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Alyssa Milano
Old Enough
Commando (film)
The Canterville Ghost (1986 film)
Crash Course
Dance 'til Dawn
Speed Zone!
Little Sister (film)
Where the Day Takes You
The Webbers
Conflict of Interest (film)
Casualties of Love: The "Long Island Lolita" Story
Candles in the Dark
Confessions of a Sorority Girl
Double Dragon (film)
Deadly Sins (film)
Embrace of the Vampire
The Surrogate (1995 film)
Jimmy Zip
Poison Ivy II: Lily
Fear (film)
Glory Daze
To Brave Alaska
Public Enemies (1996 film)
Below Utopia
Hugo Pool
Goldrush: A Real Life Alaskan Adventure
Lady and the Tramp II: Scamp's Adventure
Buying the Cow
Kiss the Bride (2002 film)
Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star
Dinotopia: Quest for the Ruby Sunstone
The Blue Hour
Pathology (film)
DC Showcase: The Spectre
My Girlfriend's Boyfriend (2010 film)
Hall Pass (2011 film)
Who's the Boss?
Melrose Place (1992 TV series)
Phoebe Halliwell
Romantically Challenged
Look in My Heart
Alyssa (album)
Locked Inside a Dream
Do You See Me?
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Alyssa Milano
Alyssa Milano
Alyssa Milano
Alyssa Milano, 2008
Alyssa Jayne Milano
December 19, 1972
Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
Actress, singer, producer
Years active 1984–present
Cinjun Tate (m. 1999–1999)
David Bugliari (m. 2009–present)
Official website
Alyssa Jayne Milano (born December 18, 1972) is an American actress and former singer. Her acting career began
after she appeared in the Broadway show Annie. Her childhood role as Samantha Micelli in the sitcom Who's the
Boss? made her famous, and an eight-year stint as Phoebe Halliwell on the supernatural series Charmed brought her
a new round of fame. She also starred on the ABC series Romantically Challenged as Rebecca Thomas.
Milano has a female sports apparel line, Touch.
Early life
Milano is the daughter of Italian-American parents: Lin, a fashion designer and talent manager, and Thomas M.
Milano, a film music editor and boating enthusiast. Milano was born in Brooklyn, grew up in Staten Island, and
was raised Roman Catholic. She has a younger brother, Cory (born in 1982), who is also an actor. In a 2003
interview, Milano recalled having had a good childhood, having grown up in a "loving, true family."
Early career
Milano began her career at age eight after winning a role in an open audition for a national tour of Annie. She was
one of the four picked out of an audition with over 1500 girls.
She appeared in television commercials and
off-Broadway productions.
At age 11, she won her first major role in the television show, Who's the Boss?, alongside Tony Danza, Judith Light,
Danny Pintauro, and Katherine Helmond. She starred as Samantha Micelli, the daughter of Danza's character. After
Milano won the role, she and her father relocated from Staten Island to Hollywood. The rest of the family followed a
year later, because her mother was initially unwilling to give up her home life "for a show that wasn't a guarantee."
Although born and raised in Brooklyn, Milano had trouble getting this accent, because she worked to lose it to land
more roles in the theater, including in a stage adaption of Jane Eyre.
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On stage, she starred in Tender Offer, a one-act play written by Wendy Wasserstein, All Night Long by American
playwright John O'Keefe, and the first American musical adaptation of Jane Eyre. She returned to the theater in
1991, when she starred in and produced a Los Angeles production of Butterflies Are Free.
In 1985, Milano was in the film Commando as Jenny Matrix, daughter of John Matrix (Arnold Schwarzenegger).
