John McTiernan (1987)

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It may not seem much of a compliment, but this is one of Arnold Schwarzenegger's most efficient movies, a stripped-down thriller that cheerfully sacrifices characterisation on the altar of exhilarating action and special effects. Schwarzenegger stars as the leader of an elite special forces team whose jungle mission is thrown into chaos when they are tracked by a lethal alien game hunter. As with Aliens, much of the fun comes from watching a bunch of macho soldiers crack under pressure. Director John McTiernan ensures the tension is kept at snapping point and he's helped no end by the sci-fi gimmick of a "cloaking" device that keeps the predator hidden from view. This smash hit propelled McTiernan onto the Hollywood A-list, a position he consolidated with 1988's Die Hard.


An elite military team takes on a top-secret mission in the jungles of Central America, but the soldiers realise they have been deceived by their CIA employers. A greater danger presents itself when they are stalked by a lethal alien big-game hunter with the power to become invisible, that has come to Earth to stalk human prey. Sci-fi thriller, starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Carl Weathers and Bill Duke.

Cast & Crew

Major Alan "Dutch" Schaeffer Arnold Schwarzenegger
Dillon Carl Weathers
Anna Elpidia Carrillo
Mac Bill Duke
Sergeant Blain Jesse Ventura
Billy Sonny Landham
Poncho Richard Chaves
General Phillips R G Armstrong
Hawkins Shane Black
Predator Kevin Peter Hall
Predator Peter Cullen
Director John McTiernan
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Park CircusGuidance: Violence, swearing. Available on: video, DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 9 Nov 2017