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Soldier (1998)

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A soldier trained from birth is deemed obsolete and dumped on a waste planet where he is reluctantly taken in by a community of defenseless, stranded wayfarers.

Director:

Paul W.S. Anderson (as Paul Anderson)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kurt Russell ... Todd 3465
Jason Scott Lee ... Caine 607
Jason Isaacs ... Colonel Mekum
Connie Nielsen ... Sandra
Sean Pertwee ... Mace
Jared Thorne Jared Thorne ... Nathan
Taylor Thorne Taylor Thorne ... Nathan
Mark Bringelson ... Rubrick
Gary Busey ... Church
K.K. Dodds ... Sloan
James Black ... Riley
Mark De Alessandro ... Goines
Vladimir Orlov ... Romero
Carsten Norgaard ... Green
Duffy Gaver ... Chelsey
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Storyline

In a futuristic society, some people are selected at birth to become soldiers, and trained in such a manner that they become inhuman killing machines. One of the most succesfull and older of these soldiers (Russell) is pitted against a new breed of soldiers, and after the confrontation is believed to be dead. His body is left behind in a semi-abandoned colonial planet, where everything is peaceful, and he is taught about the other aspects of life. But eventually he has to fight the new breed of soldiers again, this time to defend his new home... Written by Parca Mortem <icy_shadow@rocketmail.com>

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Left for dead on a remote planet for obsolete machines and people, a fallen hero has one last battle to fight

Genres:

Action | Drama | Sci-Fi

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong violence and brief language | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

Warner Bros.

Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 October 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Soldier See more »

Filming Locations:

Burbank, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$60,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,447,237, 25 October 1998, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$14,567,883, 6 December 1998
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DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Kurt Russell had stated that a sequel had been planned, had the film done well. See more »

Goofs

They wouldn't pressurize the hold of the P376 for mere scrap metal, yet Sergeant Todd survives a fairly long trip to Arcadia 234 in a hold with no oxygen. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Female Voice: [to audience of very young boys] A soldier does not speak until spoken to by a superior officer. A soldier shows no mercy. Mercy is weakness. Weakness is death. A soldier...
[squealing pig led in for slaughter]
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Alternate Versions

Although rated "Not under 18" by the FSK in Germany, this version still contains numerous cuts to reduce violence. The "Not under 16" version removes or shortens nearly every violent part. See more »

Connections

References Shane (1953) See more »

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The Flowing Bowl
Traditional Arranged by Solas
Courtesy of Shanachie Entertainment Corp.
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Russell kicks ass. Terrific fun.

Before poor Paul W.S. Anderson made a fatal misstep with Alien Vs. Predator and was maligned, he made a few really excellent genre flicks back in the mid to late 90's, one of them being the mostly forgotten and excessively fun Soldier, starring a mostly mute and wholly badass Kurt Russell as a genetically bred super soldier who has fallen on hard times. His name is Todd 3465, and he's from the last line of soldiers who are in fact real humans, albeit altered. There's a new program moving in, wherein actual replicants are produced, rendering Todd obsolete. The head of the new outfit is sadistic Colonel Mekum (Jason Isaacs in full evil prick mode), who wants to do away with anything that isn't state of the art. Todd is thrashed in a one on one smackdown with Mekum's lead soldier (Jason Scott Lee), and then left to die on a remote planet used only for trash disposal and inhabited by wayward crash survivors who scavenge what they can. Todd is immediately the outsider, an unfeeling asset bred only for combat and alien to human qualities. A few among the group, including their leader Mace (Anderson regular Sean Pertwee) and Jimmy Pig (Michael Chicklis) attempt to connect, but it's gorgeous Connie Nielsen who finally breaks the ice. He may be conditioned to kill, but he's still a human man after all, and there's some base instincts you just can't ignore. Trouble brews when Mekum shows up again, that bastard. Now he wants to vaporize their planet on the grounds that the refugees are essentially squatting. Undermining him is Todd's former boss Church (an unusually restrained Gary Busey), an honorable military veteran who'd love to put Mekum six feet under and restore order. Todd must help his newfound friends, fight tooth and nail against replicants and win his superiority back. Russell is a tank in the role, letting both silence and action speak volumes, a one man old school ass kicking hero of the highest order. The world building and outer space effects are incredibly fun, the villains are broadly characterized with the force of a western, and the whole film knows what people want for a good time at the cinema. Oohh and fun fact: this takes place in the same cinematic universe as Blade Runner, and you can listen for the brief tie in reference that only die hards will pick up on. Great stuff.


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