20th Century Fox Released 1987


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John McTiernan

Major Dutch Schaefer is the leader of a military rescue unit looking for allies captured by guerrillas in the Latin American jungle. But when Schaefer attempts to lead his unit out, with a captured guerrilla in tow, something horrifying and inexplicable begins to happen: One by one the men are killed by a mysterious adversary - a Predator from another world.


Metacritic Score

  • 75

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    Moves at a breakneck pace, it has strong and simple characterizations, it has good location photography and terrific special effects, and it supplies what it claims to supply: an e...

  • 50


    A slightly above-average actioner that tries to compensate for tissue-thin-plot with ever-more-grisly death sequences and impressive special effects.

  • 30

    The New York Times Elvis Mitchell

    Alternately grisly and dull, with few surprises. [12 June 1987, p.C6]

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (15)

    • Ponch: (Blain offers Poncho some chewing tobacco) Get that stinkin' s*** out of my face, man.
      Blain: Bunch of slack-jawed f****** around here! This stuff'll turn you into a goddamn sexual tyrannosaurus, just like me.

    • Mac: (Dillon inadvertently scares some birds) You're ghost'n us M***********. I don't care who you are back in the world. You give our position one more time, I'll bleed you, real quiet, leave you here. Got that?

    • Blain: (an enemy gunman is secure behind cover) Son of a bitch is dug in like an Alabama tick.
      Poncho: You're hit. You're bleedin' man.
      Blain: I ain't got time to bleed.
      Poncho: Oh... OK. (Poncho fires off his grenade launcher) You got time to duck?

    • Dutch: (Dutch throws a large knife and pins an enemy against a wall) Stick around.

    • Dutch: You set us up! It's all bull****. All of it. The cabinet minister, the whole business. Got us in here to do your dirty work.
      Dillon: Look, we just stopped a major invasion. In three days they'd have been across the border with this stuff.
      Dutch: Why us?
      Dillon: Because nobody else could have pulled it off.

    • Dutch: What happened to you Dillon? You used to be somebody I could trust.
      Dillon: I woke up. Why don't you? You're an asset, an expendable asset and I used you to get the job done. Got it?
      Dutch: My men aren't expendable.

    • Dutch: Hey, Billy. Give me a way out of this hole. Ariel says we are cut off.
      Billy: The only way outta here is that valley that leads to the east. I wouldn't wish that on a broke-d*** dog.

    • Mac: Goddamn! Buddy, buddy, buddy, buddy! I've seen some bad-ass bush before, man, but nothing like this.
      Blain: I hear you. This s***'s something. Makes Cambodia look like Kansas.

    • Blain: You lose it here. You're in a world of hurt.

    • Mac: I know one thing, Major. I drew and fired straight at it. Capped off 200 rounds in the minigun... full pack. Nothing... nothing on this earth could have lived. Not at that range.

    • Dutch: What is it? Billy... What the hell is wrong with you?
      Billy: There's something in those trees.

    • Poncho: Billy... you know something. What is it?
      Billy: I'm scared, Poncho.
      Poncho: Bulls***. You ain't afraid of no man.
      Billy: There's something out there waiting for us... and it ain't no man. We're all gonna die.

    • Anna: When the big man was killed, you must have wounded it. It's blood was on the leaves.
      Dutch: If it bleeds, we can kill it.

    • Dutch: (to Anna) Run! Go! Get to the chopper!

    • Dutch: (the Predator removes its helmet) You are one ugly M************.

  • NOTES (5)

    • Production Budget - $15,000,000
      Domestic Gross - $59,735,548 (12th)
      Worldwide Gross - $98,267,558 (12th)

      Domestic Adjusted for 2013 - $124,665,491
      Worldwide Adjusted for 2013 - $205,080,121

    • Production Companies:
      Amercent Films
      American Entertainment Partners L.P.
      Davis Entertainment
      Lawrence Gordon Productions
      Silver Pictures

    • Filming locations include:
      Jalisco, Mexico
      Palenque, Chiapas, Mexico
      Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, Mexico

    • Taglines:
      1. If it bleeds, we can kill it...
      2. Nothing like it has ever been on earth before.
      3. Soon the hunt will begin.
      4. In this movie, Arnold will experience every meaning of the word '' Pain ''.
      5. It came for the thrill of the hunt. It picked the wrong man to hunt.
      6. We cannot see it, but it sees the heat of our bodies and the heat of our fear.
      7. Nothing like it has ever been on Earth before. It came from another planet for the thrill of the hunt. It picked the wrong man.
      8. In a part of the world where there are no rules, deep in the jungle where nothing that lives is safe, an elite rescue squad is being led by the ultimate warrior. But now, they're up against the ultimate enemy. Nothing like it has ever been on earth before. It kills for pleasure, it hunts for sport. But this time, it picked the wrong man to hunt.

    • Music:
      Long Tall Sally
      Performed by Little Richard
      Written by Little Richard, E. Johnson and Robert 'Bumps' Blackwell


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