Taglines: Nothing like it has ever been on earth before.
A team of special force ops, led by a tough but fair soldier, Major “Dutch” Schaefer, are ordered in to assist CIA man, George Dillon, on a rescue mission for potential survivors of a Helicopter downed over remote South American jungle. Not long after they land, Dutch and his team discover that they have been sent in under false pretenses. This deception turns out to be the least of their worries though, when they find themselves being methodically hunted by something not of this world.
Predator is a 1987 American science fiction film directed by John McTiernan. It stars Arnold Schwarzenegger as the leader of an elite special forces team who are on a mission to rescue hostages from guerrilla territory in Central America. Kevin Peter Hall co-stars as the titular antagonist, a technologically advanced form of extraterrestrial life secretly stalking and hunting the group. Predator was written by Jim and John Thomas in 1985, under the working title of Hunter. Filming began in April 1986 and creature effects were devised by Stan Winston.
The film’s budget was around $15 million. 20th Century Fox released it in the United States on June 12, 1987, where it grossed $59,735,548. Initial critical reaction was mixed; criticism focused on the thin plot. In subsequent years, critics’ attitudes toward the film became positive, and it has appeared on a number of “best of” lists. It spawned two sequels, Predator 2 (1990) and Predators (2010), and two crossover films with the Alien franchise, Alien vs. Predator (2004) and Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem (2007). Another film, The Predator, is scheduled for 2018.
Directed by: John McTiernan
Starring: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Carl Weathers, Kevin Peter Hall, Elpidia Carrillo, Bill Duke, Jesse Ventura, Sonny Landham, Shane Black, Richard Chaves, Steve Boyum
Screenplay by: Jim Thomas, John Thomas
Production Design by: John Vallone
Cinematography by: Donald McAlpine
Film Editing by: Mark Helfrich, John F. Link
Costume Design by: Marilyn Vance
Set Decoration by: Enrique Estévez
Art Direction by: Frank Richwood, Jorge Sainz
Music by: Alan Silvestri
Distributed by: 20th Century Fox
Release Date: June 12, 1987