This smashing, no-holds-barred adventure stars action legend Chuck Norris (Missing in Action) and OscarĀ(r) winner* Lou Gossett (An Officer and a Gentleman) as a pair of treasure-hunters with a knack for finding danger at ... more »every turn! After a long career of mishaps, wrong turns and utter failures, archaeological adventurers Max and Leo (Norris and Gossett) are ready to call it quits until a spunky blonde beauty with an ancient treasure map hires them to guide her into Central America to find Aztec gold. But as they draw closer to the priceless bounty, they are unaware that a powerful, vengeful spirit is tracking their every move and will stop at nothing to protect the sacred treasure! *1982: Supporting Actor, An Officer and a Gentleman« less
Chuck Norris and Louis Gossett Jr. star in this cheesy, but still enjoyable, low-budget comedic action/adventure as two bumbling treasure hunters who accompany a hot babe (Melody Anderson of "Flash Gordon" fame) to Mexico to search for a long lost stash of Indian gold.
Norris and Gossett actually make a pretty good team, I wish they had been given a better movie. This one is bolted together mainly out of parts stolen from bigger budget fare like the "Indiana Jones" series and "Romancing the Stone."
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Glad I own a copy
Eric C. Sanders | Warren, MI United States | 10/06/2003
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Yes, it is one of the goofiest pieces of, um, processed food that ever came out of Hollywood - but it's bad with such good humor! As though everyone said "You want me to do WHAT? Well, heck - why not?" One thing I'll insist upon - the relationships between Norris's character and Gossett's character is a dandy - and the one between Norris's character and Anderson's - Anderson's character is a Jim Peach. "FRUITCAKE?" shouts Anderson, after bursting into Norris's and Gossett's hotel room. "Are the walls that thin?" waffles Norris. "No, your mouth is that big!" comes her retort. And John Rhys-Davies as the adventurer who has taken over the Central-American rebel army - wonderfully crazed! Forget about the Academy, this is just plain fun."
Romancing the...Raiders of the...
Patricia Paton | 05/14/2004
(3 out of 5 stars)
"FIREWALKER is not the most memorable action adventure film out there but succeeds by not taking itself too seriously. The chemistry between Chuck Norris, Lou Gossett Jr., and Melody Anderson keeps the film from sinking from its predictable plot, cheap sets, generic action sequences and cardboard baddies (i.e. Sonny Landham -PREDATOR, 48 HRS- as "El Coyote"). The trio are on a quest to find a lost Aztec City and its hidden stockpile of hidden gold. For inspirational purposes, actor John Rhys-Davies from RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK is in the cast in a small role. Chuck Norris in a rare light/comedic/action role is pretty good as Max Donigan, the ex-marine turned adventurist. Norris handles some of the comic banter off of his two co-stars with ease and good comic timing and his martial arts prowess is hardly used in the movie. Overall, a mindless yet entertaining and harmless action adventure film from the 80's. This was produced at a time when "Indiana Jones" type movies were beginning to lose steam. Norris and Gossett are engaging and the beautiful Melody Anderson lights up the screen,"
SHOULD HAVE BEEN MUCH BETTER
Tim Janson | Michigan | 03/09/2005
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Chuck Norris and Lou Gossett Jr. teamed up to make this "Raiders of the Lost Ark" inspired buddy adventure film that unfortunately had a few too many thrills and laughs to make it anymore than a mediocre film. They play a pair of furtune hunters who are hired by a woman named Patricia Goodwyn (Melody Anderson) who has a map to a lost treasure. Their quest takes them to Central America where the requisite two-dimensional baddie named El Coyote (Sonny Landham) is also after the treasure and has magical powers to back him up. Even "Raiders" vet John Ryhs Davies pops up in a cameo.
Unfortunately Norris just looks to stiff when he is not punching someone's lights out and the problem is only made worse as he tries his hand at comedy and it all comes off as very forced. And while it tries its best, it has none of the sheer adventure of the Indiana Jones movies. The film was directed by veteran J. Lee Thompson who basically directed all of Charles Bronson's bad movies of the 1980's such as "Death Wish 4", "Murphy's law" and "10 to Midnight". Thompson seems to have been a poor choice to direct a comedy adventure film, especially since he also directed the even worse "King Solomon's Mines just one year earlier. But I guess he was one of those Golan-Globus, Cannon Films stable of directors so that's why he got the gig.
Melody Anderson was moderate eye-candy in the day but she quickly faded out of show business just a few years after she did this film. I don't think this film was the cause, though.
On the plus side the scenes and locations are nicely shot and it at least looks adventurous even if it's mostly window dressing. This is a good movie but it had the promise to be so much more with a better director and a better script."
A REALLY GOOD MOVIE
Kristin Thomas | 11/23/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Chuck Norris and Louis Gosset are great in this film. chuck and Louis play old friends who love to find treasure. Max (Norris) and Leo (Gosset)are at a bar thinking about calling it quits on treasure hunting anymore when this woman (Melody Anderson)walks into the bar looking for two men who are not scared of anything and love a challenge. so this woman is pointed to Max and Leo and she tells them about a map that will lead to treasure and it is dangerous. so they go and the aventure starts. the come backs between the three is funny. enjoy."
An old favorite of mine
Patricia Paton | Holbrook, NY | 03/07/2010
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I love this movie because it has so many of the elements that appeal to me. The heroine is a strong woman, who is looking for some ancient ruins. There is humor and friendship among all the characters. Chuck Norris plays an appealing role, and of course there is a happy ending."