Sent to eliminate a gun-running camp in Central America, United States Major Dutch Schaeffer (Arnold Schwarzenegger) and his commandos get more than they bargained for when they cross paths with a mysterious assassin. As members of their unit begin to disappear, Dutch, Dillon (Carl Weathers), and Blain (Jesse Ventura) conclude that whatever is hunting them is not of this earth. Every attempt at a tactical defense is a defeated for Dutch and company and it is only in the last stretch of their race to safety that their suspicions are confirmed and they encounter the alien nimrod face to face.
A summer box office smash, 1987's PREDATOR re-ignited an old trend of movies depicting aliens invading earth that began decades earlier with films like WAR OF THE WORLDS and INVADERS FROM MARS. McTiernan does a miraculous job of directing the "invisible" Predator. Furthermore, the special effects, which are stunningly subtle and never boisterous, make PREDATOR a strikingly contemporary sci-fi effort even amid today's techno-thrillers.
Lawrence Gordon - Producer, 1970s-/ 48 HOURS, PREDATOR, TOMB RAIDER
Alan Silvestri - Composer, VAN HELSING (2004)
Elpidia Carrillo - Actress/Beyond The Limit
Kevin Peter Hall - Actor/"Harry And The..."
John Vallone - Production Designer, COMMANDO (1985)
John Davis - Producer
Joel Hynek - Visual Effects Supervisor, STEALTH (2005)
Jesse Ventura - Wrestler/Supporting Actor
Jesse "The Body" Ventura - Wrestler/Supporting Actor
Arnold Schwarzenegger - Actor/bodybuilder
Bill Duke - American Actor/Director
John Thomas - Screenwriter
Joel Silver - American Producer
Richard Chaves - American Actor
John F. Link - Editor, COMMANDO (1985)
John F. Link II - Editor, COMMANDO (1985)
R.G. Armstrong - American Actor
Donald McAlpine - Australian Director of Photography, works in US - STEPMOM
Mark Helfrich - Editor, RED DRAGON (2002)
John McTiernan - Director/Producer
Jim Thomas - Screenwriter/Producer
Sonny Landham - Supporting Actor
Carl Weathers - American Actor
Shot on location in Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, and Palenque Chapas, Mexico. The film is dedicated to the memories of Agustin Ytuarte and Federico Ysunza. Jesse "the Body" Ventura went on to become the governor of Minnesota in 1999; Arnold Schwarzenegger became the governor of California in 2003.
"...The action sequences are imaginative..." - 06/17/1987 Variety
"...Your attention is gripped....McTiernan has an arresting visual flair....The whole movie often jells on an almost abstract level..." - 06/12/1987 Los Angeles Times, p.C6
"Action specialist John McTiernan is at his directorial peak..." - 01/01/2004 Uncut, p.141
"[I]n Arnold's top five..." Entertainment Weekly, p.73
4 stars out of 5 -- "It's a vintage Schwarzenegger performance from the Austrian Oak's golden age..." - 08/01/2010 Empire
4 stars out of 5 -- "Schwarzenegger plays Dutch, an alpha-warrior called in, along with a roistering band of brothers, when the government claim they need him and his crew to rescue some hostages from the jungle." - 11/02/2017 The Guardian