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A 1 Sep 1987 DV production chart listed a principal photography start date of 26 Aug 1987, with filming locations in Chicago, IL, Los Angeles, CA, and Budapest, Hungary, which stood in for Moscow, Russia. Production notes located in AMPAS library files state that the filmmakers were granted approval to shoot at Moscow’s Red Square, marking “the first time in the history of American feature filmmaking that a cast and crew were allowed to film” at that location, but it required a six-month waiting period. No sound equipment and only one camera could be used. A working title for the film was Dimitri, as noted in the 4 Mar 1987 Var and 25 Oct 1987 LAT.
       A 6 Oct 1987 HR item noted actress Shari Ballard was cast, but she is not credited onscreen. Similarly, the 30 Oct 1987 DV stated that Marlon Darton would be appearing in the picture, but he did not remain with the project. According to the 25 Oct 1987 LAT, screenwriters John Mankiewicz, Daniel Pyne, Steven Meerson, and Peter Krikes were invited to “fiddle with the script,” but none of the writers are credited onscreen.
       The 8 Feb 1988 DV reported that stunt coordinator and second unit director Bennie Dobbins died during production. He suffered a heart attack while working on a stunt with actor Arnold Schwarzenegger.
       The following statement precedes end credits: “This film is dedicated to the memory of Bennie Dobbins.” End credits state: “Filmed on location in Chicago, Budapest and Moscow,” and: “Special Acknowledgement to: Al Cohn, Suzy Kellett, ... More Less

A 1 Sep 1987 DV production chart listed a principal photography start date of 26 Aug 1987, with filming locations in Chicago, IL, Los Angeles, CA, and Budapest, Hungary, which stood in for Moscow, Russia. Production notes located in AMPAS library files state that the filmmakers were granted approval to shoot at Moscow’s Red Square, marking “the first time in the history of American feature filmmaking that a cast and crew were allowed to film” at that location, but it required a six-month waiting period. No sound equipment and only one camera could be used. A working title for the film was Dimitri, as noted in the 4 Mar 1987 Var and 25 Oct 1987 LAT.
       A 6 Oct 1987 HR item noted actress Shari Ballard was cast, but she is not credited onscreen. Similarly, the 30 Oct 1987 DV stated that Marlon Darton would be appearing in the picture, but he did not remain with the project. According to the 25 Oct 1987 LAT, screenwriters John Mankiewicz, Daniel Pyne, Steven Meerson, and Peter Krikes were invited to “fiddle with the script,” but none of the writers are credited onscreen.
       The 8 Feb 1988 DV reported that stunt coordinator and second unit director Bennie Dobbins died during production. He suffered a heart attack while working on a stunt with actor Arnold Schwarzenegger.
       The following statement precedes end credits: “This film is dedicated to the memory of Bennie Dobbins.” End credits state: “Filmed on location in Chicago, Budapest and Moscow,” and: “Special Acknowledgement to: Al Cohn, Suzy Kellett, Illinois Film Commission; Sgt. Jim Cunningham, Chicago Police Department; Phil Eubanks, Los Angeles International Airport; Chris Knapton, Metra Rail of Chicago; Mike McDonagh, Chicago & Northwestern Transportation Company; Charles Geocaris, Kathryn Darrell, City of Chicago Film Commission; Kazu Matsui, Neil Stubenhaus, Michael Boddicker, Ian Underwood, Steven Schaeffer, Brandon Fields; Yamaha Music Corporation, USA; Fairlight Instruments, Inc.; Nordskog Company, Inc.; Stateville Correctional Institution, Joliet; Mafilm Studios, Budapest; ‘Love Court’ footage provided by Orbis Communications and Saban Productions; baseball footage provided by Major League Baseball Productions, Inc.; radio broadcast courtesy of WGN Radio, Chicago.” End credits further state: “For organizing our location shooting in the USSR, we thank: The Multimedia Organisation (Europe) Ltd., Guernsey, U.K., in association with Videofilm, a division of Goskino URSS.” More Less

