Here’s a rare film I found on VHS the other day – one of many (and I mean many!) Rambo rip-offs from the 80s. Ron Marchini IS The Forgotten Soldier. Ron who, you ask? You know, the guy from Karate Cop and Death Machines! The story is straightforward and easy to follow: Steve Parrish (Marchini) is shot down by a jerk called Thomson in ‘nam. Steve is then found by a hot native girl who doctors his wounds and saves his life. The two fall in love, but she is killed by Thomson and the local military. Steve then gets mad (the natives call him “Mad Yankee”) and sets fire to things. The war is not over for Steve and his yellow shirt size small – it has just begun.
As with most 80s action heroes, good ol’ Ron loves to show off his big manly muscles. In many of these Rambo rip-offs (this included) it seemed as if the hero couldn’t be a badass without wearing tight jeans and rubbing himself with baby oil. Marchini is definitely one of these guys, and if you dig silly B-movies from the 80s you have to see The Forgotten Soldier. However, it has a low budget and it shows. It has bad directing, terrible acting and a silly story. But it has action, action and more action, and when you add this up, the result is crazy “Bang-Pow” movie fun. It doesn’t deserve more than 3 out of 6, but sometimes bad movies like this are more entertaining than the critically acclaimed classics. I’ve seen this film more times than I’ve seen Gone With The Wind. And that’s gotta count for something?
Release year: 1986
Country: USA / Philippines
Director: Nick Cacas
Starring: Ron Marchini