Universal Soldier

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German title Universal Soldier
Original title Universal Soldier
Country of production United States
original language English
Publishing year 1992
length 103 minutes
Age rating FSK 16
Director Roland Emmerich
script Richard Rothstein ,
Christopher Leitch ,
Dean Devlin
production Allen Shapiro ,
Craig Baumgarten ,
Joel B. Michaels
music Christopher Franke
camera Karl Walter Lindenlaub
cut Michael J. Duthie

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Universal Soldier - The Return

Universal Soldier is a science fiction film by Roland Emmerich from the year 1992 , in the Jean-Claude Van Damme and Dolph Lundgren play the leading roles. The film was shown for the first time in Germany at the Film Festival Cologne in Cologne in September 1992.


The focus of the film is on the two US soldiers Luc Deveraux and Andrew Scott, who shot each other after Scott went on a rampage during the Vietnam War. 23 years later, both are brought back to life as part of the top-secret Universal Soldier program ; their bodies were put on hold after their deaths and are now genetically regenerated . Actually without any will of his own, Deveraux begins to remember his past and is now trying to escape his existence as a killer machine within the Universal Soldier program . With the help of reporter Veronica Roberts, he escapes, but is followed by the other soldiers in his unit. Finally, there is a showdown between Deveraux and Scott, as the latter can finally remember the past and has a score to settle.


"Technically solid, but stereotypical and violent action film in terms of content, which strings together all relevant set pieces of the genre without any deepening."

"Explosions, tricks, stunts and the presence of the action stars characterize Emmerich's 40 million dollar early work, but the plot is rather fleeting."


  • The budget was $ 23 million, and the film grossed $ 36 million in the US alone. The film was shot from August 12 to October 30, 1991 in Arizona . Another location was the Hoover Dam on Lake Mead in Nevada .
  • The film was Roland Emmerich's entry into Hollywood.
  • The film was produced by Carolco Pictures , an independent studio founded by Mario Kassar and Andrew G. Vajna , which produced many successful action films ( Rambo I-III , Terminator 2 , Cliffhanger ) in the 80s and 90s . The Pirate Bride (1995) was the financial end for the studio.
  • The novel of the same name for the film was written by Robert Tine and published in 1992 by Bastei Lübbe Verlag .
  • The uncut version of the film was indexed in Germany . In March 2013, however, it was removed from the index and re-examined by the FSK. This released the film in the uncut version from the age of 16.
  • Ralf Moeller has one of his first appearances here. He plays the role of the UniSol GR76. In Far Cry in 2008, Moeller was seen in a similar role as a genetically enhanced fighting machine.
  • Andrew Davis was also in discussion as a director .


In 1998, two sequels produced for US cable television were released: Universal Soldier 2 - Brothers Under Arms and Universal Soldier 3 - Bloody Business . In 1999, the cinema sequel Universal Soldier - The Return , again with Jean-Claude Van Damme in the leading role. With a gross profit of 10 million US dollars, the film was a financial flop in the USA. In 2008 Van Damme confirmed the continuation of the series. The film was released in 2009 under the name Universal Soldier: Regeneration , and was directed by John Hyams . In 2012, Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning was another film in the series. This was also staged by Hyams. The film Universal Soldiers - Cyborg Islands , commissioned by the production studio The Asylum in 2007, has nothing to do with the actual film series and should be rated as a mockbuster . Griff Furst took over the direction .

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Individual evidence

  1. ↑ Certificate of Release for Universal Soldier . Voluntary self-regulation of the film industry , March 2013 (PDF; test number: 68 550-a V).
  2. Universal Soldier. In: Lexicon of International Films . Film service , accessed March 2, 2017 .Template: LdiF / Maintenance / Access used 
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  4. http://www.boxofficemojo.com/movies/?id=universalsoldier.htm
  5. https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0105698/locations?ref_=tt_ql_dt_5
  6. ^ Roland Emmerich film starts . Retrieved November 7, 2017.
  7. Universal Soldier: Van Damme confirms the third part ( memento of the original from April 4, 2013 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. from November 7, 2008 on filmstarts.de . @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot / www.filmstarts.de
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