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The Defender (2004)

Dolph Lundgren , Jerry Springer  |  R |  DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Dolph Lundgren, Jerry Springer
  • Format: AC-3, Color, Dolby, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Bauer
  • DVD Release Date: October 18, 2005
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
  • ASIN: B000B5XPBU
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #193,165 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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The United States will not give an inch against terrorists, especially to Mohamed Jamar. Jamar represents a paradox: he can never be killed, because if found dead he would become an instant martyr. Roberta Jones, the head of the National Security Agency, is working to ensure he remains invisible, forever. When she and her bodyguard Lance Rockford arrive for a secret meeting with Jamar, they are ambushed. They have to fight for their lives against an unknown attacker. Lance, a man of highest integrity with an impressive record of service for his country, is forced into a situation which challenges his very beliefs... The Defender stars Dolph Lundgren (Rocky IV, The Punisher, Johnny Mneumonic) and Jerry Springer ("The Jerry Springer Show").

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Flik March 9, 2007
By Seckmea
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I have always had a weakness for action films, and though I usually avoid ones that promise to have a lot of suspense simply because I am actually easily scared I found that this movie is fantastic despite the few areas that are full of suspence are deftly handled and add to the plot of the story rather than being just there to scare you. the plot is well thought out and executed...I must say I was surprised at the ending! although in hindsight I should have seen it coming. Anyway, I love the way it was directed, the lighting was perfect in every shot...well thought out, you know, sometimes in movies something is supposed to happen at night but it seems really bright outside? well, that doesn't happen in this movie. death scenes are believable, blood strategic rather than over the top...not that there isn't a lot of it...and really, really well acted. There weren't very many awkward parts, where you didn't believe that the charecters really were who they thought that they were. And though I normally find that political stories are a bit dry, or totally paranoid I found this one to be really engaging and not the least bit boring. On the whole it you like action films, and slightly surprising plot twists, I suggest this movie wholeheartedly.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mr. President, we have a winner November 7, 2005
So how many movies has Dolph Lundgren been in? Quite a few, right? Well, I have to say, this has been one of his best works so far. Maybe it's because he also had the whole directing thing going on, I don't know. What I do know is that he did a great job with the movie in both aspects (directing and acting).

Solid movie that won't dissapoint.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Root for the Romanians July 23, 2007
"The Defender" is an interesting film because of the questions it raises about people who place values of patriotism so high that they are willing to violate the principles of democracy they seek to defend. This fundamental philosophic blunder that the end justifies the means is well illustrated in Douglas W. Miller's screenplay with Dolph Lundgren's direction. Jerry Springer plays the president who uncovers a top-level plot to overthrow the president. Along with Mrs. Jones -- who I wasn't sure whether she played the National Security Advisor or the Secretary of State -- set up a clandestine meeting with a figure so heinous that it'd be like George Bush setting up a meeting with Osama bin Laden. Mrs. Jones is played by Caroline Lee Johnson, who does a good job as the brainy and loyal presidential advisor. Since this is extremely top secret, only a few are privy to the meeting taking place; and it is stressed to Lundgren's security force that no one must know. Unfortunately, Newell played by Ian Potter from The Jacket & "Saving Private Ryan" is the patriotic traitor who believes the president is too soft on terrorists and must be removed. When Lundren & Mrs. Jones show up for the secret meeting at a castle outside of Bucharest, Romania, they are met by a team of United States secret ops who are there to kill Jamal (the Osama character) and Mrs. Jones, making public the president's blunder. So the irony is that you've got U.S. secret ops sent out to kill the Secretary of State (my best guess) being fought by Dolph Lundgren's secret service ops. The reversal comes when we learn that the entire meeting has been a setup to flush out the traitorous high level generals, senator and national security people. Read more ›
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Calling all lundgren fans November 1, 2005
the defender, how do you put this into words, lets see, awesome, original (for once), and keeps you on your toes. This movie is honesty put together very well despite it being a straight to dvd release. Anyways dolph is no traditional hero in any of his movies and works a little better as an anti-hero. Hilarious scene in the movie is when dolph lundgren shoots this guy in the torso, baddy falls down, and is struggling to move, then lundgren shoots him again, only this time in the dudes head. hahaha. Jerry Springer also did a pretty decent job considering his acting resume. Check it out, only 3 left on amazon at the moment.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars BOOM! BOOM! BOOM! November 7, 2005
again?...ok...BOOM!...if you want action with a side of twisted plot...then check out "The Defender"'s our buddy, Dolph Lundgren's directorial first and he does a damn good job. It had been awhile since seeing anything with this guy in it and "The Defender" totally satisfied the absence....

