Predator

  • Directors: John McTiernan
  • Producers: Joel Silver, Lawrence Gordon, John Davis
  • Writers: Jim Thomas, John Thomas
  • Genres: Action, Adventure, Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller
  • Actors: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Carl Weathers, Elpidia Carrillo, Bill Duke, Jesse Ventura, Kevin Peter Hall

The film opens with a mysterious spacecraft entering Earth’s atmosphere, then focuses on the coast of Guatemala, where a joint task force, led by Major Alan “Dutch” Schaeffer (Arnold Schwarzenegger), is assigned to rescue a presidential cabinet minister kidnapped by guerrilla forces in Val Verde. Dutch’s old military buddy and now CIA officer, George Dillon (Carl Weathers), steps in as a liaison. The team is then inserted by helicopter to their destination within the jungle.

As they progress, the team finds the wreckage of a downed helicopter and later the remains of several skinned bodies. They are identified to be an Army Special Forces team, whose presence in the country mystifies Dutch. They soon make their way to a heavily defended rebel encampment and take out its inhabitants in short order, except for a girl named Anna (Elpidia Carrillo) whom they take prisoner. Dutch is enraged to discover the rescue mission had been a setup to get his group to destroy the camp, after Dillon confesses that the men they found earlier disappeared in a failed rescue mission of two CIA agents.

As the team make their way to the extraction point, they are observed from afar by an unknown creature using thermal imaging. After two members of the team are mysteriously slain, the survivors become aware that something in the jungle is stalking them. Anna delivers insight into the creature, which has apparently become a local legend for hunting humans as trophies. Despite attempts to track down and trap the creature, the team is slowly killed off one by one, until only Dutch and Anna remain. Realizing the creature only kills those possessing weapons, a wounded Dutch sends Anna unarmed to the extraction point. Dutch narrowly escapes the creature – revealed to be a masked, bipedal alien – by accidentally covering himself in mud, which hides his body’s heat signature.

Dutch confronts the creature one last time, using more mud as camouflage and a number of improvised weapons and traps to kill it. The creature, hearing Dutch’s war-cry, arrives, but despite having its cloaking ability disabled in an attack, manages to capture him. Then, in a display of chivalry, the creature challenges Dutch to a final duel in hand-to-hand combat, unveiling its monstrous face and discarding its electronic weaponry before brutally beating him. Once cornered, Dutch manages to drop the counterweight from one of his traps, which falls and crushes the creature. As Dutch asks the mortally wounded alien what it is, the creature mimics his question (in garbled English) and then activates a time bomb on its wrist device while laughing maniacally. Dutch runs for cover as a massive explosion destroys the creature and nearby jungle. Anna and the rescue helicopter finally arrive to pick up Dutch and head back to base.

The Comebacks

  • Directors: Tom Brady
  • Producers: Adam F Goldberg
  • Writers: Joey Gutierrez, Ed Yeager
  • Genres: Comedy, Sport
  • Actors: David Koechner, Carl Weathers, Matthew Lawrence

Coach Lambeau Fields (David Koechner) is pathetic. He has the distinction of being the worst coach in the history of sports anyone can recall. A loser of enormous proportions, the incompetent and seemingly hopeless coach is convinced by fellow coach Freddie Wiseman (Carl Weathers) to return to the field for one last shot. Assuring his long suffering wife (Melora Hardin) that he will not ignore his family, Coach moves them to Plainfolk, Texas where he hopes to redeem himself and his reputation. Here he begins yet another attempt to improve his abysmal record – this time as the coach of the football team at Heartland State University. But he is saddled with a team of misfits – most of whom don’t know the difference between a line of scrimmage and a line at the cafeteria. Although the team and townsfolk are leery of the newcomer’s approach, the Coach uses his unorthodox methods to whip this group of rag-tags into shape – both on and off the field. While the audience follows their winding road to the playoffs, the film pokes fun at the clichés and conventions of other sports flicks. And the team does make progress, so much so that they actually make it to the South-Southwest Conference Championship at the 2nd Annual Toilet Bowl. Facing their fiercest opponents yet and yearning to win the big game, The Comebacks face off with the Lone Star State Unbeatables. And as every great sports team has always done, The Comebacks use ingenuity and unorthodox measures in the final showdown where the best team win. The Comebacks are victorious, but Lambeau is subsequently knocked down in a surprise attack by a bus with Freddie driving it, who laughs manically as Lambeau is in pain . Lambeau groans in agony.

