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Predator [1987] (2 discs)

Director:John McTiernan
Writer:Jim Thomas
John Thomas
Composer:Alan Silvestri
Length:107 minutes
(1 hour 47 minutes)
MPAA Rating:R
Suggested Event Use:Halloween
Sorting Category:Susp/Hor
IMDB Rating:7.8/10
Rotten Tomatoes Rating:76%
Amazon Rating:4.5/5 stars
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Synopsis: A rescue mission into the jungle runs afoul of an intergalactic trophy hunter.

Reaction: A classic movie in the sci-fi/action genre. John McTiernan is effective as always.

Personal Rating: 8/10

"Get to da choppa!"

Select Cast and Crew
John McTiernan => Director
Jim Thomas => Writer
John Thomas => Writer
Alan Silvestri => Composer
Arnold Schwarzenegger => Dutch
Bill Duke => Mac
Carl Weathers => Dillon
Elpidia Carrillo => Anna
Jesse Ventura => Blain
Kevin Peter Hall => The Predator / Helicopter Pilot
Peter Cullen => The Predator (voice) (uncredited)
R.G. Armstrong => General Phillips
Richard Chaves => Poncho
Shane Black => Hawkins
Sonny Landham => Billy

Random Trivia For This Title:

  • Arnold Schwarzenegger lost over 25 pounds before filming began in order to better fit the role of a special warfare operative, who would be lean as well as muscular.
  • The predator's blood - a goopy substance with the color of Mountain Dew - was made on-set using a mixture of the liquid from inside glow sticks, and KY jelly.
  • Due to health and safety regulations, Arnold Schwarzenegger was not allowed to light his cigar inside the helicopter near the beginning of the film. As a result the glow was added optically in post-production.
  • Two of the actors portraying commandos besieged by the Predator have been elected to state governorships: Jesse Ventura (Independent) was elected Governor of Minnesota in 1998, and Arnold Schwarzenegger (Republican) was elected Governor of California in a hotly-contested recall election in 2003. In addition, Sonny Landham (Republican) ran an unsuccessful campaign for Governor of Kentucky in 2003.
  • Sonny Landham was hired to work on this film, but on one condition: the insurance company insisted on a round-the-clock bodyguard for Landham, not to protect the actor, but to protect everyone else from the actor (who was prone to bar fights, etc.).
  • John McTiernan broke his wrist while on location, but kept working.
  • An attempt was made to get shots of the Predator swinging from tree to tree using a monkey in a red special-effects suit. However, the monkey kept removing the suit and the idea was abandoned.
  • The mandibles of the predator were the idea of James Cameron.
  • Arnold Schwarzenegger noted that filming the climatic fight was made difficult by the fact that the late Kevin Peter Hall, who played the Predator, couldn't see through his mask.
  • All of the actors are wearing Vietnam surplus canvas load bearing gear, not the more modern (i.e. post 1967) nylon gear.