BIBLIOGRAPHIC SOURCES
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
1 Sep 1987.
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Daily Variety
30 Oct 1987
p. 2.
Daily Variety
8 Feb 1988
p. 18.
Hollywood Reporter
6 Oct 1987.
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Hollywood Reporter
16 Jun 1988
p. 3, 7, 14.
Los Angeles Times
25 Oct 1987
Calendar, p. 36.
Los Angeles Times
17 Jun 1988
Calendar, p. 1, 17.
New York Times
17 Jun 1988
Section C, p. 14.
Variety
4 Mar 1987
p. 28.
Variety
15 Jun 1988
p. 12.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXTS
Mario Kassar & Andrew Vajna Present
A Carolco, Lone Wolf, Oak Production
A Walter Hill Film
A Tri-Star Release
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Unit prod mgr
1st asst dir
2d asst dir
2d unit dir
Hungarian asst dir
2d 2d asst dir
DGA trainee
PRODUCERS
Assoc prod
Exec prod
Exec prod
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
Cam op
1st cam asst
1st cam asst
2d cam asst
Gaffer
Best boy elec
Key grip
Best boy grip
Still photog
Ultracam 35 cams and lenses provided by
ART DIRECTORS
Prod des
Asst art dir
FILM EDITORS
Post prod supv - Carolco
1st asst ed
SET DECORATORS
Set dec
Set des
Prop master
Asst prop master
Const coord
Const foreman
Standby painter
Paint foreman
COSTUMES
Men`s costumer
Women`s costumer
MUSIC
Mus comp
Mus ed
Mus scoring mixer
SOUND
Prod sd mixer
Boom op
Cable
Supv sd ed
ADR ed
ADR ed
Asst sd ed
Asst sd ed
Re-rec mixer
Re-rec mixer
Re-rec mixer
Dolby consultant
VISUAL EFFECTS
Spec eff coord
Spec eff supv
Title des
Title opticals by
Background compositing by
DANCE
Choreog
Choreog
MAKEUP
Makeup artist
Makeup artist
Hairstylist
PRODUCTION MISC
Casting
Scr supv
Pub for Mr. Schwarzenegger
Casting asst
Prod coord
Asst prod coord
Asst to Walter Hill
Asst to exec prod
Asst to exec prod
Asst to exec prod
Prod accountant
Asst accountant
Asst accountant
Loc mgr
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Dial coach
Extras casting
Transportation coord
Driver capt
First aid
Craft service
Prod financing provided by
Prod financing provided by
STAND INS
Stunt coord
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
COLOR PERSONNEL
Col timer
Col by
SOURCES
SONGS
“Disko Yuk,” Keprohi Music (BMI), written and performed by Michael Welsh
“New Age Again,” Keprohi Music (BMI), written and performed by Michael Welsh
“Jackin’ National Anthem,” produced and written by Mickey Oliver & Cheese, Mixin’ Music (ASCAP), courtesy of Hot Mix 5 Records
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SONGS
“Disko Yuk,” Keprohi Music (BMI), written and performed by Michael Welsh
“New Age Again,” Keprohi Music (BMI), written and performed by Michael Welsh
“Jackin’ National Anthem,” produced and written by Mickey Oliver & Cheese, Mixin’ Music (ASCAP), courtesy of Hot Mix 5 Records
“Stranger On The Shore,” written by Acker Bilk & Robert Mellin, produced by Michael Welsh, courtesy of EMI Music Publishing, Ltd.
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PERFORMER
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
Dimitri
Release Date:
17 June 1988
Premiere Information:
Los Angeles and New York openings: 17 June 1988
Production Date:
began 26 August 1987
Copyright Claimant:
Carolco Pictures, Inc.
Copyright Date:
28 June 1988
Copyright Number:
PA368796
Physical Properties:
Sound
Dolby Stereo ® in Selected Theatres
Color
Duration(in mins):
103
Length(in feet):
9,353
MPAA Rating:
R
Country:
United States
Language:
English
PCA No:
29177
SYNOPSIS

