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A lone biker (Dolph Lundgren) rides into town in the aftermath of the death of his good friend J.J. Once there Ryder discovers that his friend didn’t die but was murdered by a local businessman (John Reno) who would let nothing stand in the way of his plans to build a state of the art casino on Indian reservation and. On a mission of justice Ryder confronts and defeats Reno and his men in a tour de force show down where the one (Ryder) vanquishes the many. Alternate International Synopsis: Full of vengeance and out for justice, Dolph Lundgren (The Russian Specialist, Universal Soldier) directs, writes and stars in this action-packed modern-day western that will blow your mind away. When Ryder (Lundgren), a mysterious stranger with a score to settle, rolls into a small town unannounced, life forever changes for its citizens caught under the oppressive thumb of a local tyrant. Armed with his Bible, his motorcycle and his thirst for revenge, Ryder faces down the evil dictator.

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  1. Saturnicus

    It is a long time since I have seen Dolph Lundgren fight Rocky as the Russian with the perfect face. I picked this film as the plot sounded interesting – a bible reading avenger. OK, so it is a pot boiler, but it works. There was something charismatic about the tall man who rode into town on a hog. An old army buddy had died under mysterious circumstances. The town is being run by a guy eagre to get his hands on land to build a casino. Dolph has other ideas. The population, largely native American are at the mercy of the villain. Without going to much into the story, and let’s face it you have probably guessed it already, the villain unable to make anything of Dolph, calls in the bikers. The bikers have met up with Dolph before and believe him dead. Sound familiar? Anyway there is a terrific finale with our hero riding into the mist. A modern day Western, the film reminds me of “High Plains Drifter” though Dolph is a bit nicer than Clint was in his movie.
    All said and done Dolph Lundgren has improved with age visually and does a first class job not only Directing but Producing this movie.I have to admit that I did not recognise many of the cast, but this does not detract in the least.
    Don’t dismiss this film as a waste of time. It is not bad at all.

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  2. Weldon Webb

    I was skeptical at first. After viewing the movie these movies come to mind: Westerns of Clint Eastwood especially at the end- High Plains Drifter and Pale Rider- the preacher. The movie its quite clear that the young girl and her mother were attracted to him. I wonder if given a bigger budget, would Ludgren add more details because to me it left lot out or is absent in certain scenes
    Overall, I enjoyed the movie especially the end. The protagonist disappears in the end.

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  3. Stratovarious

    The fight scenes were ok , not grate, the casting was just
    plain weird, the racist white bike gang leader was like Armenian,
    just weird agenda race baiting content throughout.

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  4. Michael P Kirberger

    Was this a tribute to classic Clint Eastwood and Tom Laughlin, or lazy writing, or both? It’s not so much that it was a bad movie, as it was that the plot, characters and dialogue were so obviously “borrowed” from those other movies. And as much as I liked Dolph as the steroid-mutated Soviet monstrosity battling the determined yet physically undermatched Rocky, in Missionary Man, he couldn’t deliver the gravelly back-from-the-grave menacing Clint Eastwood voice, or the philosophical musings and Native American spirituality of Billy Jack. I was sort of hoping that his motorcycle would burst into flames so they could tie Ghost Rider into it, as well, but alas, didn’t happen. I’ve seen worse on Amazon, but to be fair, that is a pretty low bar.

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  5. BeastNYC

    “Missionary Man” reminds me of a mix between Seagal’s “On Dangerous Ground” and Stallone’s “Cobra”. Dolph did an excellent job once again. I have all of the Dolph directed films (“The Defender”, “The Russian Specialist”, “Missionary Man”, “Command Performance”, and “Icarus”).

    The action in Missionary Man is strategically placed. The best part is at the end when Ryder (Dolph) fights the motor cycle gang. The part when he hangs the bad guy from the noose was a flash back to the 1989 Punisher film starring Dolph! I’m going to watch Lundgren’s Punisher film again because it is the BEST one! The rest of the action in M.M. is decent.

