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Actors: Dean Cain, Jennifer Beals, Frederic Forrest, Stacy Keach, John Beck
Director: Jim Wynorski
Genres: Action & Adventure
R     2000     1hr 29min



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Actors: Dean Cain, Jennifer Beals, Frederic Forrest, Stacy Keach, John Beck
Director: Jim Wynorski
Creators: Mario D'Ayala, William Daniels, Christian Jones, J.P. Pettinato, Paul Hertzberg, Steve Latshaw, William Carson
Genres: Action & Adventure
Sub-Genres: Action & Adventure
Studio: Lions Gate
Format: DVD - Color - Closed-captioned
DVD Release Date: 10/17/2000
Original Release Date: 01/01/1999
Theatrical Release Date: 00/00/1999
Release Year: 2000
Run Time: 1hr 29min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 0
MPAA Rating: R (Restricted)
Languages: English
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Movie Reviews

A disorganized 'Militia'... | Texas | 05/28/2007
(2 out of 5 stars)

"MILITIA (2000)
directed by Jim Wynorski
approx. 90 minutes

This is a pretty silly look at the militia movement from the perspective of an "undercover" Federal sniper.

Former TV Superman Dean Cain attempts to infiltrate a big bad militia with the help of a anti-government dissident William Fain (played by Frederic Forrest*) who wants whats best for his family. 'FLASHDANCE' star Jennifer Beals is in for the ride to help Mr. Sniper monitor the group. Stacey Keach plays a G.Gordon Liddy type radio personality who it turns out is "more than a sympathizer". Perhaps the only worthwhile segments of this movie are the dialogue between the agent and Fain, debating the government's hamfisted handling of past incidents. Cain's character is meant to show the "human" side of the Federals who wants to minimize damage but still believes in the occasional forced disarmament.

There are no big surprises here: the militia are mostly shown to be semi-literate, violent goons and the Federals, while perhaps overly assertive, are right to use deadly force against the citizenry. It is also true that some of the footage is lifted directly from other well known movies, including 'DELTA FORCE II' and 'T2: JUDGEMENT DAY'. What's strange about this movie is that it was one of director Jim Wynorski's few attempts to produce a movie with social content. He is better known for low grade sexuality movies such as 'THE BARE WENCH PROJECT' and 'BUSTY COPS'.

The "slant" of this movie will not surprise anyone familiar with the real tragedies it exploits and the media's treatment of 2nd Amendment issues.

*-The casting of Frederic Forrest as Fain may be to reference to his extremist Army surplus store owner character in 'FALLING DOWN'."
Typical bad movie | 02/08/2004
(1 out of 5 stars)

"It's too obvious when they switch from pre-recorded footage from other sources to their own lame scenes. The plot completely lacks creativity (uh oh, bad guys have missiles, hero has to go stop them from launching). I don't mind action movies that use a recycled plot of they do a good job of it, but this movie has none of its own style, just a low-budget movie you would expect to be a cable network original or something like that.The only thing they added to a generic script was a brief rant by Dean Cain about how the milita nuts are afraid of the ATF (losely quoted) "breaking into their house and taking their guns." Newsflash Mr. Cain: that's EXACTLY what the ATF does, unless maybe they break in to take your alcohol or tobacco. If he wanted to make an anti-militia statement, doing it from the mouth of an ATF agent isn't the most convincing method."
Annette M. Ciotola | 03/07/2004
(1 out of 5 stars)

"Fifteen minutes hadn't passed during this movie before I stopped watching. Aside from being one of those movies you know they write the scripts for in five minutes, I was shocked to find scenes STOLEN directly from Terminator 2, with simply a change of characters and music. It doesn't matter if they were given permission to or not, such a lack of effort and creativity deserves no merit. Do not even watch."