Appearing at age 12 in an R-rated action film, Milano admitted she was sometimes "freaked out" by the weapons on
A few years later this film was shown in Japan, prompting a producer to offer Milano a five-album record
By the late 1980s, Milano was established as a teen idol,
appearing in made-for-television teen films such as Crash
Course and Dance 'til Dawn (both 1988). Both projects allowed her to work alongside close personal friend Brian
Bloom. Bloom and his brother Scott worked with Milano in episodes of Who's the Boss. This working comradere
would later expand in 1993 when Milano guest starred in Brian's series The Webbers. She produced a teen workout
video in 1988 called Teen Steam and achieved some fame outside the USA with her music career, which lasted until
the early 1990s. In 1991, Milano wanted to quit acting to pursue an academic career, but was unable to gain release
from her contract.
When her role on Who's the Boss ended in 1992, Milano feared having trouble to obtaining other roles, aware of the
fate of many grown-up child stars in that period.
cancelled, being ready "to move on."
Nevertheless, she was excited when she found out the show was
Milano tried to shed her "nice girl" image by appearing in several films
targeted at adults, such as Casualties of Love: The Long Island Lolita Story (1993), Embrace of the Vampire (1994),
Deadly Sins (1995), and Poison Ivy II: Lily (1996), where she starred opposite Johnathon Schaech and Xander
The transition started in 1992, when Milano auditioned for female lead as a homeless teenager in the independent
film Where the Day Takes You. Although the crew was reluctant to sign a former child star, she was given a small
role as a prostitute in the production.
She was noticed by the media, that helped her land the controversial role of
Amy Fisher in the high profile TV movie Casualties of Love: The Long Island Lolita Story.
In 1994, she was
considered to replace Shannen Doherty in Beverly Hills, 90210.
In 1996, Milano appeared opposite Mark Wahlberg and Reese Witherspoon in the thriller Fear.
Later roles
Her performance in Fear led to a starring role in Hugo Pool (1997), her
first film released through cinemas since Commando. Despite the
milestone, Milano was soon out of work and after a period of six
months, she decided to return to television. She portrayed bad girl
Jennifer Mancini on Melrose Place (1997–1998), Meg Winston in Spin
City, and most notably as Phoebe Halliwell on the eight-year run of the
popular hit tv series Charmed (1998–2006). Her role on Melrose Place
was offered to the actress by Aaron Spelling himself. The stint garned
her new fame and she was named the most successful and popular
actress on the primetime soap, alongside Heather Locklear.
Milano performing for the crew during a USO
show aboard USS Nimitz on June 19, 2003.
and close friend Holly Marie Combs became producers for Charmed
during the show's fifth season.
She played the role of Eva Savealot in MCI's 1-800-COLLECT commercials. In 2007, Milano filmed a pilot for
ABC entitled Reinventing the Wheelers. The series was not picked up for the 2007–2008 season, but instead, Milano
appeared in ten episodes of the show My Name Is Earl. This reunited her with Jaime Pressly, who guest-starred in
the two-part Season 5 premiere of Charmed, "A Witch's Tail".
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Milano's commercial work includes appearing in the "Josie" music video by Blink-182, as well as 2007 television
ads for Veet and Sheer Cover.
Milano was part of TBS's special coverage installment Hot Corner for the 2007 Major League Baseball playoffs.
She reported at Fenway Park during the ALDS between the Boston Red Sox and the Los Angeles Angels of
Anaheim. She also reported at Chase Field during the NLCS between the Arizona Diamondbacks and Colorado
Milano starred in the 2008 film Pathology alongside Milo Ventimiglia and was then cast in a television sitcom,
Single with Parents, which was pulled prior to production.
On March 20, 2009, it was announced that Milano would provide a voice for the Ghostbusters: The Video Game.
In a 2010 interview, she told the press that she had 'a blast' working on the game, although she recalled it being 'odd'
having to grunt in a room alone.
It was speculated that following the voice over in the video game, she was set to
star in Ghostbusters III, although Milano claimed she was never approached.
On March 24, 2009, her book on her baseball fandom, Safe At Home: Confessions of a Baseball Fanatic, was
released. Milano has signed on to star in and produce My Girlfriend's Boyfriend, a romantic comedy in which she
plays a woman with a relationship dilemma.
