Taglines: Somewhere… somehow… someone’s going to pay.
A retired special agent named John Matrix led an elite unit and has left the armed forces to live in a secluded mountain home with his daughter Jenny. But now he is forced out of retirement when his daughter is kidnapped by a band of thugs intent on revenge! Unbeknownst to Matrix, the members of his former unit are being killed one by one. Even though Matrix’ friend General Franklin Kirby gives Matrix armed guards, attackers manage to kidnap Matrix and Jenny.
Matrix learns that Bennett, a former member of his Matrix’ unit who was presumed dead has kidnapped him to try to force Matrix to do a political assassination for a man called Arius (who calls himself El Presidente), a warlord formerly bested by Matrix who wishes to lead a military coup in his home country. Since Arius will have Jenny killed if Matrix refuses, Matrix reluctantly accepts the demand.
Commando is a 1985 American action film directed by Mark L. Lester, and starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Alyssa Milano, Rae Dawn Chong, Dan Hedaya, Chelsea Field, Vernon Wells, James Olson and Sharon Wyatt. The film was released in the United States on October 4, 1985. The film was nominated for a Saturn Award for Best Special Effects but lost to Back to the Future. The film’s score was provided by James Horner. A critical success and commercial hit, Commando was the 7th highest-grossing R-rated movie of 1985 worldwide, and the 25th highest-grossing overall.
About the Story
Retired Delta Force operator Colonel John Matrix is informed by his former superior Major General Franklin Kirby that all the other members of his former unit have been killed by unknown mercenaries. The mercenaries, among them Bennett, an Australian ex-member of Matrix’s team fired for unknown reasons, attack Matrix’s secluded mountain home and kidnap Matrix’s young daughter Jenny.
While trying to intercept them, Matrix is also overpowered and abducted by the mercenaries. He is taken before their leader, Arius, a South American former dictator who needs Matrix to carry out a political assassination in his home country of Val Verde, where Arius wishes to lead a military coup. Matrix previously led a United States-backed revolution that deposed Arius, who has chosen Matrix because the new US-puppet president trusts him implicitly. With Jenny’s life on the line, Matrix reluctantly accepts the demand.
After boarding a plane to Val Verde, Matrix manages to kill his guard, Henriques, and jumps from the plane just as it is taking off. With approximately 11 hours, he sets out after another of Arius’ men, Sully. He enlists the aid of an off-duty flight attendant, Cindy, and instructs her to follow Sully to a shopping mall. Cindy first assumes that Matrix is a maniac, but after she sees Sully pull a gun on Matrix in the ensuing fight, she has a change of heart and henceforth assists him in his endeavor.
After a lengthy car chase, Matrix catches up with Sully and drops him off a cliff to his death. Taking a motel key from Sully’s jacket, Matrix tracks down and confronts Cooke, a former Green Beret in Arius’ employ. He kills Cooke after a lengthy fight and learns where Jenny is being held after searching Cooke’s car.
Directed by: Mark L. Lester
Starring: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Alyssa Milano, Rae Dawn Chong, Dan Hedaya, Chelsea Field, Vernon Wells, James Olson, Sharon Wyatt
Screenplay by: Steven E. de Souza
Production Design by: John Vallone
Cinematography by: Matthew F. Leonetti
Film Editing by: Glenn Farr, Mark Goldblatt, John F. Link
Set Decoration by: Robert Gould
Music by: James Horner
Distributed by: 20th Century Fox
Release Date: October 4, 1985