Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins

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"A hero who doesn't exist must save America from an enemy we never knew we had."
  • PG-13
  • 1985
  • 2 hr 1 min
  • 6.4  (13,503)
  • 46

Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins is a 1985 film that follows an NYC cop named Samuel Macon who is recruited for a top-secret government organization. He undergoes a complete facial reconstruction and begins a new life as Remo Williams - an assassin for the organization. The film is based on a series of pulp novels by Warren Murphy and Richard Sapir. Directed by Guy Hamilton, the film stars Fred Ward as Remo Williams and Joel Grey as his mentor, Chiun. Wilford Brimley plays Harold W. Smith, the head of the organization that recruits Remo.

The film opens as Sam Macon is framed for a crime he didn't commit and is sentenced to death. However, just before he is executed, he is whisked away to a secret location and offered a chance to start a new life as an assassin. Sam takes the opportunity and undergoes a series of intense training sessions with Chiun, a martial arts master who teaches him the skills he will need for his new job.

After completing his training, Remo is sent out on his first mission. He is tasked with taking down a corrupt defense contractor who is selling weapons to terrorists around the world. Along the way, Remo meets Major Fleming (played by Kate Mulgrew), a love interest who helps him on his mission.

As the plot unfolds, Remo and Chiun face increasing danger as they get closer to the truth behind the conspiracy. They find themselves outnumbered and outgunned, but their training and skills give them the upper hand.

One of the film's most impressive features is the action scenes. Remo is a skilled fighter and his martial arts moves are impressive. The fight choreography is well-done, with a mix of acrobatics and hand-to-hand combat that keeps the audience engaged.

The chemistry between Fred Ward and Joel Grey is also a highlight of the film. Chiun is a complex character - he is wise and knowledgeable, but also stubborn and proud. Joel Grey brings a fun energy to the role, playing up Chiun's quirks and bristling at Remo's occasional lack of respect.

Another strong aspect of the film is the music. The score by Craig Safan is memorable and helps build tension, particularly during the action scenes. The theme song, "Remo's Theme (What If)" by Tommy Shaw, is catchy and has become a cult classic.

Despite its strengths, Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins did not perform well at the box office. There were plans for a sequel, but it never materialized. However, the film has gained a cult following over the years and remains a beloved action-adventure film for fans of the genre.

Overall, Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins is an entertaining and engaging action film that does a good job of bringing a beloved pulp character to the big screen. The chemistry between Fred Ward and Joel Grey, the impressive action scenes, and the memorable score make it a fun watch. Whether you're a fan of the source material or just enjoy a good action flick, Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins is worth checking out.

Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins is a 1985 comedy with a runtime of 2 hours and 1 minute. It has received mostly poor reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 6.4 and a MetaScore of 46.

Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins
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    2 hr 1 min
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  • IMDB Rating
    6.4  (13,503)
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