5 Questions: Chain of Command (1994)
Our weekend long celebration of the career of Michael Dudikoff continues with another installment of 5 Questions.
In the 1994 film Chain of Command, Michael Dudikoff plays Merrill Ross, former Special Forces, now just a guy working for a powerful oil company… that is until terrorists, government agencies and rebel groups get involved and make a real mess of things. Let’s just say it is fortunate that Ross had that Special Forces training.
As I was watching Chain of Command, I found myself asking questions as I am prone to do…
1. Is anyone else as impressed as I was with the Microsoft Word Art title graphic?
If you are a movie, you want to get off on the right foot with the audience and I do believe Chain of Command accomplished that with their opening credits.
2. What is with Dudikoff’s potty mouth in Chain of Command?
Now I’m no language prude, I’ve heard every expletive in the book, but I really can’t recall another Michael Dudikoff movie where he swore as much as he does in Chain of Command. He dropped at least 8 “F Bombs” and I can’t recall Dudikoff using that kind of language in any of his movies prior to Chain of Command.
3. Why did R. Lee Ermey’s character, Benjamin Brewster, prefer to drink his rum with a human pubic hair in it?
Finding a hair in your food or in your drink is easily one of the most repulsive things that can happen to a person while they are enjoying a meal. But ol’ Benjamin Brewster PREFERRED to have a human pubic hair in his rum. WHY? And when he tells Ross that he is out of pubic hair, is he revealing the fact that he’s really into manscaping or was he opening the door for Ross to offer one of his? This is the type of action movie dialogue that will haunt me until the day I die.
4. Why did our bad ass villain look like he was a member of REO Speedwagon?
When Rawlings first removes his hat in the opening minutes of the film, I asked, why is he wearing a wig under his hat? But as the movie went on, it appeared that was actually his hair. Who thought it was a good idea that he looked like he belonged in REO Speedwagon? I get that his hair was going to look like crap compared to the amazing locks that Michael Dudikoff has been blessed with, but this guy had to be trying to look extra ridiculous. He or anyone else involved in the movie could not have possibly have thought that big hair was a good look on him.
5. Is this really the final movie released by Cannon Films?
According to Wikipedia it is, the film was released direct to video on January 6th, 1996. Almost a full three years after the Jeff Speakman movie Street Knight was released. The very Street Knight that IMDb trivia claims was the last produced by Cannon. Now this could be a matter of released vs. produced. Cannon could have had the films that followed Street Knight’s release already in the can and Street Knight was actually the final film they did, it just was released prior to movies like Chain of Command, American Cyborg: Steel Warrior, American Ninja V and Hellbound. Although I can’t see Cannon Films holding off on releasing movies so I am more inclined to believe that it is erroneous information on IMDb.
Perhaps I should contact Mark Hartley, the mastermind behind the amazing Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story of Cannon Films documentary and see if he can help clarify the final days of Cannon.