an added bonus?....Jerry Spriner plays our nation's president! nuts is that!?
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars grab some popcorn November 1, 2005
...and check this movie out immediately. I've been a long time lundgren fan but for some reason i was a bit skeptical of this movie. For one its lundgrens directorial debut and second (i laugh still) its starring the great jerry springer. Hmmmm, but i decided to order it anyways, and i must say i was impressed just watching the opening credits. It seemed like it had a hollywood blockbuster budget, but i can only credit lundgren for how he got the effects. Anyways the action is fast and catches you off guard most of the time. Best scene is when they are navagating the sewers beneath the hotel and are ambushed by some baddies. life long lundgren fans should definately not miss this one.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars for a lundgren move this rocked November 1, 2005
okay so i picked up this movie at blockbuster, and to be honest it was due to curiosity. I had heard some buzz about it a little while back, but i had forgotten ever sicne. I was shocked to learn that this is Lundgrens directorial debut which made a big difference after the movie had stopped playing. My favorite scene in the movie is actually the first action scene when dolph demonstrates that guns arent the only effective way for killing his enemies. Overall i would highly recommend this movie to anyone looking for an incredible adventure in both action and choreography. And + for a lundgren film the script isnt completely crap, maybe even good.
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3.0 out of 5 stars passing grades for actor and director . . .
Dolf Lundgren makes his directorial debut in The Defender (2004), an action/adventure film that delivers what you expect, plenty of gunfire, explosions, and combat in tight... Read more
Published on September 13, 2009 by trebe
3.0 out of 5 stars Is It Worth Defending?
I'm glad to see that "The Defender" has gotten such good reviews. After disasters like Agent Red, fans of Dolph Lundgren definitely deserved a movie they could get excited about. Read more
Published on January 1, 2009 by Mike Sehorn
4.0 out of 5 stars SHOWDOWN IN ROMANIA
Action icon Dolph Lundgren stars as Lance Rockford, a secret service agent covering a top-secret diplomatic assignment in Romania with high stakes for the war on terror. Read more
Published on December 24, 2008 by K. Jump
1.0 out of 5 stars Shame on Dolph
Easily the most wasteful use of cinema in ages. The fact that many reviewers here actually gave this movie more than one star is a frightening comentary on society. Read more
Published on July 21, 2006 by E. E. Smith
3.0 out of 5 stars Sinks under its own weight
This film contains the action scenes we expect from such a vehicle, but the writers for some reason decided to tie these scenes to a plot so complex, and (for me) unlikely, that it... Read more
Published on November 21, 2005 by Brian Libby
4.0 out of 5 stars Overall entertainment
I'll keep this short and sweet. Very good story/plot + Great action + Good acting = Entertainment
Published on November 7, 2005 by stick stigley
4.0 out of 5 stars two words: JERRY SPRINGER!
well that's not what the whole movie is about, but he was pretty good in it! No seriously though, this was a very entertaining movie and with Dolph Lundgren playing the... Read more
Published on November 7, 2005 by graffiti_girl
5.0 out of 5 stars Dolph Lundgren shows no mercy.
I always get a kick watching mr lundgren in all his action stunts throughout the many years of him on the silver screen doing what he does best....killing. Read more
Published on November 1, 2005 by laDeathEn
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