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Remo Williams - The Adventure Begins (1985)

Fred Ward , Joel Grey , Guy Hamilton  |  PG-13 |  DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (136 customer reviews)


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  • Actors: Fred Ward, Joel Grey, Wilford Brimley, J.A. Preston, George Coe
  • Directors: Guy Hamilton
  • Writers: Christopher Wood, Richard Sapir, Warren Murphy
  • Producers: Dick Clark, Judy Goldstein, Larry Spiegel, Mel Bergman
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Full Screen, Subtitled, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: MGM (Video & DVD)
  • DVD Release Date: July 15, 2003
  • Run Time: 121 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (136 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000092Q5C
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #66,112 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Remo Williams - The Adventure Begins" on IMDb

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Editorial Reviews

When a street-smart NYPD cop (Fred Ward) regains consciousness after a bizarre mugging, he has a new face and a new identity! Now heÂ's Remo Williams, the #1 recruit of a top-secret organization, and heÂ's toppling evil at every turn – even atop the Statue of Liberty – in this Â"spectacular and funny adventure filmÂ" (Gene Siskel, Chicago Tribune)! Trained by a quirky Korean martial arts master (Joel Grey) to dodge bullets, brave terrifying heights and thwart attackers with his bare hands, Remo becomes the ultimate criminal exterminator. But when he faces off against a corrupt millionaire and his army of henchmen, the real adventure begins!

