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Arnie: His Biggest Roles – From Red Sonja to Red Dawn: Arnie’s Finest Hours

He’s played everything from an indestructible cyborg from the future in The Terminator movies, to a Russian cop in Red Heat, through to the mighty barbarian in Red Sonja—the unmistakable, cinematic force that’s a former bodybuilder, Ernie Schwarzenegger, who is a former bodybuilder. The individual has become the cinematic industry, whose films, be they fantasy adventure, out-and-out action or science fiction thriller, have always packed a punch at the box office.

To celebrate the release of RED SONJA on UHD and 4K Blu-ray and DVD on July 18th from the studio, as well as Arnie’s 75th birthday this July, here are some of the best action classics starring the man himself.

Lal Sonia (1985)

In this adaptation of the story by Conan author Robert E. Howard, Brigitte Nielsen (Rocky IV) stars as the iconic, flame-haired heroine who seeks revenge for the death of her family after being given extraordinary powers by a mysterious vision. leaves for. On her way to find the tyrannical Queen Gedren, played by Sandhal Bergman (Conan the Barbarian), she meets Kalidor (Schwarzenegger), a powerful stranger, to whom she refuses to accept help.

Key Scene: Sonja tells Kalidor that no man can find her unless they kill her in a sword fight. Kalidor challenges him to a fight in the jungle. Sonja’s fighting skills – which include backflips and leaps – affect Kalidor. They both start to tire – but will Kalidor be able to win and also win Sonja’s heart?

Tagline: “Heroes of our times. forever”

Critical Consensus: “If You’re in for a tussle of muscle, mayhem and steel, Red Sonja will satisfy” Eye for Film

Commando (1985)

Ernie John is the Matrix, a retired Special Forces colonel whose daughter has been kidnapped by a former member of his unit, in order to commit a political assassination on Arius’s behalf as a way to force the Matrix to come out of retirement. as kidnapping. Matrix, the former dictator of South America, was removed from power. Naturally, the Matrix will stop at nothing – and that means nothing – to get its daughter back.

Key scenes: The final set piece in Commando, where the Matrix is ​​tooled and dabbed on cameo paint and attacks Arius’ army at the villain’s island villa, is sheer, unadulterated carnage. Appropriately his character is called the Matrix, dodges as many bullets as he can!

Tagline: “Somewhere… Somehow… Somebody is going to pay”

Critical consensus: “It’s hard not to enjoy this fast-paced comic thriller” BBCi-Films

Raw Deal (1986)

Former FBI agent Mark Kaminsky (Ernie) was forced to leave the bureau because of his extreme cruelty. When someone needs to infiltrate the Luigi Petrovita (Sam Wanamaker) crime organization in Chicago, Kaminsky is given a second chance by FBI man Harry Shannon (Darren McGavin). He agrees to take a job as Petrovita’s bodyguard and destroy the mob from within.

Key scene: In order to infiltrate the crowd, Kaminsky poses as a criminal, and has a meeting with Petrovita’s right-hand man at a private gambling club. Once inside Rocca’s inner sanctum, Kaminsky must hold his nerves, cool off with ice, and prove he’s better at ‘taking care of things’ than Rocca’s own heavyweight Max Keller (Robert Davey). Is.

Tagline: “The government gave them a raw deal. Nobody gives him the raw deal. ,

The Critical Consensus: “It Gives Every Punch Up Its Promise” The New York Times

hunter (1987)

Schwarzenegger plays Dutch, the leader of an elite military rescue team who is helicoptered into a South American rainforest on a covert mission. unknown to themCruel‘ is in the area, and it’s in the mood to hunt some humans. A massively strong alien, armed with lasers and the ability to become invisible, the Predator begins to pick up Dutch’s crew one by one.

Key Scene: Running out of ways to kill the alien, Dutch decides to play it at his own game, and goes invisible. He disguises himself – as a tree! Covered in body-temperature-cooling mud to avoid the creature’s heat-sensitive gaze, he blends into the moss bark, waiting with bated breath beside the giant, seemingly indestructible creature. .

Tagline: “If it bleeds, we can kill it…”

Critical Consensus: “The ever-more-serious death sequences and impressive special effects.” Diversity

Red Heat (1988)

In Walter Hill’s action-packed buddy film, Schwarzenegger plays Captain Ivan ‘Iron Jaws’ Danko, a Moscow policeman. He follows the trail of Russian drug dealer Viktor Rostavili in the United States when he is attacked by a gang of dealers. When Rostavli flees, an American cop is killed. Danko teams up with the dead cop’s partner (James Belushi) to accomplish his mission, but the resulting culture clash between East and West causes various hilarious problems.

Key Scene: At the beginning of the film, Danko enters a Russian bar and attempts to arrest Rostavili and his accomplices. The gang insists that they have done nothing wrong, and are ready to leave, when Danko grabs one of them and tears his leg! It turned out to be a false leg, loaded with cocaine – which means the gang is rumbling, and the shots are fired.

Tagline: “Moscow’s toughest detective. Chicago’s craziest cop. The only thing more dangerous than making them mad…making them partners.”

Serious Consensus: “Schwarzenegger Is Right On Target, And Belushi Proves An Instant Silver Foil” Variety

Total Recall (1990)

2084. Quaid (Ernie Schwarzenegger) is haunted every night by a dream that he is on Mars in search of the beautiful Melina. He goes against the wishes of his wife, Lori, and visits the recall laboratories. He claims they can help his dream come true by offering him an adventurous journey through his mind with a powerful hallucinogenic drug. But the experience has unpredictable consequences, the drug awakens a memory that had been erased from Quaid’s mind. In fact, he is not Quaid, he is a dangerous terrorist fighting against a Martian dictator, Lori is not his wife. He is an enemy agent and the Red Planet is at the center of a terrifying conspiracy. Quaid is constantly pursued by ruthless assassins and he travels to Mars where other memories and other dangers await him, including Melina, the woman of his dreams.

Key Scene: Quaid is gunned down as he enters his apartment – only to find that his wife, played by Sharon Stone, is attacking him. She reveals that their marriage is actually a memory implant. It’s hard to know what upsets Quaid more—this revelation or his powerful high kicks.

Tagline: “Get ready for the ride of your life”

Critical Consent: “An Action Classic – Shocking and Exciting” BBCi-Films

Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)

In 1997, the survivors of the nuclear apocalypse fought a ruthless war against the robots and machines they had created. Two “cyborgs” are sent into the past, to eventually kill John Connor, the leader of the Human Resistance. His mission: kill Connor when he is a child. The first model of the “Terminator” series failed in 1984. The second model, made of volatile liquid, is more advanced and traces the child and her mother, Sarah, to the 1990s. The Men of the Future have sent a Terminator (played by Ernie) to protect young Connor. The duel between the robots will take on Titanic dimensions. While the child teaches the Terminator about humanity, his mother tries to stop the creation of the first intelligent machines. With Terminator they are educated that they will fight to change the future.

Key Scene: In a replay of the first appearance of The Terminator in James Cameron’s original film from 1983 – where a naked Arnie encounters a gang of hooligans, and he takes off his clothes – this time he is confronted by a scary gang. Wardrobe meets bikers in your biker bar. And also uses one of his motorbikes for transportation!

Tagline: “It’s Nothing Personal”

Serious Consensus: “Imagine Things You Wouldn’t Even Dreamed About” San Francisco Chronicle

Red Sonja is released on July 18 on UHD 4K Blu-ray, Blu-ray, limited edition Steelbook and DVD


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