Invasion U.S.A. (1985)

R | 108 mins | Adventure | 27 September 1985

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HISTORY

       Principal photography began 18 Mar 1985, according to 19 Mar 1985 HR production charts, which listed the picture’s former title as Invasion. However, production notes in AMPAS library files dated 22 Mar 1985 reported filming would begin 25 Mar 1985 in Atlanta, GA, with plans to shoot in Miami, FL, in late Apr 1985. The 21 Mar 1985 HR announced an eight-week shooting schedule. Filming was underway in Miami, FL, according to the 18 Apr 1985 HR.
       The 7 Jun 1985 Backstage reported that seventy-five local background actors were used in Fort Pierce, FL, to film the beach invasion scene, which took a week to shoot.
       Production notes reported that over 10,000 background actors were used in the picture. Filmmakers found a shopping mall that was undergoing construction, and were able to use explosives for an attack scene that filmed for six days and reportedly cost $1 million. Filmmakers also purchased an entire suburban GA street that included eight homes set for demolition due to an airport expansion, and blew up the homes for one of the film’s sequences.
       According to the 24 Jul 1985 Var, stuntman Max Maxwell filed a lawsuit against Cannon Films, after being injured on set when an explosion shattered a steel-plated garage door.
       Filming completed on 3 Jul 1985, according to a press release dated 9 Jul 1985. The picture was set for a 4 Oct 1985 release in more than 1,000 theaters. However, the 17 Sep 1985 HR announced the $20 million picture would open 27 Sep 1985 in over ... More Less

       Principal photography began 18 Mar 1985, according to 19 Mar 1985 HR production charts, which listed the picture’s former title as Invasion. However, production notes in AMPAS library files dated 22 Mar 1985 reported filming would begin 25 Mar 1985 in Atlanta, GA, with plans to shoot in Miami, FL, in late Apr 1985. The 21 Mar 1985 HR announced an eight-week shooting schedule. Filming was underway in Miami, FL, according to the 18 Apr 1985 HR.
       The 7 Jun 1985 Backstage reported that seventy-five local background actors were used in Fort Pierce, FL, to film the beach invasion scene, which took a week to shoot.
       Production notes reported that over 10,000 background actors were used in the picture. Filmmakers found a shopping mall that was undergoing construction, and were able to use explosives for an attack scene that filmed for six days and reportedly cost $1 million. Filmmakers also purchased an entire suburban GA street that included eight homes set for demolition due to an airport expansion, and blew up the homes for one of the film’s sequences.
       According to the 24 Jul 1985 Var, stuntman Max Maxwell filed a lawsuit against Cannon Films, after being injured on set when an explosion shattered a steel-plated garage door.
       Filming completed on 3 Jul 1985, according to a press release dated 9 Jul 1985. The picture was set for a 4 Oct 1985 release in more than 1,000 theaters. However, the 17 Sep 1985 HR announced the $20 million picture would open 27 Sep 1985 in over 1,600 theaters, reportedly the widest release to date for an independent film.
       First week totals were $6.9 million, and $3.5 million from the second week, according to the Oct 1985 Box.
      End credits include the following acknowledgement: “Special thanks to the Georgia Army National Guard; Major General Joseph W. Griffin; The Adjutant General; Nissan Motors; R. Dakin Toy Company; Halston Perfume; Merv Griffin Enterprises; The Georgia Film Commission; Phyllis Diller; The City of Miami Film Commission; The Florida Film Commission; Anheuser-Busch, Inc.; Dan Sandberg.”
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SOURCE CITATIONS
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DATE
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Backstage
7 Jun 1985
p. 51.
Box Office
Oct 1985.
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Hollywood Reporter
19 Mar 1985.
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Hollywood Reporter
21 Mar 1985.
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Hollywood Reporter
18 Apr 1985.
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Hollywood Reporter
17 Sep 1985.
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Hollywood Reporter
26 Sep 1985
p. 3, 26.
Los Angeles Times
27 Sep 1985
p. 8.
New York Times
27 Sep 1985
p. 6.
Variety
24 Jul 1985.
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Variety
25 Sep 1985
p. 14.
CAST
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PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXTS
The Cannon Group Presents
a Golan-Globus Production
Of a Joseph Zito Film
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
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DIRECTORS
Unit prod mgr
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1st asst dir
2d asst dir
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PRODUCERS
WRITERS
Story
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PHOTOGRAPHY
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MUSIC
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MAKEUP
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Casting
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L.A. casting
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DETAILS
Alternate Title:
Invasion
Release Date:
27 September 1985
Premiere Information:
Los Angeles and New York openings: 27 September 1985
Production Date:
25 March--3 July 1985 in Miami and Fort Pierce, FL and Atlanta, GA
Copyright Claimant:
Cannon Films, Inc.
Copyright Date:
30 December 1985
Copyright Number:
PA281301
Physical Properties:
Sound
Dolby Stereo ® in Selected Theatres
Color
Duration(in mins):
108
MPAA Rating:
R
Country:
United States
Language:
English
PCA No:
27894
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

