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Suburban Commando (1991)

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An interstellar hero from a distant world visits Earth, and tries to fit in with a mundane, yet kind, suburban family.

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Burt Kennedy

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Frank A. Cappello (as Frank Cappello)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Hulk Hogan ... Shep Ramsey
Christopher Lloyd ... Charlie Wilcox
Shelley Duvall ... Jenny Wilcox
Larry Miller ... Adrian Beltz
William Ball William Ball ... Gen. Suitor
Jo Ann Dearing Jo Ann Dearing ... Margie Tanen
Jack Elam ... Col. Dustin 'Dusty' McHowell
Roy Dotrice ... Zanuck
Tony Longo ... Knuckles
Michael Faustino Michael Faustino ... Mark Wilcox
Mark Calaway ... Hutch
Laura Mooney Laura Mooney ... Theresa Wilcox
Dennis Burkley ... Deak
Luis Contreras ... Ringo
Nick Eldredge Nick Eldredge ... President Hashina
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Storyline

Shep Ramsey is an interstellar hero, righting wrongs, et cetera. His ship is damaged after a fight with an interstellar nasty, and he must hide out on Earth until it can recharge. He leaves his power suit at home, but still finds himself unable to allow wrongs to go unrighted, and so mixes it up with bad drivers, offensive paperboys, muggers and the like. Then the family, with which he's staying, finds his power suit, and the father tries it on. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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In a galaxy not so far far away... The greatest warrior in the galaxy Shep Ramsay has he continues to face the forces of evil, now embarks on his greatest adventure on the planet Earth, as he goes to live among the Wilcox family, as well as going up against his arch enemy General Suitor. See more »

Genres:

Action | Comedy | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 October 1991 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Urban Commando See more »

Filming Locations:

California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,947,744, 6 October 1991

Gross USA:

$6,948,859

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$6,948,859
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Company Credits

Production Co:

New Line Cinema See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Originally titled "Urban Commando", and intended for Danny DeVito as Charlie Wilcox and Arnold Schwarzenegger as Shep Ramsey. When these two opted to make Twins (1988), the script was bought by New Line Cinema as the follow-up to their highly successful Hulk Hogan film, No Holds Barred (1989). See more »

Goofs

When Charlie accidentally fires Ramsey's phaser gun, he looks through the hole in the wall and the neighbor's red funny car is shown engulfed in flames. But the next day when he comes home from work, the guys are working on it in their driveway as if nothing happened to it, and the car appears to be unharmed. See more »

Quotes

Shep Ramsey: Anti-freeze!
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Almost Like Paradise
Written and Produced by David Michael Frank and Robert Jason
Performed by Robert Jason
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Harmless, painless formula movie, with a handful of solid gags
5 April 2001 | by leaping 1See all my reviews

It's a peculiar badge of cinematic honour to be the least-worst Hulk Hogan movie of all time. Hulk plays some sort of super-powerful alien who, in coming to Earth on whatever Universe-saving mission he's on, becomes involved with a suburban US family.

Such fun as the movie has is in the alien's attempts to deal with the frustrations, annoyances and rules of suburban life. The pleasant surprise for those who come to "Suburban Commando" without unsustainable expectations of seeing anything remotely resembling a classic is that this material - Superhero Hulkster dealing with normal suburban irritations - is pretty well-handled, with a few big, satisfying laughs, and not without an element of satire.

Whether it's the director or whoever, someone babied Hogan through this one, since the film plays to his strengths (ie he coasts on the natural screen charisma that made him a star in pro wrestling), and avoids his weaknesses (ie acting) that are copiously evident in other Hogan movies.

Otherwise, the remedial comic book plot tends to take over, which is endurable but no particular fun, and Christopher Lloyd has one of his bad days at the office as the suburban family's father. Wrestling fans shouldn't struggle to spot Mark Calloway (aka the WWF's Undertaker) and might even pick up Hogan's high school buddy Ed Leslie (Brutus Beefcake).

Most of the good stuff's in the first half hour or so, from memory. If you're partial to some simple but effective comedy on the theme of familiar irritants in suburban life, you might get a rise out of at least that much of the movie. For what it is, "Suburban Commando" is ok.


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