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Remo Williams - The Adventure Begins
Remo Williams - The Adventure Begins
Actors: Fred Ward, Joel Grey, Wilford Brimley, J.A. Preston, George Coe
Director: Guy Hamilton
Genres: Action & Adventure, Comedy, Mystery & Suspense
PG-13     2003     2hr 1min

When a street-smart NYPD cop (Fred Ward) regains consciousness after a bizarre mugging, he has a new face and a new identity! Now he¬'s Remo Williams, the #1 recruit of a top-secret organization, and he¬'s toppling evil at...  more »


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Actors: Fred Ward, Joel Grey, Wilford Brimley, J.A. Preston, George Coe
Director: Guy Hamilton
Creators: Dick Clark, Judy Goldstein, Larry Spiegel, Mel Bergman, Christopher Wood, Richard Sapir, Warren Murphy
Genres: Action & Adventure, Comedy, Mystery & Suspense
Sub-Genres: Crime, Espionage, Romantic Comedies, Mystery & Suspense
Studio: MGM (Video & DVD)
Format: DVD - Color,Full Screen - Closed-captioned,Subtitled
DVD Release Date: 07/15/2003
Original Release Date: 10/11/1985
Theatrical Release Date: 10/11/1985
Release Year: 2003
Run Time: 2hr 1min
Screens: Color,Full Screen
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 29
MPAA Rating: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Languages: English
Subtitles: English, Spanish, French

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Member Movie Reviews

Brad S. (Snibot) from DALLAS, TX
Reviewed on 2/5/2010...
This is one of my favorite action movies. Fred Ward is excellent as Remo Williams a half believable action hero. Kate Mulgrew has a great run at Mjr. Flemming, I imagine a great deal of inspiration from Cpt. Janeway came from this role. Joel Grey is simply hilarious as Chiun, and increasingly believable as a martial arts instructor.

This movie really has a bit of everything, it isn't quite Rambo, but not as hookie as Terminator. Excellent example of the genre, my only complaint is that they don't have any more of the books changed into movies, the translation was superb.
1 of 1 member(s) found this review helpful.
James E. from ERIE, PA
Reviewed on 8/15/2009...
It's really a fun adventure. Fred Ward and Joel Grey make the movie. There are some moments of forgivness you got to give, but hey, it's an action movie. Wish the made more. (They wrote tons of books on this series)
1 of 1 member(s) found this review helpful.

Movie Reviews

4 Stars for the movie, 1 star for the DVD!
Lulu | The Rat's Mouth, USA | 08/13/2003
(2 out of 5 stars)

"I can't tell you how disappointed I was when Remo Williams FINALLY was released to DVD and MGM had the temerity to release it in FULL-FRAME (pan and scan) rather than widescreen in its original theatrical aspect ratio! It's 2003, MGM...people are savvier about film than they used to be, and we want to see our favorite films the way they were originally presented in the theater! I don't even demand "extras" like commentary or making-of documentaries...just a crisp transfer in anamorphic widescreen with enhanced sound. Is that so much to ask?Four stars for the movie "Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins" - a wonderfully engaging '80s action-adventure flick that doesn't take itself too seriously, featuring terrific performances by Fred Ward and Joel Grey - and one star for the crummy presentation it received on DVD. Remo deserves so much better than this."
I loved it
Alexander E. Paulsen | Jacksonville, Fl United States | 07/18/2003
(4 out of 5 stars)

"I saw this in the theater when it came out and anxiously awaited the sequels. This is one movie where the sequel would have probably been a much better movie if for no other reason than actors and director would get into The Destroyer legend.I loved the books at least up until Richard Sapir passed away. The books were fun, funny and contained much social satire. They were gems of wit and wisdom.Basically it is about a cop recruited to be a supersecret agent for the government for an agency called CURE. The theory being that the President needed a tool to combat evil that could be fought only by violating the Constitution. Of course Presidents now boast about violating the constitution but these stories are from a more innocent age.In the movie Fred Ward is perfectly cast as Remo Williams named in a very amusing way - "We put a lot of thought into it."
Joel Gray does a marvelous job of Chiun the Master of Sinanju the latest in a line of assasins dating back a millenia or two. Sinanju being the "sun source of all martial arts".Wilford Brimly is probably the biggest departure from the books cast as Harold Smith. In the series Smith was a much more interesting character and the interplay between him and Remo is always entertaining.Overall the plot was weak. Iw ould have rather had them adapt one of the many stories from the book series. I just never felt that Grove was that evil a guy worthy of accelerating Remo's mission. Patrick Kilpatrick was a great villan - muscle man "Stone". I particularly enjoyed the scene where Remo uses Stone's special feature to escape from a gas chamber.The film was well structured I thought with equal amounts of Remo's training and mission, Joel Gray doing a wonderful Chiun, soap operas and all.I thought it was a good first effort. Had they kept it up I am sure they would have gotten the hang of it and the movies gotten better and better. I downrated the DVD mainly because of the format. so-called "fullscreen" is really only a half a screen. I did not buy the DVD just for that reason. I have an old copy on Betamax that I still watch twice a year or so.There are no significant bonus features on the disk as was pointed out by a previous reviewer. This is just about inexcusable these days.If my Beta tape ever weasr out I may be forced to buy a disk, but until then maybe MGM will get their heads out of you know where and re-release this movie properly."
Depends on if you're a fan of the book or not.
James Vitale | Florida, United States | 04/26/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)

"This film gets a lot of bad commentary by people who did not read the book series that it was based on. The.......... review has this problem as well. This movie was based on a series that currently has 123+ books in it. If you are a fan of the books, the character acting by Joel Grey and Fred Ward is pretty right on, not a political correctness faux pas as the review suggests. It was not stereotypical acting, but a near perfect depiction of a character whose personality has developed over the course of a 100+ books. Yes, the action scenes are a little lukewarm primarily because it was not really possible to depict the capabilities of the book characters with the technology of the time. If you are a Destroyer fan, you will most likely love this movie and the life it brings to Chuin and Remo, and even Harold Smith (although Wilford Brimley is a little too portly to be the gaunt, perfectly groomed Smith, although he accomplishes the lemonyness perfectly)."