Milano starred in the sitcom Romantically Challenged as Rebecca Thomas, a recently divorced single mom attorney
in Pittsburgh who has not dated "since Bill Clinton was president". The series premiered on ABC on April 19,
On why she accepted the role, Milano commented:
"I was so attracted to the writing. Our creative showrunner is Ricky Blitt from Family Guy and I was struck at
how funny the female characters were written. Usually the female characters are written pretty straightforward,
like the straight-man but with Ricky‘s writing, the women get to be equally as funny. That was what hooked
me. James Burrows, who‘s our director, is another major part of what attracted me to the show. It just seemed
like a really good package and something that I could commit to in the long-term."
On May 16, 2010, the series was cancelled after four episodes had aired.
wrote on her website:
On the show's cancellation, Milano
"It would be so very, very, easy for me to be upset and bitter about [it]. But… I'm not upset or bitter. [..] I am
well aware that I'm in a business that sometimes makes decisions that are inexplicable. Dealing with those
decisions is almost just as much a part of the job as memorizing my dialogue. My only true sadness comes
from not being able to see Ricky, Mr. Burrows, Josh, Kelly and Kyle's face every day."
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Milano was appointed Founding Ambassador for the Global Network for
Neglected Tropical Diseases, to which she donated $250,000. The Global
Network is an alliance formed to advocate and mobilize resources in the fight
to control neglected tropical diseases (NTDs). Milano will work to raise
awareness of NTDs by educating the mainstream media and general public of
the plight faced by the one billion people who are afflicted by NTDs, and the
importance in controlling and preventing this global health crisis.
Milano is a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador for the United States. She
traveled to India, Kosovo, as well as Angola, to work with UNICEF field
officers there. In the fall of 2004, she participated in UNICEF's "Trick or
Treat" campaign as an official spokesperson. She raised approximately
$50,000 for South African women and children with AIDS by selling own
and school's photo work. In support of PETA, she appeared in an
Alyssa Milano for Peta.
advertisement for them, advocating vegetarianism, in a dress made entirely of
In honor of her 37th birthday (December 19, 2009), Milano ran an online fundraising campaign for Charity:Water.
Her original goal was to raise $25,000, but a donation from her husband put her over the $75,000 mark on December
18. The fundraiser was scheduled to run until December 26.
Personal life
Milano has dyslexia.
In an interview in 2004, Milano explained how she deals with the disorder:
"I've stumbled over words while reading from teleprompters. Sir John Gielgud, whom I worked with on
The Canterville Ghost years ago, gave me great advice. When I asked how he memorized his
monologues, he said, 'I write them down.' I use that method to this day. It not only familiarizes me with
the words, it makes them my own."
Milano is a fan of the Los Angeles Dodgers and writes a regular
baseball blog on the Major League Baseball's website.
In 2007,
Milano launched her signature "Touch" line of team apparel for female
baseball fans, selling it through her blog and Major League Baseball's
It also became available in 2009 through a boutique store
located in Citi Field, the home of the New York Mets.
She has an
interest in the Los Angeles Kings, a National Hockey League team,
and is involved with a related clothing line. In 2008, she expanded that
Alyssa Milano at All-Star Party,
Roseland Ballroom in NYC 2008-07-13
to NFL football, as a New York Giants fan. Since Milano is in the
same hometown as NFL Network's Rich Eisen (Staten Island), she
revealed some of her family's connections with the New York
Milano has eight tattoos on her body: one on each wrist and ankle, shoulder, neck, hip, and lower back. Milano is a
vegetarian and appears in numerous PETA advertising campaigns for vegetarianism. Outside of acting, her hobbies
include photography, humanitarian work, and spending time with her three dogs and eight horses. Milano has
commented on her love for animals, and in a 2009 interview discussed one of her dogs, a German shepherd called
Pinto, who had died at the age of 14; he had worked with the LAPD dogs and Milano had owned him for 10
Milano dated actor Corey Haim from 1987 to 1990.