    The main villain John Reno controls the local town and he is trying to force the Native Americans to open up a casino (that he will control). Reno is currupt and his henchmen routinely threaten and kill people. Dolph rides through the town and notices a funeral procession. He speaks at the funeral and later Reno’s goons visit the Native American family that Ryder made friends with. He notices that something is wrong in the town and he decides to stay around for a while. Action ensues and Ryder repeatedly beats up Reno’s various goons. Reno calls the motor cycle gang to take care of Ryder. Ryder elimates the gang members one-by-one by K.O. or Kill. Ryder gets revenge at the end (won’t spoil it, but it is a cool twist at the end).

    Dolph is back! He has had some recent hits such as: Universal Soldier Regeneration, Command Performance, and Icarus. Dolph is going to kick a.s.s. in The Expendables.

    “Missionary Man” has Dolph playing a spiritual character named Ryder. He is mysterious. Ryder – obviously because he rides a cool motorcycle. Ryder reads the bible, rides his motorcycle, drinks tequila, and kicks @ss!!!

    Kateri Walker who played Nancy is incredibly beautiful. I <3 K.W. and I'm going to check out her other films.

    The villains in Missionary Man are so rotten and low down dirty. You are glad to see Ryder whoop their candy A$$E$!

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  6. Ronald Hamilton

    Brilliant film a must see

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  7. Amazon Customer

    love it

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  8. FOP

    Choppy low res camera work. Below high school quality corny acting. Absolutely moronic script. The action scenes have no continuity. Gave it a chance, but couldn’t get past half way. Yes, it’s that bad.

    I would recommend watching the High Plains Drifter instead. It’s a much better production with the same storyline.

    Dolph and Steven Seagal must use the same crappy agent with poor decision making skills.

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  9. M Foster

    I love this movie, it’s a classic western, in a small town, with beautiful women, and great bad guys to. Missionary Man is one of Dolph Lundgren better movies, Pentahion is my favorite Dolph Lundgren movie, and this one is in my top five.

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  10. Andy M

    One I would have watched on Saturday night with ten cans of Budweiser and enjoyed it when a teenager, now its a good yarn worth a watch as I think someone said Dolph’s High Plains Drifter or one of Clints Westerns I misremember which.

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  11. Terence barrett

    Not the best of movies,but liked the story line.not to everyone’s taste

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  12. None

    It’s an almost scene-for-scene remake of Pale Rider, only with motorcycles instead of horses, and the way Lundgren rides off at the end is more reminiscent of High Plains Drifter. Less ambiguous, though. Even the ways the bad guys are eliminated follows Pale Rider very closely. Some of the dialog is delivered like the last-minute stand-in for a part in a high school play, and some of the lines are just poorly written. There’s some simple moralizing reminiscent of Billy Jack, and it feels out of place. That said, it’s OK for what it is, a B-movie remake of Pale Rider in a modern setting. Interesting that this one is missing the line in Pale Rider “what’s a clear conscience worth?”, some form of which would have worked better here than what they actually did. If you haven’t seen Eastwood’s Pale Rider, watch it first. It’s a far better movie. This one is OK to kill some time with, I gave it 3 stars. Maybe 2 1/2 would be better.

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  13. T. Williamson

    Ignore the whiners pining for Clint Eastwood movies. Who actually watches Dolph expecting Clint Eastwood? Rminds me more of the Book of Eli than any Clint Eastwood….Definitely saw a paraphrase of the famous Billy Jack line…”nothin’ you can do about it”…and that’s appropriate in a sense, because the town thugs are giving the local rez indians a really bad time of it…So this movie is shot in a sort of dismal half-color that matches the mood of the action–like Denzel Washington movie “Eli”. It’s the quiet stranger with a past, likes reading the Bible, and small town thugs that pester him real good, so he shows them a thing or two…Bikers come around to take part in the final dance/party…FUN if you like watching the bad guys get what they deserve.

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