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Predator

1987

John McTiernan
Director
20th Century Fox Film Corporation
Production Company

Special Forces team led by Schwarzenegger are ordered to assist the CIA on a rescue mission in the Central American country of Val Verde (the fake country studios in the 80s used to avoid offending real third world countries). The team soon discovers they are there under false pretenses, but that is the least of their worries, as something is hunting them, something they can’t see. . .

One of the best films of the golden age of action films, a clever mix of 50s sci-fi and gunplay-heavy action that was the mainstay of this decade. Hard to believe it received such harsh reviews on first release (read Roger Ebert’s original review; it shows that you didn’t need to actually pay attention to the plot to write movie reviews). Followed by two sequels, Predator 2 (1990), of which I am in the minority in thinking is equal to the first, and Predators (2010), which wasn’t very good. Also a couple Aliens vs. Predator movies, which smothered a great concept in unremitting mediocrity.

Note: Character names are from the novel. IMDb and Wikipedia insist on calling Weathers’ character ‘George Dillon,’ but he is called ‘Al Dillon’ in the novel, and that trumps whatever those two oh-so-authoritative sources say. I’m probably the only person who cares, though :P

-Dave W.



12th June 1987
Cinema






1st January 1988
Cinema





Predator (Old Version)
3rd November 1998
DVD




1.85:1

Predator (DTS)
26th December 2000
DVD



107 mins
1.85:1


3rd June 2002
DVD




1.85:1


10th August 2004
DVD



106 mins
1.85:1


15th April 2008
Blu-Ray



106 mins
1.85:1


29th June 2010
Blu-Ray




1.85:1
Amazon




Arnold Schwarzenegger
Major Alan 'Dutch' Schaefer
Carl Weathers
Colonel Al Dillon
Elpidia Carrillo
Anna Gonsalves
Bill Duke
Sergeant 'Mac' Eliot
Jesse Ventura
Sergeant Blain Cooper
Sonny Landham
Billy Sole
Richard Chaves
Jorge 'Poncho' Ramirez
R.G. Armstrong
Major General Homer Phillips
Kevin Peter Hall
The Predator
Shane Black
Rick Hawkins
Steve Boyum
Executed Hostage
(uncredited)
Unknown 15150-01
Guerilla
Unknown 15150-02
Guerilla
Unknown 15150-08
Guerilla
Unknown 15150-09
Guerilla
Unknown 15150-010
Guerilla
Henry Kingi
Guerilla Blown Up in Truck
(uncredited)
Unknown 15150-03
Guerilla Starting Helicopter
Unknown 15150-05
Guerilla Helicopter Pilot
Unknown 15150-06
Guerilla
William H. Burton Jr.
Guerilla Sniper Shout Out of Tree by Blain
(uncredited)
Unknown 15150-07
Guerilla
("Stick around")
Sven-Ole Thorsen
Soviet Advisor
(uncredited)
Kevin Peter Hall
Rescue Helicopter Pilot
(uncredited)
Peter Cullen
Voice: The Predator
(uncredited)
Craig R. Baxley
Stunt Coordinator
Gerardo Albarrán
Stunts
(as Gerardo Moreno)
Gregory J. Barnett
Stunts
Stunt Double: Sonny Landham
(as Gregory Barnett)
Bobby Bass
Stunts
Gary Baxley
Stunts
Manuel Benítez
Additional Stunts
Steve Boyum
Stunts
Jophery C. Brown
Stunts
(as Jophery Brown)
Tony Brubaker
Stunts
William H. Burton Jr.
Stunts
Steven Chambers
Stunts
Doug Coleman
Stunts
Ángel de la Peña García
Additional Stunts
(as Angel De La Pena)
Alejandro de la Peña
Additional Stunts
(as Alejandro De La Pena)
Leon Delaney
Stunts
David Drazes
Stunts
David Efron
Stunts
(as Dave Efron)
Robert Hammond
Stunts
Norman Howell
Stunts
Richard Humphreys
Stunts
Sergio Kato
Stunts
Peter Kent
Stunts
Stunt Double: Arnold Schwarzenegger
Henry Kingi
Stunts
Joel Kramer
Stunts
Stunt Double: Arnold Schwarzenegger
Mauricio Martinez
Additional Stunts
Raul Martinez
Additional Stunts
Gabriela Moreno
Additional Stunts
Noe Rolando Smith
Additional Stunts
Eric Valdez
Additional Stunts
Jack Verbois
Stunts
Monty Jordan
Stunt Double: Jesse Ventura
Stunt Pilot
(uncredited)
Brian Simpson
Stunt Double
(uncredited)
Eddie L. Watkins
Stunts (uncredited)

Dave Wright: Screencaps & Notes