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Background information
Released 4 October 1985
Directed by Mark L. Lester
Produced by Joel Silver
Written by Screenplay:
Steven E. de Souza
Joseph Loeb III, Matthew Weisman Steven E. de Souza
Starring Arnold Schwarzenegger
Rae Dawn Chong
Alyssa Milano
Vernon Wells
Music by James Horner
Editing by Glenn Farr
Mark Goldblatt
John F Link
Distributed by 20th Century Fox
featuring music by the Power Station

Commando a 1985 action film starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, featuring music by the Power Station.

About the film[]

The film is about a retired special agent named John Matrix, who led an elite unit. He left the armed forces to live in a secluded mountain home with his daughter Jenny. But he is forced out of retirement when his daughter is kidnapped by a band of thugs intent on revenge. Unbeknownst to Matrix, the members of his former unit are being killed one by one. Even though Matrix' friend General Franklin Kirby gives Matrix armed guards, attackers manage to kidnap Matrix and Jenny. Matrix learns that Bennett, a former member of his Matrix' unit who was presumed dead has kidnapped him to try to force Matrix to do a political assassination for a man called Arius (who calls himself El Presidente), a warlord formerly bested by Matrix who wishes to lead a military coup in his home country. Since Arius will have Jenny killed if Matrix refuses, Matrix reluctantly accepts the demand.

Commando includes "We Fight For Love" by the Power Station, played during the end credits of the movie. Michael Des Barres' friendship with producer Joel Silver led to him to writing the song.


  • Arnold Schwarzenegger as John Matrix
  • Dawn Chong as Cindy
  • Dan Hedaya as Arius
  • Vernon Wells as Bennett
  • James Olson as Franklin Kirby
  • David Patrick Kelly as Sully
  • Alyssa Milano as Jenny
  • Bill Duke as Cooke
  • Michael Delano as Forrestal
  • Drew Snyder as Lawson