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Invasion U.S.A.1985

Invasion U.S.A. (1985)



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This red-baiting action film stars Chuck Norris as Matt Hunter, a retired CIA agent who lives in the Florida Everglades. A communist invasion of Miami brings Hunter out of retirement to fight the encroaching hordes led by everyone's favorite low-budget bad guy, Richard Lynch. The film is extremely jingoistic, presenting the evil communists staging an invasion on Christmas, demolishing a church, and attempting to blow up a school bus full of children. From the same school of thinking which produced Rambo and Red Dawn, this film at least features some convincing gore by makeup wizard Tom Savini (Friday the 13th), working on his third gig for director Joseph Zito. Zito and Savini returned with Red Scorpion.


Chuck Norris
as Matt Hunter
Richard Lynch
as Mikhail Rostov
Dehl Berti
as John Eagle
Roberto Rodríguez
as Counter Man
Michael T. Kelly
as Male Tourist
Alex Malenky
as Church Terrorist
Eddie Jones
as Cassidy
Jon De Vries
as Johnston
Nate Esformes
as Terrorist with Tomas
Tony Bolano
as Terrorist with Tomas
Nick Ramus
as Clark Little Hawk
Bernie McInerney
as Detective Tom Green
Sheryl Brown
as Girl on Car
Dan Albright
as Gentleman Shopper
Megan Blake
as Girl Friend
Jason Ehrlich
as Mall Brat
Charles Kahlenberg
as Security Guard at Mall
Randy Parks
as Policeman
Katherine Ann Payne
as Katherine Martin
Peter Bannon
as Newcaster
Bella Shaw
as Newcaster
Tom Mintier
as Newcaster
Don Miller
as Newcaster
Bob Varsha
as Newcaster
Monica Kaufman
as Newcaster
Gene Griessman
as Newcaster
Art Eckman
as Newcaster
Jack Bell
as Newcaster
Beth Burns
as Girl in Car
Bernard Barrow
as Supermarket Manager
Bruce Evers
as Terrorist as Guardsman
Lisa Stahl
as Teen Girl on Beach
Rene Rokk
as Teen Boy on Beach
Joe Frasca
as Young Cop
Dan Fitzgerald
as Veteran Cop
Robin Kinsey
as Waitress at Beach
Ruben Rabasa
as Sick Old Man
Raymond Rosario
as Young Boy
Howard Jackson
as Street Person
Jim Towers
as Captain
Kevin Maggiore
as Security Guard
Chondra Wolle
as Christmas Mom
Jana Camp
as Christmas Daughter
Tommy Nowell
as Christmas Son
Bob Hannah
as Father at Church
Laura Whyte
as Mother at Church
Susan Sullivan
as Daughter at Church
Dick Tirschel
as Church Terrorist
Gerry Murphy
as Bouncer
Maria Doest
as Mickey's Coke Girl
Tarek Yordi
as Arab Commando
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Critic Reviews for Invasion U.S.A.

All Critics (21) | Top Critics (6)

[A] terrific premise but no script.

February 27, 2019 | Full Review…

"Invasion USA" might actually be fun in a campy way if it weren't so dourly exploitative.

January 3, 2018 | Full Review…

A brainless plot would be almost forgiveable were it not for the perverse depiction of innocents butchered in Invasion U.S.A.

March 26, 2009 | Full Review…

Leaden, xenophobic, and utterly stupid, it's far more offensive than Rambo and far less well executed.

June 24, 2006 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Even though Mr. Norris collaborated on the screenplay and helped to choose the director (Joseph Zito), the movie treats him as if it wanted to prove that he has absolutely no future on the screen.

August 30, 2004 | Full Review…

"Invasion U.S.A." is a brain-damaged, idiotic thriller, not even bad enough to be laughable.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Invasion U.S.A.

Very entertaining and fun low-budget action B movie that is meant to be pure mindless popcorn amusement from start to finish. Before watching this one, you should realize that this film was not meant to be taken seriously whatsoever. With a film starring Chuck Norris, how could it be? As far as entertainment value is concerned, Joseph Zito's Invasion U.S.A. is a must see for B movie action fan. The action is over the top, and the acting is mediocre, but there's enough thrills in this one to keep you entertained and engaged with what's going on on-screen. I really enjoyed the film, but I agree it won't get any honors for original ideas in terms of great story, which is absent and great acting, which never does stand out. Norris does standout, due in part to his intentionally funny one liners and questionable acting. He's fun to watch on-screen nonetheless. If low-budget action flicks are your thing, then give this one a shot. Invasion U.S.A. is flawed mindless entertainment at its finest, just don't expect anything great and you'll probably enjoy it. Director Joseph Zito is an effective director for low-budget pictures, and he's perfect for this material presented here. This is a film that is meant to be enjoyed with friends over a couple beers on a Friday night when you have nothing else better to do. Invasion U.S.A. is a film that tends to rely more on the action than anything else, and it does that very well. Minimal plot, a big body count, Chuck Norris kicking ass, if that's your thing, then definitely give this one a shot. The only reason that this film doesn't get a full score is because Chuck Norris reloads his weapons, I thought the guy never ran out of bullets!

Alex roy
Alex roy

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Good chuck fare. If you can take away Chucks bad acting and all the Americana present then its not a bad action flick.

Lee Kyle
Lee Kyle

Super Reviewer

Hard-R, over-the-top, hilariously absurd action movie with a political paranoia bent. This film gives us a this-could-happen doomsday scenario from the era of the Cold War. Maniacal Communist terrorists, led by poker-paced psychopath Rostov (Richard Lynch) land on American soil, just annihilating everybody in their path. But there is one man, and one man alone, who can save the day..."retired" secret agent Matt Hunter (Chuck Norris). Chuck gives one of his more stone-faced portrayals, but the character himself is one of his more sullen and ruthless. I'll say that much - these two adversaries deserve each other, although the final confrontation is a long time coming. I have to give credit where credit is due: the film-makers, led by director Joseph Zito, let us know up front we're in for a heck of a ride. They gleefully toss credibility out the window, and, just for good measure, dispense with any level of political correctness. The movie is rough, tough, and rousing (although it takes about half the film for things to really kick into gear), aided in no small part by a stirring music score by the talented Jay Chattaway. Sequences ranging from funny to just plain insane involve a) the messy dispatch of a sleazy drug dealer (Billy Drago) and a hooker, b) a loud and noisy assault on a suburban neighborhood, and c) a major shootout in a shopping mall. This film truly throws in everything (including the kitchen sink) for the sake of an entertaining show. Co-starring Melissa Prophet (whose gutsy, obnoxious, pushy reporter is more of an annoyance than anything else), Alexander Zale, Alex Colon, Eddie Jones, and Dehl Berti. Co-written by Chuck himself and James Bruner, based on a story by Bruner and Chuck's brother (and frequent collaborator) Aaron. My final parting words are just this: of the assembly line of Cannon Films action pictures and thrillers to come out of the 1980's, this has to rank up there as one of the most potent guilty pleasures that they made. Period.

David Ladd
David Ladd

Super Reviewer

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