Codename: The Soldier 1982 ***


Writer/director/producer James Glickenhaus was buoyed by the success of his Exterminator franchise when he made this rather cool espionage caper, with Ken Wahl as The Soldier, a super-spy pressed into service to stop terrorists blowing up the world’s oil supply. With a reasonable budget to play with Glickenhaus manages some excellent stunt-work, both in Alpine snow (complete with a glowering cameo from Klaus Kinski) and in urban shoot-outs, and a wonderful finale in which the Soldier jumps his Porsche over the Berlin wall, to the astonishment of downtrodden East Berliners.



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