Happy Gilmore

  • Directors: Dennis Dugan
  • Producers: Robert Simonds
  • Writers: Tim Herlihy, Adam Sandler
  • Genres: Comedy, Romance, Sport
  • Actors: Adam Sandler, Carl Weathers, Julie Bowen, Allen Covert, Frances Bay, Christopher McDonald, Ben Stiller

Happy Gilmore (Adam Sandler) is an aspiring ice hockey player from Waterbury, Connecticut who masters a powerful, and dangreous slapshot that his late father taught him as a child. However, his aggression and poor skating ability render it impossible for him to make any hockey team. His grandmother (Frances Bay), with whom he’s lived almost all his life due to an unfortunate hockey-related incident which killed his father, has not paid her taxes for many years. As such, she owes $270,000 to the IRS and the house that Happy’s grandfather “built with his bare hands” is about to be seized. Grandma Gilmore is forced to temporarily move into a retirement home run as a sweatshop by Hal, the retirement home’s sadistic manager (Ben Stiller in an uncredited role). While repossessing Grandma’s furniture, a pair of movers challenge Happy to shoot golf balls, and his unorthodox hockey slapshot hits 400 yards three times, winning $40 as a result. This gives Happy the idea to go to the driving range to make money with bets on his swing. When ex-golf player and current Club Pro Chubbs Peterson (Carl Weathers) (who was forced to retire when his hand was bitten off by an alligator) sees Happy’s shot, he talks Happy into entering a local tournament by convincing him he can make a lot of money. Happy wins the tournament and earns a spot on the PGA Tour. However, against Chubbs’ advice Happy joins the tour immediately after learning he can make enough money to buy back Grandma’s house.

Shooter is attacked by an angry mob of spectators after he steals the gold jacket from Doug in a fit of hysteria after Happy wins. The film closes with Happy being congratulated by the two-handed ghost of Chubbs, Abraham Lincoln, and the alligator (reference to Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi).

Rocky III

  • Directors: Sylvester Stallone
  • Producers: Robert Chartoff, Irwin Winkler
  • Writers: Sylvester Stallone
  • Genres: Action, Sport
  • Actors: Sylvester Stallone, Talia Shire, Burt Young, Carl Weathers, Burgess Meredith, Mr T, Tony Burton

Rocky III begins with the ending of the 15th round of the rematch between Rocky and Apollo Creed, with Rocky Balboa becoming the new heavyweight champion of the world. This is followed by an opening montage of scenes that explain what happened in the time between Rocky II and Rocky III. In the five years since winning the heavyweight title from Apollo, Rocky has a string of 10 successful title defenses. As his winning streak grows, so does his fame, wealth and celebrity, and soon Rocky is seen everywhere, from magazine covers to TV show guest star appearances. Rocky is also heavily merchandised, sponsoring varied products and services. At the same time, a ferocious new boxer named James “Clubber” Lang (Mr. T) is climbing the ranks, rapidly becoming the number one contender for Rocky’s title.

Rocky’s brother-in-law Paulie (Burt Young) has grown jealous of Rocky’s accomplishments. After a night of heavy drinking, Paulie stumbles into a video arcade, destroys a ROCKY pinball machine in a rage and is arrested. Rocky bails him out of jail and, on the way to Rocky’s car to ride home, Paulie begins berating Rocky for forgetting him on his climb to the top. Paulie swallows his pride and asks Rocky for a job, which Rocky grants him.

Soon afterwards, Rocky and Apollo return to Mickey’s gym, with Apollo revealing the price of his training: a third fight with Rocky. However, this time it would only be a sparring match between two new friends, which Rocky accepts.

