed in Germany by the BPjS (now BPjM) meaning serious business restrictions for the uncut version, such as no advertisement, no mail order and no display in showrooms accessible to minors (however, the movie may be sold in such showrooms if adult buyers specifically ask for it). Therefore the television version and the video version had some major cuts. Almost every violent scene was shortened, some scenes were completely removed (eg the scene where Dillons arm is 'removed'). The DVD was released uncut without a FSK rating but with a SPIO/JK approval. Only in 2010 the film was removed from the index and re-rated "Not under 16" by the FSK. See more »


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Written by Little Richard (as R. Penniman), Enotris Johnson (as E. Johnson) and Robert 'Bumps' Blackwell (as R. Blackwell)
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One of the most effortlessly enjoyable action movies of the 80s
10 September 2018 | by tomgillespie2002See all my reviews

31 years after its original release, it's hard to believe that there was once a time when John McTiernan's Predator wasn't revered as one of the best action movies of the modern era. Critics savaged the film, although now even the stuffiest of critics cannot deny its shamelessly muscly, bullet-spraying, blood-spattering charm. Predator is now held in as equally high regard as McTiernan's other action classic Die Hard - released the following year - and featured Arnold Schwarzenegger at the very top of his game. This was long before the Austrian hulk made a swerve into politics and became the self-parody he is today. The premise is almost offensively simple, but the execution makes this one of the most effortlessly enjoyable action movies of the 1980s. McTiernan knows exactly how to tear a jungle apart with gunfire, and set up his disposable supporting characters for a grisly death.

Special Forces major Dutch Schaefer (Schwarzenegger) is "choppahed" into South America, where is he given a mission to rescue an official who has fallen into the hands of some insurgents. Schaefer and his team - played by Bill Duke, Jesse Ventura, Sonny Landham, Richard Chaves and Shane Black - are met by Schaefer's old Army buddy Dillon (Carl Weathers), and the two greet each other in the most 80s way possible by flexing their oiled and oversized muscles in a manly handshake. As the team venture further into the jungle, it becomes clear that Dillon isn't telling the whole story, and the mission becomes even more difficult when they capture a female hostage named Anna (Elpidia Carrillo). Yet this is far from their biggest problem, as on their tail is an alien with the ability to camouflage itself and see with thermal imaging, backed by an arsenal of powerful extra-terrestrial gadgets and a healthy appetite for the hunt. With the group being picked off one by one by this formidable enemy, Schaefer must get to the extraction point before he becomes another skull in the beast's growing collection of trophies.

The plot can be compared to countless B-movies throughout the years, but what worked for Alien also works for Predator. Take a simple premise, add some budget, bind it together with some good old-fashioned decent film-making, and the result is a timeless classic. Yes, the special effects have dated and most of the actors' stars have somewhat dimmed in the decades since, but Predator is even more of a blast now than it was when I stole my brother's VHS twenty-odd years ago. The sequels, spin-offs and comic-books have gone to great length to explain and develop the Predator's mythology, but McTiernan simply lets the monster do its thing. Played by the 7 ft 2 in Kevin Peter Hall, the Predator's formidable armour, weaponry, stealth and sheer repulsiveness has made it a sci-fi/horror icon. Like the Alien franchise, subsequent movies have felt the need to explain the creature's backstory, damaging their otherworldly mystery in the process, but Predator simply throws him into the mix and lets him loose on our world's finest warriors. With star Shane Black's reboot The Predator set to arrive shortly, now is the perfect time to revisit what drew audiences to the series in the first place, in spite of how your attitude may have soured after those terrible Alien cross-overs and the forgettable third entry from 2010.


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