The Expendables (1988)


The Expendables is a 1988 action film directed by Cirio H. Santiago.


The movie is a Vietnam exploitation film where a commando makes an elite team out of rebels. The men are trouble makers and rebels, but are able to perform well. The men are sent out to blow up a bridge and manage to destroy the North Vietnamese Army (NVA) guards. However, another NVA force arrives and an all out battle commences. During the battle, two of the men are killed, but the team kills off all of the NVA reinforcements and captures their leader.

The team is next sent on another mission to capture two village women, and then another to destroy an enemy base where another member is killed. They kill all of the NVA forces in the base, but their mission gets tougher when a prisoner escapes and captures American women and holds them hostage. The NVA splits up into two forces: one at an old fort and the other to ambush the team as it arrives.

Despite the NVA plan of ambush, the NVA are wiped out, but they manage to kill two of the women and one of the special squad. Realising that there is little time, the squad goes on with their mission and finds the fort. Their squad leader goes inside the fort to recon and is captured. The squad decides to go in and rescue him, the POW girls, and kill the NVA leader.

Production & Filming Details

  • Director: Cirio H. Santiago.
  • Producer: Anthony Santa Croce.
  • Writer: Philip Alderton.
  • Music: Jaime Fabregas.
  • Cinematography: Ricardo Remias.
  • Release Date: July 1988 (US).
  • Running Time: 89 minutes.
  • Country: US.
  • Language: English.

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