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In a standard no-plotter, this is a martial arts showcase for gymnast Kurt Thomas as Jonathan Cabot, the front line man sent out to secure a military foothold in an unfriendly, unnamed country in Eastern Europe near the Caspian sea. Jonathan has to use his lethal weapons (hands and feet) and his ingenuity to chop down legions of adversaries, especially in a one-against-all scene in a rustic village. With scenic Yugoslav landscapes and the attractive Miss Philippines (Tetchie Agbayani) as Princess Rubali, the film offers some visual appeal as well as whirling martial arts choreography.

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 18%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Mediocre action pulp."
‑ Trevor Johnston, Time Out
" of the most absurd and flat-out silly actioners to emerge out of the 1980s..."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"Hey, you got your gymnastics in my karate! No, YOU got your karate in my ... oh never mind. You just won't find a movie much stupider than this one."
‑ Scott Weinberg,
"No real film lover could help but muster some affection for this bedraggled action movie, shot in an extremely unpicturesque Yugoslavia on a budget that must number in the hundreds of dollars."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"The mind boggles!"
‑ Keith Breese,
"Must be seen to be believed."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"It's a little known fact that the Third World bases most of its civic infrastructure on parallel bars and pommel horses."
‑ Rob Vaux, Flipside Movie Emporium
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