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Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins (1985)

An officially "dead" cop is trained to become an extraordinary unique assassin in service of the US President.

Director:

Guy Hamilton

Writers:

Richard Sapir (novel), Warren Murphy (novel) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Fred Ward ... Remo Williams
Joel Grey ... Chiun
Wilford Brimley ... Harold Smith
J.A. Preston ... Conn MacCleary
George Coe ... Gen. Scott Watson
Charles Cioffi ... George Grove
Kate Mulgrew ... Maj. Rayner Fleming
Patrick Kilpatrick ... Stone
Michael Pataki ... Jim Wilson
Davenia McFadden Davenia McFadden ... N.Y. Traffic Control Cop
Cosie Costa Cosie Costa ... Pvt. Damico
J.P. Romano J.P. Romano ... Boomer #1
Joel Kramer ... Boomer #2 (as Joel J. Kramer)
Frank Ferrara ... Boomer #3
Marv Albert ... Sports Announcer (voice)
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Storyline

An NYPD cop is 'killed' in an accident. The death is faked, and he is inducted into the organization CURE, dedicated to preserving the constitution by working outside of it. Remo is to become the enforcement wing (assassin) of CURE, and learns an ancient Korean martial art from Chiun, the Master of Sinanju. Based on the popular pulp series "The Destroyer," by Richard Sapir and Warren Murphy. Written by Ed Sutton <esutton@mindspring.com>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

It's going to take a dead man to save the country...from a death merchant's dream of destruction! See more »


Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Official Sites:

MGM

Country:

USA | Mexico

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 October 1985 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Remo: The Adventure Begins... See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,376,971, 14 October 1985

Gross USA:

$14,393,902

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$14,393,902
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Bruce Willis, a young unknown at the time, was considered for the lead male title character role of Remo Williams, which in the end was cast with actor Fred Ward. See more »

Goofs

When Remo practices jumping across the apartment, support wires are visible. See more »

Quotes

Gen. Scott Watson: So listen to this, George. Lyman four-putts. Four-putts, mind you. I thought he'd have a stroke. And I'd have claimed it if he had.
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Alternate Versions

UK cinema and video versions were cut by 35 secs by the BBFC with edits to kicks and blows during the opening fight scene. The cuts are restored in the MGM DVD release. See more »

Connections

Followed by Remo Williams: The Prophecy (1988) See more »

Soundtracks

Remo's Theme (What If)
Performed by Tommy Shaw
Written by Tommy Shaw and Richie Cannata
Courtesy of A&M Records, Inc.
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Fun, Fun, Fun
9 August 2001 | by DerrickFerguson1See all my reviews

I'm not sure, but I bet that if one were to do research on the most shown film on cable/satellite,REMO WILLIAMS would be in the top three. It seems like every month its being shown on Cinemax or The Movie Channel. But that's okay, as long as they keep showing it, I'll keep watching it.

I've read complaints about the movie's bad guy not being bad enough and the story not being big enough and to that, I say hogwash. Not every movie has to have the hero saving mankind from global destruction and Remo's mission may not be global, but its entertaining fun nonetheless. This is a movie best enjoyed on a slow Saturday afternoon when you don't feel like going out and just want to zone out for a few..

Put this one in your VCR and enjoy the absolutely wonderful score by Craig Safan (this movie's got one the best theme songs I've ever heard)The interplay between Fred Ward and Joel Grey (their dialog is side-splittingly funny at times, especially Grey's one-liners) and a pre-Star Trek: Voyager Kate Mulgrew.


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