She was engaged to Scott Wolf in 1993.
She was married
to singer–songwriter Cinjun Tate of Remy Zero in 1999; they were divorced later that year. She dated Charmed
Alyssa Milano
co-star Brian Krause for a while during the third and fourth season of the show. She briefly dated Justin Timberlake
in 2002.
After one year of dating, she and CAA agent David Bugliari were engaged December 18, 2008.
Milano and Bugliari married on August 15, 2009 in New Jersey, at the home of Bugliari's family.
1984 Old Enough
1985 Commando
Jenny Matrix
Nominated–Young Artist Award–Exceptional Performance by a Young Actress
Starring in a Feature Film–Comedy or Drama
1986 The Canterville Ghost
Jennifer Canterville
TV movie
1988 Crash Course
Vanessa Crawford
TV movie aka Driving Academy
Shelley Sheridan
Nominated–Young Artist Award–Best Young Actress in a Special, Pilot, Movie
of the Week, or Miniseries
1989 Speed Zone!
aka Cannonball Fever
1992 Little Sister
Dance 'til Dawn
Where the Day Takes You
1993 The Webbers
TV movie
Conflict of Interest
Casualties of Love: The Long
Island Lolita Story
Amy Fisher
TV movie
Candles in the Dark
Sylvia Velliste
TV movie
1994 Confessions of a Sorority Girl Rita Summers
TV movie
Double Dragon
1995 Deadly Sins
Marian Delario/Power
Corps Chief
Embrace of the Vampire
Charlotte Wells
The Surrogate
Amy Winslow
TV movie
Short film
1996 "Jimmy Zip"
Poison Ivy II: Lily
Lily Leonetti
Margo Masse
Glory Daze
To Brave Alaska
Denise Harris
Public Enemies
1997 Below Utopia
Hugo Pool
TV movie
also credited as producer
Hugo Dugay
1998 Goldrush: A Real Life
Alaskan Adventure
Frances Ella 'Fizzy' Fitz
TV movie
2001 Lady and the Tramp II:
Scamp's Adventure
Nominated–Annie Award–Outstanding Individual Achievement for Voice
Acting by a Female Performer in an Animated Feature Production
Tracey Van der Byl
TV movie
Diamond Hunters
Alyssa Milano
2002 Buying the Cow
Kiss the Bride
Amy Kayne
2003 Dickie Roberts: Former Child Cyndi
2005 Dinotopia: Quest for the Ruby 26
2007 The Blue Hour
2008 Wisegal
Patty Montanari
TV movie
also credited as producer
Gwen Williamson
2010 "DC Showcase: The Spectre"
My Girlfriend's Boyfriend
2011 Hall Pass
Aimee Brenner
Animated short: voice
Jesse Young
Currently in post-Production
also credited as producer
TV series
Who's the Boss?
Young Artist Award–Best Young Supporting Actress in a Television Series (1986)
Exceptional Performance by a Young Actress, Starring in a Television, Comedy or
Drama Series (1986)
Best Young Female Superstar in Television (1988)
Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards–Favorite TV Actress (1988, 1989)
Blimp Award–Favorite TV Actress (1990)
Melrose Place
6 &7
Left after only 7 episodes in Season 7 to take a lead role on the WB show
1998–2006 Charmed
She became a producer at the beginning of season 4.
Nominated–Blimp Award–Favorite TV Actress (2005)
Nominated–Teen Choice Awards–TV–Choice Actress (2006)
Reinventing the
TV pilot
Single with Parents
TV pilot
TV appearances
Episode title
Jessica Sharp
"Frame Up"
Season 1, Episode 4
Living Dolls
"It's My Party" ; "It's All Done with
Season 1, 2 episodes
Série rose
"Softly from Paris"
Season 4, episode 1
Hannah Valesic
"Caught in the Act"
Season 1, episode 15
Meg Winston
"They Shoot Horses, Don't They?"
Season 2, episode 11
"Rain on My Charades"
Season 5, episode 17
The American Film Institute Presents: TV
or Not TV?