In Soviet Union, Moscow, police Captain Ivan Danko attempts to arrest Georgian drug lord Viktor “Rosta” Rostavili. However, Rosta evades capture, kills Ivan’s partner, Yuri Ogarkov, and flees to the U.S. When Moscow is notified that Rosta has been arrested in Chicago, Illinois, for a traffic violation, Colonel Kulikov orders Ivan to retrieve him, but is prohibited from informing the American police why the Russians want Rosta’s extradition. Arriving in Chicago, Ivan is taken to the police station by detectives Art Ridzik and Sgt. Gallagher. There, Ivan meets Commander Lou Donnelly to sign the extradition order. Before Rosta is released into his custody, Ivan goes through the gangster’s possessions and takes a suspicious key. Leaving the station, the officers are ambushed. Although Art shoots one of the attackers, Ivan is knocked unconscious, Gallagher is killed, and Rosta gets away. At the hospital, Ivan awakens and decides to remain in Chicago until he completes his mission. Back at the station, Ivan promises Donnelly he will apprehend Rosta, but the commander assigns Art Ridzik to be his partner. Through an informant named Streak, they learn that Rosta was working with a syndicate known as the “Brotherhood,” led by Abdul Elijah. Meeting with Abdul, Ivan informs him that he has Rosta’s locker key, and Abdul admits that the key opens a locker containing payment for a cocaine shipment that Rosta will be sending to Moscow. Later, Ivan and Art follow Rosta’s wife, Cat Manzetti, but they are led to a parking garage and cornered by members of Abdul’s Brotherhood. Rosta appears and demands the locker key, but Ivan refuses, and Rosta is forced ... +


In Soviet Union, Moscow, police Captain Ivan Danko attempts to arrest Georgian drug lord Viktor “Rosta” Rostavili. However, Rosta evades capture, kills Ivan’s partner, Yuri Ogarkov, and flees to the U.S. When Moscow is notified that Rosta has been arrested in Chicago, Illinois, for a traffic violation, Colonel Kulikov orders Ivan to retrieve him, but is prohibited from informing the American police why the Russians want Rosta’s extradition. Arriving in Chicago, Ivan is taken to the police station by detectives Art Ridzik and Sgt. Gallagher. There, Ivan meets Commander Lou Donnelly to sign the extradition order. Before Rosta is released into his custody, Ivan goes through the gangster’s possessions and takes a suspicious key. Leaving the station, the officers are ambushed. Although Art shoots one of the attackers, Ivan is knocked unconscious, Gallagher is killed, and Rosta gets away. At the hospital, Ivan awakens and decides to remain in Chicago until he completes his mission. Back at the station, Ivan promises Donnelly he will apprehend Rosta, but the commander assigns Art Ridzik to be his partner. Through an informant named Streak, they learn that Rosta was working with a syndicate known as the “Brotherhood,” led by Abdul Elijah. Meeting with Abdul, Ivan informs him that he has Rosta’s locker key, and Abdul admits that the key opens a locker containing payment for a cocaine shipment that Rosta will be sending to Moscow. Later, Ivan and Art follow Rosta’s wife, Cat Manzetti, but they are led to a parking garage and cornered by members of Abdul’s Brotherhood. Rosta appears and demands the locker key, but Ivan refuses, and Rosta is forced to flee. Later, Art and Ivan go to the hospital to interrogate the attacker shot during Rosta’s escape, but when they arrive, Josip Baroda, an associate of Rosta’s, kills the attacker with an injection. Art gives chase, and as Baroda draws a gun, Ivan shoots him dead. Afterward, Donnelly orders Ivan to hand over his firearm and stop his investigation. However, Art still wants to avenge Gallagher’s murder, and secretly gives Ivan his spare gun. Returning to his hotel, Ivan is attacked by members of the Brotherhood. While Ivan fights them off, Rosta sneaks into his room and steals the locker key. Later, Art takes Ivan to visit Pat Nunn, a locksmith. Looking through a catalog, they discover Rosta’s key matches the lockers located at the American Liberty Lines cross-country bus terminal. There, Rosta receives his drug shipment and loads it inside an empty bus. As Ivan and Art arrive, Rosta drives off. Chasing him in another bus, Ivan and Art cause Rosta to crash into an oncoming train. As Rosta crawls out of the wreckage, Ivan kills him. Later, Art takes Ivan to the airport. As a token of their new friendship, they exchange wristwatches. +

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