Laser Mission

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Laser Mission
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Directed byBJ Davis
Produced byHans Kühle Sr.
Written byDavid A. Frank
Phillip Gutteridge
Starring Brandon Lee
Ernest Borgnine
Music by David Knopfler
CinematographyHans Kühle Jr.
Edited byE. Selavie
Robert L. Simpson
Bob Yrtuc
Distributed byTurner Home Entertainment
Release date
  • November 20, 1989 (1989-11-20)(West Germany)
  • August 22, 1990 (1990-08-22)(United States)
Running time
84 minutes
CountryUnited States

Laser Mission is a 1989 American action film directed by BJ Davis, starring Brandon Lee, Ernest Borgnine and Werner Pochath. The film was released under the title Soldier of Fortune. This was Werner Pochath's final film appearance before his death on April 18, 1993.



The plot concerns a mercenary named Michael Gold (Lee) who is sent to convince Dr. Braun (Borgnine), a Laser specialist, to defect to the United States before the KGB acquire him and use both his talent and a stolen diamond to create a nuclear weapon. Dr. Braun is captured by the KGB and Gold is sent on a mission to rescue both him and the diamond. He has to enlist the help of Dr. Braun's daughter Alissa (Debi A. Monahan), whom he eventually falls for. The pair confront Col. Kalishnakov (Graham Clarke), whom they kill by hitting him with a truck in the climax of this story.


Home media

In the United States the film was released on home video in 1990 by Turner Home Entertainment, and was a financial success. [1] [2]

After Brandon Lee's untimely death in an accident on the set of The Crow, movies such as Laser Mission saw a surge in video sales. [3]

The film was released in Australia directly on video in 1994. [4]


Australian release

Jon Casimir of The Sydney Morning Herald didn't like the film finding the acting poor, with the plot and action scenes unconvincing. [5]

Pat Gillespie of The Age found the direction clumsy but said said that Lee's and action films fans would find the film entertaining. [4]


Ben Platt of Something Awful said the movie is decently shot and moves along, but is overall poor. [6]

Jim Vorel and Kenneth Lowe of Paste Magazine didn't like it and found the continuity disorienting. [7]

Dan Colón of Talk Film Society said the film is great for those with the appetite action orientated B movie. [8]


Despite the name of the movie, there are not that many scenes in the movie depicting lasers. At least two scenes feature lasers, as Michael Gold sets off a laser guided motion detector. The film was also featured on the third episode of the second season of This Movie Sucks! with Ed the Sock, Liana K and Ron Sparks making fun of it, most notably making reference to Borgnine's advanced age and the ridiculousness of the plot.

It was also featured on Rifftrax in 2011. [9]

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