The Outer Limits
1997–2001 Spin City
Alyssa Milano
Fantasy Island
Gina Williams
Season 1, episode 2
Family Guy
"Mr. Griffin Goes to Washington"
Season 3, episode 3
The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy
April Gorlock
"Win, Lose and Kaboom"
Voice, season 2
2007–2008 My Name Is Earl
Kyra Blaine
Recurring in Season 3,
episodes 6–22.
"A Rose for Everafter"
Season 2, episode 12
Studio albums
Peak positions
1989 Look in My Heart
First Studio Album
Released: March 25, 1989
Formats: Vinyl, Cassette, CD
1989 Alyssa
Second Studio Album
Released: October 25, 1989
Formats: Vinyl, Cassette, CD
1991 Locked Inside a Dream
Third Studio Album
Released: May 21, 1991
Formats: Vinyl, Cassette, CD
1992 Do You See Me?
Fourth Studio Album
Released: September 18, 1992
Formats: Vinyl, Cassette, CD
Peak positions
1990 The Best in the World: Non-Stop Special Remix/Alyssa's
Remix/Hits Album
Released: February 21, 1990
Formats: Cassette, CD
1995 The Very Best of Alyssa Milano
Hits Album
Released: 1995 (Promo Only)
Formats: CD
Alyssa Milano
Peak positions
1989 "What a Feeling"
"Look In My Heart"
"Straight to the Top"
The Best in the World
Single Only
Locked Inside a Dream
Single Only
Do You See Me?
Locked Inside a Dream
"I Had a Dream"
Look in My Heart
1990 "The Best in the World"
"I Love When We're Together"1
1991 "New Sensation"
"Voices That Care" 1
1992 "Do You See Me?"
1993 "No Secret" 2
Non-album single
Only released in France
Other recordings
• "Teen Steam" – Theme song from Alyssa Milano's Teen Steam Workout Video (1988).
External links
• Official website
• Alyssa Milano
on Twitter
• Alyssa Milano
at the Internet Movie Database
• Alyssa Milano
[2] "Alyssa Milano Biography (1974–)" ( . Retrieved
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com/Hollywood/4616/us0699.html) on 2009-10-25. . Retrieved 1999-05-14.
[4] " Intimate Portrait: Alyssa Milano (". Suju Vijayan, Julie Frankel, Alyssa Milano. Intimate
Portrait. Lifetime. 2003.
[5] " Revealed with Jules Asner: Alyssa Milano (". Jules Asner, Alyssa Milano. Revealed with Jules
Asner. E!. July 1, 2002.
[6] " The Bonnie Hunt Show (". Bonnie Hunt. The Bonnie Hunt Show. NBC. May 14, 2009.
[7] ""STAGE: 'All Night Long'" by Frank Rich" (
html?res=990CE1DB1E39F93AA15750C0A962948260). The New York Times. 1984-03-29. . Retrieved 2008-02-10.
[8] "Doherty out, Milano in?", The Gazette (Cedar Rapids), January 29, 1994. p. 16
[9] "Exclusive: Earl Charmed By Alyssa Milano" ( .
Retrieved 2007-09-06.
[10] "The Official Site of Major League Baseball: TBS Hot Corner" ( . Retrieved
[11] "Alyssa Milano to co-star in 'Ghostbusters' game" ( MSNBC. . Retrieved 2009-03-21.
Alyssa Milano
[12] "Interview: Alyssa Milano Talks ‗Romantically Challenged‘, ‗Charmed‘, ‗Ghostbusters‘" (
interview-alyssa-milano-talks-romantically-challenged-charmed-ghostbusters/). The Flick Cast. April 19, 2010. . Retrieved April 20, 2010.
[13] "Alyssa Milano commits to 'Boyfriend'" (
e3i4722353a16827bf002a0583a79d6576b). The Hollywood Reporter. . Retrieved 2009-06-02.
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( Weekly. .
