Joe Armstrong, an orphaned drifter will little respect for much other than martial arts, finds himself on an American Army base in The Philippines after a judge gives him a choice of enlistment or prison. On one of his first missions driving a convoy, his platoon is attacked by a group of rebels who try to steal the weapons the platoon is transporting and kidnap the base colonel's daughter.

  1. Gideon Amir


  2. Avi Kleinberger


  3. Paul De Mielche


  4. Sam Firstenberg


  5. James R. Silke


Top Billed Cast

  1. Michael Dudikoff

    Michael Dudikoff

    Pvt. Joe Armstrong

  2. Steve James

    Steve James

    Cpl. Curtis Jackson

  3. Judie Aronson

    Judie Aronson

    Patricia Hickock

  4. Guich Koock

    Guich Koock

    Col. William T. Hickock

  5. John Fujioka

    John Fujioka


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American Ninja
American Ninja



Status Released

Release Information

  • August 30, 1985


    Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian 21 or older. The parent/guardian is required to stay with the child under 17 through the entire movie, even if the parent gives the child/teenager permission to see the film alone. These films may contain strong profanity, graphic sexuality, nudity, strong violence, horror, gore, and strong drug use. A movie rated R for profanity often has more severe or frequent language than the PG-13 rating would permit. An R-rated movie may have more blood, gore, drug use, nudity, or graphic sexuality than a PG-13 movie would admit.

Original Language English

Runtime 1h 35m

Budget $1,000,000.00

Revenue $10,499,694.00

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