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Firewalker (1986)

A pair of adventurers try to track down an ancient Aztec/Mayan/Egyptian/Apache hoard of gold.

Director:

J. Lee Thompson

Writers:

Robert Gosnell (story), Jeffrey M. Rosenbaum (story) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Chuck Norris ... Max Donigan
Louis Gossett Jr. ... Leo Porter
Melody Anderson ... Patricia Goodwin
Will Sampson ... Tall Eagle
Sonny Landham ... El Coyote
John Rhys-Davies ... Corky Taylor
Ian Abercrombie ... Boggs
Richard Lee-Sung ... Chinese Man / The General
Zaide Silvia Gutiérrez ... Indian Girl
Álvaro Carcaño Álvaro Carcaño ... Willie
John Hazelwood John Hazelwood ... Tubbs
José Escandón José Escandón ... Co-Pilot
Mario Arévalo Mario Arévalo ... Guerilla Leader
Juan Jaramillo Juan Jaramillo ... Tough Guerilla
Miguel Ángel Fuentes ... Big Man (as Miguel Fuentes)
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Storyline

Max Donigan sets off on a treasure hunt with his friend Leo and newly-acquired partner Patricia, who provided the treasure map. Along the way they encounter a few bar fights, evil "coyotes", and other obstacles they are able to overcome with ease. When they find the temple with the treasure, they also find the Firewalker, who wants to retain the power of his ancestors and put an end to the trio's treasure hunt. In the end, Max and his two friends persevere and return home wealthy. Written by Darryl Schneider <fish2@datanet.ab.ca>

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A pair of down-and-out fortune hunters cash in on high adventure!


Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Hungarian

Release Date:

21 November 1986 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Le temple d'or See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$8,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,130,323, 23 November 1986

Gross USA:

$11,949,484

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$11,949,484
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Ultra Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Chuck Norris and Louis Gossett, Jr. have their stars back to back on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. See more »

Goofs

While Patricia is swimming to shore, Max jumps in and starts swimming. The camera pans back to Patricia and you can still see Max's legs sitting on top of the sinking car. See more »

Quotes

Leo Porter: [Max and Leo are escaping the desert after Max breaks a bottle of water to cut his bindings] The only bottle of water for two hundred miles and you had to break it.
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Alternate Versions

The UK cinema version was cut by 37 secs by the BBFC for a PG certificate to remove shots of a soldier unzipping his trousers before raping a woman and cuts to head and groin kicks. The cuts were restored to 15-rated video releases. See more »

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Lets look for treasure!
5 November 2006 | by lost-in-limboSee all my reviews

Max Donigan and his partner Leo Porter are two soldiers of fortune. Leo is thinking of calling it quits, but when a young lady, Patricia comes by with a map and asks for their help of finding a lost treasure. They take up the task with adventurous results and must face El Coyote, a descendant of Indian priests.

What a team! Chuck Norris, Lou Gossett and Melody Anderson gave this buddy flick much-added spark with their cheerful banter and charismatic persona. "Firewalker" does go for that "Raiders of the Lost Ark" appeal, but only in small doses and in a very cheap foray. The comic book premise is outrageously silly and pure corn, but it's an eventful ride with spontaneous actions making it unpredictable and the mockery was a nice touch. It even walks a fine line between the supernatural / superstitious elements. There's not doubt it's quite childish, far-fetched and it might not be a successful blend, but director J Lee Thompson makes great use of the fiery performances, easy-going script (even though it will make you roll your eyes for most part) and stunning locations, which kept me involved. It took a while before Norris released those infamous skills he bestows, but when in the flow. Watch the damage occur! As Norris is on the job. Gossett chips in with nice array of wisecracks and the two formed a great, side-splitting and believable team. Anderson simply radiates in her quirky role. Sonny Landham makes one hammy villain with a hokey evil laugh. At best these are cartoonish characters with a lot of charm and a growing appeal.

It maybe wasn't as fun as I remembered it to be when I saw it ages ago, but it's a enjoyably lightweight and unpretentious romp with Norris kicking in with his slow motion jump kicks. Oh yeah!


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