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By Barry Koltnow and Barry Koltnow,Orange County Register | July 10, 1992
The great thing about making fun of big, dumb Hollywood action stars is that they're usually too dumb to know you're making fun of them.Don't try it with Dolph Lundgren.The muscular, karate-trained, 6-foot-5-inch gladiator may have looked a little thick between the ears in "Rocky IV." And he probably didn't light up many circuit boards in "Masters of the Universe," either. But this guy is not as dumb as he has looked in some of his films.In fact, the Swedish-born actor is a pretty smart guy.Mr.
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By Aamer Madhani and Aamer Madhani,CHICAGO TRIBUNE | April 5, 2004
BAGHDAD, Iraq - By the second movie in the triple feature at Al Najoom theater, the projector had to cut through a thick cloud from the chain-smoking men killing an afternoon watching an obscure American action film. The floors were sticky from spilled soda and candy, the subtitles were in Chinese, and the Showdown in Little Tokyo picture trailed the sound by at least three seconds. For admission costing the equivalent of about 65 cents, the moviegoers, if they could bear it, could sit through all three films - Dolph Lundgren's Showdown in Little Tokyo, Demi Moore's Striptease and an Egyptian romance film.
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By Barry Koltnow and Barry Koltnow,Orange County Register | July 8, 1992
HOLLYWOOD -- The great thing about making fun of big, dumb Hollywood action stars is that they're usually too dumb to know that you're making fun of them.Don't try it with Dolph Lundgren.The muscular, karate-trained, 6-foot-5-inch gladiator may have looked a little thick between the ears in "Rocky IV." And he probably didn't light up many circuit boards in "Masters of the Universe," either. But this guy is not as dumb as he has looked in some of his films.In fact, the Swedish-born actor is a pretty smart guy. Mr. Lundgren co-stars with Jean-Claude Van Damme in "Universal Soldier," which opens Friday, was days away from entering the prestigious Massachusetts Institute of Technology on a Fulbright Fellowship when he got sidetracked by the glitter of Hollywood.
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By Stephen Hunter and Stephen Hunter,Film Critic | July 14, 1992
"Universal Soldier" should have been called "Zombies on Parade."4 And I'm talking about the actors, not the story!It features those two renowned Thespians Jean Claude Van Damme and Dolph Lundgren. They appear against a black backdrop on stage and read selections from Sophocles' "Antigone" for three hours.No, they don't. They appear in Desert Storm camouflage and machine-gun everything that moves. When they run out of bullets they start karate-kicking. Just to make things interesting, they're already dead.
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By Lou Cedrone and Lou Cedrone,Evening Sun Staff | September 28, 1990
Apart from the gore, ''I Come in Peace'' is an amusing mixture of action, science-fiction and comedy.The gore doesn't do irreparable damage, but the film would have been so much more palatable without it.''I Come in Peace'' stars Dolph Lundgren, was filmed in Houston and uses the plot that was used in ''The Terminator'' and a few more movies. In the new film, Lundgren plays a cop who comes face to face with an alien, an intergalactic drug pusher who is being pursued by another alien, an intergalactic narc.
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By Lou Cedrone and Lou Cedrone,Evening Sun Staff | November 19, 1991
''Showdown in Little Tokyo'' is good enough fun when it sticks to karate and related physical activity. Unfortunately, the film goes ugly now and then and when it does, it's really ugly. It includes, for instance, decapitation, amputation and finger-cutting.The last, of course, is a given. This is a film about the Yakuza, the Japanese Mafia, and in all films about this group, there is always a finger-cutting sequence, and it's always a little finger that goes.Apparently, it's a Yakuza tradition.
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By Stephen Hunter and Stephen Hunter,Sun Film Critic | September 28, 1990
' 'I' Come in Peace'Starring Dolph Lundgren.Directed by Craig R. Baxley.Released by Columbia/Triumph.Rated R.... **The question in " 'I' Come in Peace" is not who did it, but who punctuated it?That is the correct title. Just look at the advertisement. It's not "I Come in Peace," no, it's " 'I' Come in Peace." Why? What can possibly be meant by hanging quotations around the pronoun within the actual title itself? Do they mean to suggest that the speaker is not quite human and therefore his usage of the first-person pronoun is conditional?
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By Stephen Hunter and Stephen Hunter,Film Critic | July 14, 1992
"Universal Soldier" should have been called "Zombies on Parade."4 And I'm talking about the actors, not the story!It features those two renowned Thespians Jean Claude Van Damme and Dolph Lundgren. They appear against a black backdrop on stage and read selections from Sophocles' "Antigone" for three hours.No, they don't. They appear in Desert Storm camouflage and machine-gun everything that moves. When they run out of bullets they start karate-kicking. Just to make things interesting, they're already dead.
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By Lou Cedrone and Lou Cedrone,Evening Sun Staff | September 26, 1990
ON SCREEN, Dolph Lundgren has absolutely no trace of an accent. In person, the Swedish origin is barely detectable. You have to listen for it. ''I worked on it,'' said Lundgren. ''I'm still working on it, and I did go to school in this country.''Actually, he went to several, Clemson, MIT and Washington State among them.He grew up in Sweden and Germany. In Stockholm, he attended the Royal Institute of Technology. Later, he went to the University of Sydney where he ''pursued'' a degree in chemical engineering.