An American ship in the open water meets a boat of Cuban refugees heading to Florida. The Cubans fear deportation, but are welcomed by the ship’s captain. However, as they begin to board the ship, the Americans open fire, and kill every one of the Cubans. A handcuffed man emerges from the American ship and directs the Americans to a large stash of drugs hidden on the Cuban boat. Sometime later, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) arrives in Miami where the American ship was found drifting at sea, with the American crew members murdered inside. Miami police reveal that a female journalist named McGuire photographed the victims, and she turns her film over to the FBI. Elsewhere, the man posing as the ship’s captain, a Russian named Mikhail Rostov, meets with drug dealers at a run-down hotel to trade the confiscated drugs for a supply of weapons. After confirming the trade over the telephone with the weapon supplier, Rostov opens fire, killing the drug dealer and his female accomplice. In the Florida Everglades, a Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) agent visits retired operative, Matt Hunter, and asks him to return to duty to capture Rostov, but Hunter refuses. In a dream, Rostov aims a missile launcher at a house, but before he fires, Hunter arrives and stops him. Rostov awakens, revealing his nightmare to his associate, Nikko, and demands that Hunter be killed before they continue their operation. Rostov and several men attack Hunter’s home by boat, and murder his friend, John Eagle, before blowing up his house. Later, Rostov and Nikko discuss their plan to attack ... +


An American ship in the open water meets a boat of Cuban refugees heading to Florida. The Cubans fear deportation, but are welcomed by the ship’s captain. However, as they begin to board the ship, the Americans open fire, and kill every one of the Cubans. A handcuffed man emerges from the American ship and directs the Americans to a large stash of drugs hidden on the Cuban boat. Sometime later, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) arrives in Miami where the American ship was found drifting at sea, with the American crew members murdered inside. Miami police reveal that a female journalist named McGuire photographed the victims, and she turns her film over to the FBI. Elsewhere, the man posing as the ship’s captain, a Russian named Mikhail Rostov, meets with drug dealers at a run-down hotel to trade the confiscated drugs for a supply of weapons. After confirming the trade over the telephone with the weapon supplier, Rostov opens fire, killing the drug dealer and his female accomplice. In the Florida Everglades, a Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) agent visits retired operative, Matt Hunter, and asks him to return to duty to capture Rostov, but Hunter refuses. In a dream, Rostov aims a missile launcher at a house, but before he fires, Hunter arrives and stops him. Rostov awakens, revealing his nightmare to his associate, Nikko, and demands that Hunter be killed before they continue their operation. Rostov and several men attack Hunter’s home by boat, and murder his friend, John Eagle, before blowing up his house. Later, Rostov and Nikko discuss their plan to attack America. That night on the beach, Nikko murders two lovers in cold blood, and greets four boatloads of gun-toting terrorists, who board a fleet of trucks in preparation for a citywide attack. Hunter agrees to take the assignment to kill Rostov. The FBI investigates the boats and bodies on the beach. On a quiet street where families celebrate Christmas, Rostov and Nikko attack their homes with rocket launchers. Elsewhere, two men pose as police officers and invade a community party, randomly killing party guests. Reporter McGuire is in attendance, but her life is spared. When real police officers arrive, the survivors protest and throw bricks at them, as McGuire photographs the chaos. The FBI arrives and McGuire learns that more than twenty random incidences of violence have occurred throughout Miami. Meanwhile, Hunter searches for Rostov, and follows a lead to the King Cobra bar. There, he threatens a man for information, but learns nothing. At a shopping mall, a bomb is detonated, gunmen attack, and Hunter drives a truck inside the mall to return fire. As the fight continues outside, McGuire arrives, and Hunter commandeers her automobile to chase the terrorists, who have fled with a female hostage. With McGuire in tow, a chase ensues. Hunter drives close to the terrorists’ truck, and McGuire grabs the woman, who dangles outside of the vehicle, and pulls her to safety. The gunmen’s truck crashes and explodes. Later, Hunter shoots several of Rostov’s men who were posing as armed guards, and learns Rostov’s whereabouts from one of them. As the attackers prepare to blow up a church full of families, Hunter comes to their rescue, throwing the bomb back at the plotters. Hunter saves a crowd of people on the street. When Nikko grabs McGuire, Hunter kills him. Parents send their children out of the city for their safety by bus. The attackers plant an explosive on the moving bus, and Hunter again comes to the rescue, removing the bomb and placing it on the enemy vehicle. Sometime later, FBI agents break down Hunter’s door and arrest him for his vigilante activities, stating that he is not above the law. Rostov learns of Hunter’s arrest from television news. As the military enforces a citywide curfew, McGuire captures the events on film. Hunter releases a televised threat to Rostov, who sends truckloads of men to attack the police station where Hunter is being held. Military tanks line the streets, and Hunter joins the fight. Rostov realizes that his men have been led into a trap. While heavy gunfire is exchanged, Hunter searches for Rostov. When they meet, a fight ensues, and Hunter blows Rostov away with a rocket launcher. +

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