Release date ,
Running time 107 min.
Awards (1988) Best Music - Alan Silvestri
Predator is a movie that was directed by and released on Friday, , . It featured actors , , , , , , , , , and . The jungle scenes for this movie were located in southern , near . The movie was filmed in .
The movie effectively blends the '80s hard action-movie genre with a healthy dose of horror. Energetic and masculine, the movie was successful enough (earning $60 million in the alone) to generate a sequel, , in 1990.
Soon the hunt will begin.
Nothing like it has ever been on Earth before. It came from another planet for the thrill of the hunt. It picked the wrong man.
In a part of the world where there are no rules, deep in the jungle where nothing that lives is safe, an elite rescue squad is being led by the ultimate warrior. But now, they're up against the ultimate enemy. Nothing like it has ever been on earth before. It kills for pleasure, it hunts for sport. But this time, it picked the wrong man to hunt.
We cannot see it, but it sees the heat of our bodies and the heat of our fear.
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The story begins in outer space. A dark, featureless spacecraft hurtles toward Earth. As it makes a close pass on the night side of our planet, it ejects an object that enters the atmosphere and leaves a fiery contrail.
Scene change — somewhere on the coast of . The mission begins when six soldiers led by Major Alan "Dutch" Schaefer (Schwarzenegger) are ordered by General Phillips (Armstrong) to rescue a cabinet minister who has been captured by forces after his helicopter crashed in the jungle across the border.
Along with man Dillon (Weathers), the team is dropped behind the border and begins looking for traces of the minister and his escort. They find the crashed chopper, which appeared to be a "reconnaissance bird", rather than a transport, as well as traces of a dozen rebels being followed by several men with American equipment. It is noted that the pilot must have been hit with something akin to thermal vision, given the accuracy of the shot.
Shortly thereafter, they discover three dead U.S. soldiers hanging from trees, all of them skinned. Dutch recognizes the dog tags of one skinned man, and questions why they were out in the middle of the jungle — Dillon claims to know nothing.
The search and rescue mission continues, and they soon discover the guerrilla post and the hostages being held there. The team attacks and destroys the guerilla base but the prisoners are already dead and turn out to be CIA men. Dutch confronts Dillon and discovers Dillon made up the cabinet minister story, and also admits that the skinned soldiers that had gone missing were ordered there as well. In the aftermath of the battle, the camera switches to the thermal view, watching from the trees and mimicking the team's speech patterns.
With all guerrillas killed and a female prisoner, Anna (Carrillo), in their custody, they proceed to their rendezvous point for evacuation. As they move through the jungle they are stalked by something that they are unable to see.
The group stops when Billy (Landham), the team's tracker, notices something in the trees that makes him nervous. Anna attempts to escape, with Hawkins in pursuit. He reaches her, but attacks and kills Hawkins (Black) and Blain (Ventura) before vanishing into the jungle using . However when Mac (Duke) spots Blain falling to the ground and rushes to him, and sees what appears to be a large, transparent man with flashing yellow eyes. Mac opens fire, running out of ammunition quickly and grabs Blains , unloading a full box of ammo as his teammates arrive and also start shooting. As they attempt to kill it by saturating the jungle with bullets they succeed only in slightly wounding the .