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By Aamer Madhani and Aamer Madhani,CHICAGO TRIBUNE | April 5, 2004
BAGHDAD, Iraq - By the second movie in the triple feature at Al Najoom theater, the projector had to cut through a thick cloud from the chain-smoking men killing an afternoon watching an obscure American action film. The floors were sticky from spilled soda and candy, the subtitles were in Chinese, and the Showdown in Little Tokyo picture trailed the sound by at least three seconds. For admission costing the equivalent of about 65 cents, the moviegoers, if they could bear it, could sit through all three films - Dolph Lundgren's Showdown in Little Tokyo, Demi Moore's Striptease and an Egyptian romance film.
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By Barry Koltnow and Barry Koltnow,Orange County Register | July 10, 1992
The great thing about making fun of big, dumb Hollywood action stars is that they're usually too dumb to know you're making fun of them.Don't try it with Dolph Lundgren.The muscular, karate-trained, 6-foot-5-inch gladiator may have looked a little thick between the ears in "Rocky IV." And he probably didn't light up many circuit boards in "Masters of the Universe," either. But this guy is not as dumb as he has looked in some of his films.In fact, the Swedish-born actor is a pretty smart guy.Mr.
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By Barry Koltnow and Barry Koltnow,Orange County Register | July 8, 1992
HOLLYWOOD -- The great thing about making fun of big, dumb Hollywood action stars is that they're usually too dumb to know that you're making fun of them.Don't try it with Dolph Lundgren.The muscular, karate-trained, 6-foot-5-inch gladiator may have looked a little thick between the ears in "Rocky IV." And he probably didn't light up many circuit boards in "Masters of the Universe," either. But this guy is not as dumb as he has looked in some of his films.In fact, the Swedish-born actor is a pretty smart guy. Mr. Lundgren co-stars with Jean-Claude Van Damme in "Universal Soldier," which opens Friday, was days away from entering the prestigious Massachusetts Institute of Technology on a Fulbright Fellowship when he got sidetracked by the glitter of Hollywood.
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By Lou Cedrone and Lou Cedrone,Evening Sun Staff | November 19, 1991
''Showdown in Little Tokyo'' is good enough fun when it sticks to karate and related physical activity. Unfortunately, the film goes ugly now and then and when it does, it's really ugly. It includes, for instance, decapitation, amputation and finger-cutting.The last, of course, is a given. This is a film about the Yakuza, the Japanese Mafia, and in all films about this group, there is always a finger-cutting sequence, and it's always a little finger that goes.Apparently, it's a Yakuza tradition.
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By Stephen Hunter and Stephen Hunter,Sun Film Critic | September 28, 1990
' 'I' Come in Peace'Starring Dolph Lundgren.Directed by Craig R. Baxley.Released by Columbia/Triumph.Rated R.... **The question in " 'I' Come in Peace" is not who did it, but who punctuated it?That is the correct title. Just look at the advertisement. It's not "I Come in Peace," no, it's " 'I' Come in Peace." Why? What can possibly be meant by hanging quotations around the pronoun within the actual title itself? Do they mean to suggest that the speaker is not quite human and therefore his usage of the first-person pronoun is conditional?
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By Lou Cedrone and Lou Cedrone,Evening Sun Staff | September 28, 1990
Apart from the gore, ''I Come in Peace'' is an amusing mixture of action, science-fiction and comedy.The gore doesn't do irreparable damage, but the film would have been so much more palatable without it.''I Come in Peace'' stars Dolph Lundgren, was filmed in Houston and uses the plot that was used in ''The Terminator'' and a few more movies. In the new film, Lundgren plays a cop who comes face to face with an alien, an intergalactic drug pusher who is being pursued by another alien, an intergalactic narc.
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By Lou Cedrone and Lou Cedrone,Evening Sun Staff | September 26, 1990
ON SCREEN, Dolph Lundgren has absolutely no trace of an accent. In person, the Swedish origin is barely detectable. You have to listen for it. ''I worked on it,'' said Lundgren. ''I'm still working on it, and I did go to school in this country.''Actually, he went to several, Clemson, MIT and Washington State among them.He grew up in Sweden and Germany. In Stockholm, he attended the Royal Institute of Technology. Later, he went to the University of Sydney where he ''pursued'' a degree in chemical engineering.
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By Lou Cedrone | September 27, 1990
* ''Dreams'' Eight short stories from the mind of Japanese writer-director Akira Kurosawa.* ''I Come in Peace'' Dolph Lundgren is a Houston cop who pursues an intergalactic drug seller. A thriller with laughs.* ''Pacific Heights'' Melanie Griffith and Matthew Modine are a couple who rent an apartment to a psychopath, played by Michael Keaton.* ''White Palace'' Susan Sarandon plays an older woman who falls in love with a younger man, played by James Spader.
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By Stephen Hunter and Stephen Hunter,Film Critic | August 21, 1992
'Rapid Fire'Starring Brandon Lee and Powers Boothe.Directed by Dwight H. Little.Released by Twentieth Century Fox.Rated R.**Instead of calling it "Rapid Fire" they should have called it "Rapid Editing." The movie just jackhammers along at a breakneck pace: itfeelslikeasentencewithallthespacesbe- tweenthewordsremoved.When it's over, you're in oxygen debt.Conceived of as a star-making vehicle for Brandon Lee, the son )) of Bruce Lee, the film somewhat blunders in this primary assignment: The young man is in such a state of perpetual motion, you hardly ever see him. It is clear, however, that however proficient a martial artist he seems to be, he doesn't quite have the psycho intensity of his father.
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