Red Scorpion 02 (1994)


Introduction

Red Scorpion 2 is a 1994 American action film starring Matt McColm, John Savage and Jennifer Rubin. It was directed by Michael Kennedy.

The film is a sequel to the 1988 film Red Scorpion which starred Dolph Lundgren, although the story is largely unrelated to the first instalment.

Outline

An elite group of “soldiers” are assigned the job of infiltrating a right-wing militia group. Each team member has unique skills. The right wingers have a heavily guarded camp, and are about to launch a nationwide campaign of violent action.

Will our heroes thwart the neo-Nazis in time…

Cast

  • Matt McColm as Nick Stone.
  • John Savage as Andrew Kendrick.
  • Jennifer Rubin as Sam Guinness.
  • Paul Ben-Victor as Vince D’Angelo.
  • Michael Covert as Billy Ryan.
  • Réal Andrews as Winston “Mad Dog” Powell.
  • Duncan Fraser as Mr. Benjamin.
  • George Touliatos as Gregori.
  • Michael Ironside as Colonel West.
  • Vladimir Kulich as Hans.
  • Suki Kaiser as Donna.
  • Jerry Wasserman as Steinberg.
  • Tong Lung as Joe.
  • Anthony Stamboulieh as Abdu.
  • Samantha Schubert as Renee.
  • Gabriel Hogan as uncredited.
  • Rich Priske as Bad guy (uncredited).

Production

The film stars Matt McColm as Nick Stone, John Savage as Andrew Kendrick and Jennifer Rubin as Sam Guinness. Other cast members include Paul Ben-Victor as Vince D’Angelo, Michael Covert as Billy Ryan, Réal Andrews as Winston “Mad Dog” Powell, Duncan Fraser as Mr. Benjamin, George Touliatos as Gregori and Michael Ironside as Colonel West. Marc Singer was the original choice for the role of the film’s nemesis Andrew Kendrick, whilst Gary Daniels and David Bradley were considered for the role of leading hero character Nick Stone.

The first version of the screenplay for this film was written by Dennis Hackin. A second different version, set in Malaysia, was written by Clay Walker in 1990. Neither of these screenplays were used. The version set in Malaysia was seemingly due to go ahead and in the New Straits Times of 18 June 1992, it was reported that the script was being written by Vigil and was scheduled to be shot in Europe in November. In the same issue it had confusingly stated that McColm was “in Malaysia to promote his latest movie, Red Scorpion 2: The Spear of Destiny. In this movie, McColm takes the lead as Kurt Hawkins, a US Special Forces staff sergeant.”

The film had a working title of Red Scorpion 2: Spear of Destiny, which was used on the film’s laser-disc release exclusively. It was filmed in Britannia Beach, British Columbia, Canada, and Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. The two producers Jack and Robert Abramoff of Abramoff Production, had written the original story of the first Red Scorpion film, whilst Jack Abramoff would also produce it.

Release

The film first aired on the Home Box Office (HBO) network on 27 April 1995, before being distributed by MCA/Universal Home Video on VHS/laserdisc on 06 February 1996. The film was released theatrically in Japan, India and Italy. The film debuted in France during May 1994 at the Cannes Film Market, before being released within Japan, USA and South Korea respectively during 1995, and later in Italy during 1997. Like in the USA, the video release of the film in France was also in 1996.

Home Media

Red Scorpion 02 has never been released on DVD in America, but only on VHS and laserdisc. In the UK, the film was released on 01 October 1999 via Cinema Club on VHS. Additionally, Cinema Club released a double feature, which consisted of both films Red Scorpion and Red Scorpion 02. In 2005, a DVD version was released in Italy, under the title Missione Senza Nome, which translates to Mission Nameless. In Canada, it was released in 2000 via Alliance Atlantis Video, in Greece during 1997 via New Star/Telefilm Hellas. Although most VHS releases had similar artwork to one another, the laserdisc version featured completely different artwork.

Production & Filming Details

  • Director(s): Michael Kennedy.
  • Producer(s):
    • Jack Abramoff … executive producer.
    • Robert Abramoff … executive producer.
    • Dale A. Andrews … executive producer.
    • George G. Braunstein … co-producer.
    • Mary Eilts … co-producer.
    • Robert K. MacLean … producer.
    • Michele White … associate producer.
  • Writer(s):
    • Troy Bolotnick.
    • Arne Olsen.
    • Barry Victor.
    • Straw Weisman.
  • Music: George Blondheim.
  • Cinematography: Curtis Petersen.
  • Editor(s): Gary Zubeck.
  • Production:
    • Abramoff Production.
    • August Entertainment.
    • Northwood Pictures.
    • Westcom Entertainment Group.
    • Western International Communications Ltd.
  • Distributor(s):
    • August Entertainment (1994) (Non-US) (all media).
    • Alliance Atlantis Video (2000) (Canada) (video).
    • Home Box Office (HBO) (1995) (USA) (TV).
    • MCA/Universal Home Video (1996) (USA) (VHS).
    • MCA/Universal Home Video (1996) (USA) (VHS) (laserdisc).
    • Malo Video (1996) (Canada) (VHS).
    • New Star (1997) (Greece) (all media).
    • Norstar Home Video (1996) (Canada) (VHS).
    • SPO (1995) (Japan) (VHS).
    • Scanbox Norge (Norway) (VHS).
    • Shapiro-Glickenhaus Entertainment (1995) (USA) (all media).
    • Starlight (all media).
    • Telefilm Hellas (1997) (Greece) (VHS).
    • Westcom Entertainment Group (all media).
  • Release Date: May 1994 (Cannes International Film Festival).
  • Running Time: 95 minutes.
  • Rating: 18.
  • Country: US and Canada.
  • Language: English.

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