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2010. . Retrieved 2010-05-23.
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[18] "Us Weekly reports Alyssa Milano was spotted sipping champagne at Mansion in Miami Beach" (
2004-04.html). . Retrieved 2004-03-29.
[19] "'I Want To Be Remembered as a Ballplayer Who Gave All He Had to Give'– Roberto Clemente" ( . Retrieved 2007-09-06.
[20] "Milano launches boutique store at Citi Field" (
DTL). Associated Press. 2009-04-18. . Retrieved 2009-04-19.
[21] "Week 7 celebrity picks: Alyssa Milano" ( 2010-04-07. . Retrieved
[22] Novak, Blaine; Alison Landis Stone (Spring 2009). "Alyssa Milano: Making a Difference in the Lives of People and Pets". Healthy Pet:
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alyssa-milano-on-ex-corey-haims-death-rip-sweet-boy-2010103). US Magazine. 2010-03-10. . Retrieved 2010-04-04.
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Old Enough
Old Enough
Old Enough (film)
Old Enough VHS cover
Directed by
Marisa Silver
Produced by
Dina Silver
Written by
Marisa Silver
Sarah Boyd
Rainbow Harvest
Danny Aiello
Alyssa Milano
Neill Barry
Roxanne Hart
Susan Kingsley
Distributed by
Orion Classics
Release date(s)
August 24, 1984
Running time
91 min.
This article is about the film. For the single by Nickelback, see Old Enough (Nickelback song). For the single by The
Raconteurs, see Old Enough (Raconteurs song)
Old Enough is a 1984 teen-oriented movie. It stars Sarah Boyd, Rainbow Harvest, Danny Aiello, Neill Barry,
Roxanne Hart, Alyssa Milano and Susan Kingsley.
Set in 1984 in New York, Old Enough is the story of a teenage girl from the "wrong side of the tracks" (played by
Harvest), whose father (played by Aiello) is the owner of the run down apartment complex in which they live. Her
friend is a rich, well-bred 11 year-old (played by Boyd). Milano, in her film debut, plays Boyd's sister.
A low budget production, this movie went on to win various awards.
Old Enough
Old Enough is an earnest take on the coming of age story, set in New York City. Karen (Rainbow Harvest) is a street
wise teen from a lower-middle class family who pursues a friendship with eleven-year-old Lonnie (Sarah Boyd).
Lonnie is from a wealthy, upper-class family who live in the area. As the two become friends they expose each other
to the very different lifestyles they live. In the process they learn lessons each culture has to offer.
The situation becomes complicated when Karen's brother Johnny (Neill Barry) shows interest in Lonnie and Lonnie
begins to develop a crush. Soon, a sensual new neighbor (Roxanne Hart) moves into Karen's family's apartment
building, whom Johnny becomes slightly infatuated with. Circumstances arise that will test Karen and Lonnie's
friendship.Johnny kisses Lonnie.
External links
• Old Enough
at the Internet Movie Database
Commando (film)
Theatrical release poster
Directed by
Mark L. Lester
Produced by
Joel Silver
Written by
Steven E. de Souza
Joseph Loeb III
Matthew Weisman
Steven E. de Souza
Commando (film)
Rae Dawn Chong
Alyssa Milano
Vernon Wells
Bill Duke Dan
Hedaya James
Olson Michael
David Patrick Kelly
Music by
James Horner
Cinematography Matthew F. Leonetti
Editing by
Glenn Farr
Mark Goldblatt
John F. Link
Silver Pictures
Distributed by
20th Century Fox
Release date(s)
October 4, 1985
Running time
90 minutes
United States
$10 million
Gross revenue
Commando is a 1985 American action film starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Alyssa Milano, David Patrick Kelly
and Bill Duke. It was directed by Mark L. Lester and shot on location in and around Los Angeles, California.
The film was nominated for a Saturn Award in 1986 for Best Special Effects but lost to James Cameron's Aliens
(which also had its music scored by James Horner).
