Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins

Synopsis: An NYPD cop is 'killed' in an accident. The death is faked, and he is inducted into the organization CURE, dedicated to preserving the constitution by working outside of it. Remo is to become the enforcement wing (assassin) of CURE, and learns an ancient Korean martial art from Chiun, the Master of Sinanju. Based on the popular pulp series "The Destroyer," by Richard Sapir and Warren Murphy.
Director(s): Guy Hamilton
Production: US
  Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 3 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
121 min

He's ahead of the field, blazing in.

Lakers by seven!

This is Marv Albert from the Forum in LA.

And the Knicks in big trouble

as they move to the front court.

Going from right to left

Cummings takes the one-bounce.

A flip for King. It's batted away!

Magic Johnson on the steal!

He's down the left side and goes baseline!

He's trapped! Throws back out.

To Worthy. A head-fake,

now the jumper. It is good!

Only 10 seconds left.

The Lakers are burying the Knicks!

The Knicks have come back from the dead

before, but not tonight!

2L-16, Tack 2.

Come in, 2L-16.

Respond, 2L-16.

Sergeant Leary says to remind you,

you owe him $50 on tonight's game.

And that he'd be happy to take

your money on the Knicks anytime.

Come on!

Give it to him!

Where is it?

Give me what's mine, you understand?

It's mine and I want it now!

Look at this! Look what I found.

This is mine, baby.


All right, hands out of your pockets,

away from your body.

Suck wall!

Get your feet back. Back! And spread them!

All right, wider! I said, wider!

You ought to be ashamed of yourself,

picking on a guy half your size.

- Nice shot, kid!

- Good shot, Joey.

Hit him!

Don't move.

Don't even breathe.

We have come to mourn and honor

not only the passing of a friend...

but of a fine police officer.

An officer who was an example to us all.

Samuel Edward Makin died as he lived...

defending the American way.

That is why I feel more pride than sorrow.

For Samuel Makin made

the ultimate sacrifice.

He did so willingly...

and no man can hope to do more.

His body may be returned to the earth...

but his spirit will live forever.

We, your fellow officers...

salute you, Sam.

Your duty done...

may you rest in peace.


aim, fire!

I was shaving you.

Where am I?

Now don't worry.

Everything's going to be just fine.

That's not me!

What the hell have you done to me?

We did some work on you.

Just your face. Thank you, Nurse.

You'd better have had a damn good reason.

We did.

You were ugly.

Who's we?

You've been recruited

by an organization that doesn't exist.

Sam Makin is dead, pal.

Some nasty man shoved him

and his police cruiser into the East River.

I'm a pretty healthy corpse.

The operative word is "corpse."

You've got a new face, new fingerprints,

even a new name.


Remo Williams.

A lot of thought went into it.

We needed someone,

and you were the best we could find.

Decorated cop, ex-Marine,

no family, no commitments.

If I'm the best you can find,

you're in pretty deep sh*t, pal.

Who the hell are you, anyway?

FBI? CIA? Salvation Army?

Who we are, are the people

who got you by the balls, Remo.

Besides, we need you.

Our cops are corrupt, our judges

are bought, our politicians are up for sale.

Everywhere you look, slime is on the loose.

You're going to be

the Eleventh Commandment.

"Thou shalt not get away with it."

You're the guy that set me up

in that warehouse, ain't you?

Nice job.

The name's MacCleary.

We'll get to know each other.

Enjoy the fruit...



There you go, Mr. Mossler.

Soon you're gonna be

as snug as a little old bug in a rug.

Where the hell are you going

with my ambulance?

Turn left at the next intersection...


Don't get any cute ideas, Remo.

"National Bank"?

- What, are you opening an account for me?

- Let's go.

What do these things do?

Keep track of your wardrobe?

I thought they figured out a way

to make them smaller.

These are the smaller ones.

- Come in, Mr...

- Williams, Remo Williams.

Good evening, Mr. Williams.

I'm Harold Smith. I'm the head

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Richard Sapir

Richard Ben Sapir (; 1936–1987) is best known for The Destroyer series of novels that he co-created with Warren Murphy.The first Destroyer was written in 1963, while Sapir worked as a city hall reporter in Jersey City and Murphy served as secretary to the city's mayor. Ahead of its time with a plot centered upon a brash young westerner trained in the martial arts by a master assassin from North Korea, the book went unpublished until June 1971 but eventually spawned a highly successful adventure series with over 30 million copies in print by the late 1990s. Before arriving on the illustrious shores of Sinanju, Sapir worked as an editor and in public relations. In addition to The Destroyer series, Sapir wrote five novels: Bressio (1975), The Far Arena (1978), The Body (1983), Spies (1984), and Quest (1987), a modern-day search for the Holy Grail. The Body, which was made into a movie in 2001, is about a Jewish archaeologist who finds a skeleton underneath an Arab shopkeeper's basement that might be the body of Jesus and the American Jesuit priest who is sent by the Vatican to investigate. Richard Sapir was a graduate of Columbia University and lived with his wife in New Hampshire before he died in 1987 from a heart attack. more…

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