Rocky IV

  • Directors: Sylvester Stallone
  • Producers: Robert Chartoff, Irwin Winkler
  • Writers: Sylvester Stallone
  • Genres: Action, Sport
  • Actors: Sylvester Stallone, Talia Shire, Burt Young, Carl Weathers, Tony Burton, Brigitte Nielsen, Dolph Lundgren

The story opens with “Eye of the Tiger” during the climax of Rocky Balboa’s rematch against Clubber Lang, where Rocky defeated Lang with a KO in the third round to regain his title. The picture then fades and we see Apollo Creed presenting his favor to Rocky shortly after the Lang fight for helping him train. Meanwhile, Ivan Drago (Dolph Lundgren), a highly intimidating 6´5ft, 260 pound Soviet boxer, arrives in America with his wife Ludmilla (Brigitte Nielsen), an Olympic gold medal swimmer, his manager, Nicolai Koloff (Michael Pataki), and a team of trainers headed by grizzled Russian coach Igor Rimsky (George Rogan), and the Cuban Manuel Vega (James “Cannonball” Green) to challenge the best American fighters. His manager takes great pride in showing off the hi-tech equipment which aids in improving Drago’s performance. As a demonstration, Drago throws punches at a machine that measures the hit’s strength, exceeding 1800 psi per punch.

Motivated by patriotism and a desire to prove himself, Apollo is desperate to step back into the ring in an exhibition bout against Drago. Rocky has reservations, but comes round to supporting his friend by helping to train him for the fight. Apollo sets the match between himself and Drago in Las Vegas. With Rocky in his corner, Apollo flamboyantly makes an even bigger show than when he first fought Rocky – including fireworks and a patriotic theme. Starting the fight in his trademark manner, Drago manages to catch him off-guard quickly and batters Apollo with a series of devasting punches. At the break, Rocky pleads with Apollo to quit the fight, but Apollo is determined to finish, which only leads to tragedy when he collapses and dies in Rocky’s arms from Drago’s continuous blows.

In the final round of the fight, Rocky and Drago trade punch after punch. Eventually, Balboa manages to overcome Drago knocking him out, to the shock of Soviet premier (who strongly resembles the then Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev) and his aides who have no option but to applaud Rocky for fear of backlash. Following his victory, Rocky gives an impassioned speech to the crowd, acknowledging their initial and mutual disdain for each other, and how they’ve come to respect and admire each other during the fight.

Rocky

  • Directors: John G Avildsen
  • Producers: Robert Chartoff, Irwin Winkler
  • Writers: Sylvester Stallone
  • Genres: Action, Sport
  • Actors: Sylvester Stallone, Talia Shire, Burt Young, Carl Weathers, Burgess Meredith

In November, 1975, Rocky Balboa is introduced as a small-time boxer and collector for Gazzo (Joe Spinell), a loan shark. The WBA World Heavyweight Championship bout is scheduled for New Year’s Day, 1976, the year of the United States Bicentennial. When the opponent of undefeated heavyweight champion Apollo Creed (Carl Weathers) is injured, Creed comes up with the idea of fighting a local Philadelphia underdog and, because he likes Rocky’s nickname, “The Italian Stallion,” he selects the unknown fighter. He puts it in light by proclaiming “Apollo Creed meets ‘The Italian Stallion.’

To prepare for the fight, Rocky trains with 1920s-era ex-bantamweight fighter Mickey Goldmill (Burgess Meredith), while Rocky’s good friend, Paulie (Burt Young), a meat-packing plant worker, lets him practice his punches on the carcasses hanging in the freezers. During training, Rocky dates Paulie’s quiet sister, Adrian (Talia Shire). The night before the fight, Rocky confides in Adrian that he does not expect to beat Creed, and that all he wants is to go the distance with Creed (which no fighter has ever done), meaning that lasting 15 rounds (the typical scheduled length of championship fights at the time) against him would mean he “… wasn’t just another bum from the neighborhood.”

Creed does not initially take the fight seriously, but Rocky unexpectedly knocks him down in the first round and the match turns intense. The fight indeed lasts 15 rounds with each fighter suffering many injuries. After the fight, Rocky calls out for Adrian, who runs down to the ring. As the ring announcer declares the fight for Apollo Creed by virtue of a split decision, Adrian and Rocky embrace while they profess their love to one another, not caring about the results of the fight.