Retired Special Forces operative John Matrix (Schwarzenegger) is
informed by Major General Franklin Kirby (Olson) that all the
other members of his unit have been killed by unknown
mercenaries. Despite being given protection, the mercenaries,
whose ranks include Bennett (Wells), a former member of Matrix's
team fired for excessive brutality and presumed killed in the
preceding assassinations, attack Matrix's secluded mountain home
Arnold Schwarzenegger as John Matrix, firing at
villains with an M202A1 FLASH rocket launcher.
and kill the guards, kidnapping his daughter Jenny (Milano) in the
process. When Matrix gives chase, he is also captured.
Bennett explains that Matrix is needed to carry out a political
assassination for Arius (Hedaya) (who calls himself "El Presidente") and his army of former U.S. soldiers and
mercenaries. Arius is a warlord and dictator who was previously overthrown by Matrix. He now wishes to lead a
military coup in his home country, Val Verde, and reasons that Matrix' familiarity with the country's new leader will
aid in an assassination attempt. As Arius has Jenny, Matrix reluctantly accepts the demand.
Commando (film)
After boarding an airplane to take him to Val Verde, Matrix instead kills his guard and jumps into a swamp just as
the plane is taking off from the runway, then sets his watch timer for the approximate time of the flight.
Subsequently, he commandeers an off-duty flight attendant's (Chong) car and eventually manages to enlist her help.
After confronting (and killing) two of the mercenaries, Matrix learns where Arius' mansion is located (and where
Jenny is presumably being held), he breaks into a surplus store and steals a one-man arsenal of both small arms and
heavy weapons. With Cindy's complicit help, he escapes from the police who have arrested him for breaking and
entering the surplus army store.
After commandeering a seaplane from a nearby marina run by Arius, Matrix and Cindy land the plane off the coast
of the island where Arius is located. Matrix instructs Cindy to contact General Kirby and then proceeds to Arius'
villa, fighting and killing Arius' private army on the way. He subsequently confronts and kills Arius in a gunfight.
Matrix finds Jenny in the basement, but he is shot in the arm by Bennett. Matrix then taunts Bennett into facing him
in a knife fight, an invitation Bennett cannot resist. After a fierce struggle, Matrix gains the upper hand and Bennett,
defeated, reaches for a machine pistol, but is impaled with a steel pipe by Matrix before he can fire. After Kirby
arrives with a military detachment, he offers Matrix another term of service in the Force. Matrix, however, declines
and he, Cindy, and Jenny fly off back home.
• Arnold Schwarzenegger as John Matrix , a former United States Army Colonel.
• Rae Dawn Chong as Cindy, Matrix's unwilling companion.
• Alyssa Milano as Jenny Matrix, John daughter.
• Dan Hedaya as Arius, the former Dictator of Val Verde until being overthrown by a new President.
• Vernon Wells as Bennett, a former Captain in Matrix's special forces team, now allied with Arius.
• James Olson as General Kirby, Matrix's former superior.
• David Patrick Kelly as Sully, a former Army soldier now working for Arius.
• Bill Duke as Cooke, Arius's brutal hitman and a former Green Beret.
• Drew Snyder as Lawson, a former member of Matrix's team.
The film maintains a 71% on Rotten Tomatoes (based on 31 reviews), indicating generally positive reviews.
Screenwriter Jeph Loeb states that the film was originally conceived as a vehicle for Gene Simmons (who passed on
it), and later scripted with Nick Nolte in mind to play the lead as an out-of-condition former commando struggling
with the demands of his mission. Walter Hill was originally involved in the development process.
The original concept was for an Israeli special forces–Mossad agent, who is sick of the continual death and
destruction in the Middle East. So he quits Israel and emigrates to the United States, where he is forced out of his
self-imposed retirement after the kidnapping of his daughter. This was modified and further adapted when
Schwarzenegger was cast; some of the original dialogue can be viewed in the deleted scenes when Matrix says he
regrets his past actions.