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49 of 56 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars 4 Stars for the movie, 1 star for the DVD! August 13, 2003
By Lulu
Format:DVD
I can't tell you how disappointed I was when Remo Williams FINALLY was released to DVD and MGM had the temerity to release it in FULL-FRAME (pan and scan) rather than widescreen in its original theatrical aspect ratio! It's 2003, MGM...people are savvier about film than they used to be, and we want to see our favorite films the way they were originally presented in the theater! I don't even demand "extras" like commentary or making-of documentaries...just a crisp transfer in anamorphic widescreen with enhanced sound. Is that so much to ask?
Four stars for the movie "Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins" - a wonderfully engaging '80s action-adventure flick that doesn't take itself too seriously, featuring terrific performances by Fred Ward and Joel Grey - and one star for the crummy presentation it received on DVD. Remo deserves so much better than this.
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24 of 28 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Nooooooo! Full Screen Format?! Why?! July 27, 2003
Format:DVD
It wasn't until after I purchased this DVD that I realized it was full screen format. WHY, WHY, WHY?! Don't studios realize that we want widescreen? At the very least, they could put a large disclaimer on the front. This bites. Remo Williams is a great movie and deserves better than this cut rate DVD.
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26 of 31 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
I was one of the many who wanted to purchase this movie and have been waiting for a DVD release. I'm no big fan of the movie, but it is a fun-filled action romp that just about everyone should find enjoyable in one way or another.
Unfortunately, MGM continues their short-sighted position that movies that do not qualify as epics or blockbusters do not deserve the appropriate and correct widescreen version that it deserves. The notion that only particular movies deserve to be butchered for the sake of an apathic general public is mind-numbingly absurd.
This continues to astonish videophiles such as myself in that MGM has released less-appealing and less-popular movies not only in widescreen but also in anamorphic widescreen for higher resolution on widescreen TVs.
This DVD could have been a superb DVD had it been given the right treatment. Even DVD authoring packages meant for the home are capable of 16:9, widescreen presentations. The fact that a major studio cannot put forth the same DVD creation effort that someone can do in their own home is completely mind boggling.
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20 of 24 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I loved it July 17, 2003
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I saw this in the theater when it came out and anxiously awaited the sequels. This is one movie where the sequel would have probably been a much better movie if for no other reason than actors and director would get into The Destroyer legend.
I loved the books at least up until Richard Sapir passed away. The books were fun, funny and contained much social satire. They were gems of wit and wisdom.
Basically it is about a cop recruited to be a supersecret agent for the government for an agency called CURE. The theory being that the President needed a tool to combat evil that could be fought only by violating the Constitution. Of course Presidents now boast about violating the constitution but these stories are from a more innocent age.
In the movie Fred Ward is perfectly cast as Remo Williams named in a very amusing way - "We put a lot of thought into it."
Joel Gray does a marvelous job of Chiun the Master of Sinanju the latest in a line of assasins dating back a millenia or two. Sinanju being the "sun source of all martial arts".
Wilford Brimly is probably the biggest departure from the books cast as Harold Smith. In the series Smith was a much more interesting character and the interplay between him and Remo is always entertaining.
Overall the plot was weak. Iw ould have rather had them adapt one of the many stories from the book series. I just never felt that Grove was that evil a guy worthy of accelerating Remo's mission. Patrick Kilpatrick was a great villan - muscle man "Stone". I particularly enjoyed the scene where Remo uses Stone's special feature to escape from a gas chamber.
The film was well structured I thought with equal amounts of Remo's training and mission, Joel Gray doing a wonderful Chiun, soap operas and all.
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19 of 23 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Depends on if you're a fan of the book or not. April 26, 2001
Format:VHS Tape
This film gets a lot of bad commentary by people who did not read the book series that it was based on. The.......... review has this problem as well. This movie was based on a series that currently has 123+ books in it. If you are a fan of the books, the character acting by Joel Grey and Fred Ward is pretty right on, not a political correctness faux pas as the review suggests. It was not stereotypical acting, but a near perfect depiction of a character whose personality has developed over the course of a 100+ books. Yes, the action scenes are a little lukewarm primarily because it was not really possible to depict the capabilities of the book characters with the technology of the time. If you are a Destroyer fan, you will most likely love this movie and the life it brings to Chuin and Remo, and even Harold Smith (although Wilford Brimley is a little too portly to be the gaunt, perfectly groomed Smith, although he accomplishes the lemonyness perfectly).
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars No Widescreen Version? Boo! September 11, 2003
Format:DVD
This is a classic 80s film that I enjoyed greatly when I was much younger. I only buy DVDs these days because of their superior features and longevity compared to VHS. So I was happy to learn Remo Williams was finally coming out on DVD so I could add it to my collection.
Alas, my hopes were shattered when I went to my local video store to pick up a copy. The movie only comes in FULL SCREEN. I am so disappointed. One of the best reasons to own a feature in DVD is to see it in widescreen, without the sides of the movie cut off to fit TVs with a 4:3 aspect ratio. But for some ungodly reason the studio has released Remo Williams in full screen. This is a very entertaining flick I want to see again in all it's silly, nostalgic, widescreen glory. I cannot forgive the people responsible for leaving it visually incomplete. Unless of course 4:3 IS the original format the movie was filmed in, which I seriously doubt.
I give 4 stars for the movie, 1 for the format.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Not exactly a hero's welcome
In 1985, no name was more synonymous with action than REMO WILLIAMS. Directed by veteran 007 helmer Guy Hamilton and starring Fred Ward in what was to become his signature role,... Read more
Published 5 days ago by LP Quagmire
5.0 out of 5 stars Remo Williams
awesome movie. a cop is recruited by and underground agency which answers directly to the president and uses
mysterious ways of training people and accomplishing their... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Gman
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful movie
This is a wonderfully entertaining film, that has a jewell inside - It's Joel Grey, who is simply magnificent as he creates a brilliant being of grace, astonishment, and... Read more
Published 2 months ago by P. Sawyer
5.0 out of 5 stars status of remo williams
no problems noted....sorry don't make up words to add to 17.
pure and simple.
remo, remo, remo, remo, remo, remo
Published 2 months ago by Simply sister
5.0 out of 5 stars Young Kate Mulgrew
I liked watching this movie again. I saw it when it first came out. Joel Gray's part in the movie is very funny and entertaining. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Troy Watson
4.0 out of 5 stars Remo Williams
I have seen this movie several times and have it on my DVR. I have seen lots of movies I like. This is a fun adventure about a cop who has a face ajustment and his name is changed... Read more
Published 3 months ago by movie lover too
4.0 out of 5 stars dated but fun
Quirky and entertaining, action a little slow and awkward by post-Jackie Chan standards, and Fred Ward is as entertaining as usual.
Published 3 months ago by Douglas Millhoff
5.0 out of 5 stars campy but fun
the dvd was kind of hard to find in other places. this is one of my guilty pleasures. enjoyed the off beat humor
Go Remo!!
Published 3 months ago by Roberta Ponstingle
5.0 out of 5 stars A great movie
My son wanted this movie because he heard it was both a drama and funny. we all enjoyed it very much. we would recommend to others. the delivery time was great too
Published 3 months ago by Sharon Schmahl
4.0 out of 5 stars ....But It Didn't End!
Remo Williams was an attempt to start a movie franchise, and well.... it didn't work. These days a franchise, trilogy or sequel seems to be a safe bet(Hunger Games, Lord of the... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Stanley Runk
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