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on 17 March 2014
Cover Up (1990) Not Rated
Region 1 (US Import) ARTISAN HOME ENTERTAINMENT

Dolph Lundgren plays Mike Anderson , an American journalist trying to peace together a story surrounding a sudden attack on the U.S. navel outpost near Tel Aviv a U.S. official (Louis Gossett, Jr) seems to be stonewalling the facts, but one thing is clear to Anderson - he`s in extreme danger.

The stars of "The Punisher," Dolph Lundgren and Oscar winner Louis Gossett Jr join forces again, plunging into the world of international terrorism in this volatile but entertaining thriller. The picture is a bit grainy but acceptable, the Stereo Surround is very clear. The biggest surprise was that even though on the disc and packaging both state that this movie is not widescreen but can be watched in Anamorphic Widescreen if your dvd player is set to (16:9) but not the UK dvds.

Running Time: 88 mins
Aspect Ratio: (16:9) 1.85:1 Widescreen Enhanced For Widescreen tvs
Extras: None
Audio: 2.0 Dolby Stereo Surround (English Only)
Subtitles: None
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on 9 April 2015
By the time 'Cover Up' came out, Dolph Lundgren was an undisputed king of video rental action movies and this one more or less confirmed his status. This time, the big man plays a journalist sent to Israel to report on the theft of a chemical weapon from a US army base. Suffice to say that Dolph soon becomes embroiled in a terrorist plot, betrayal and double-cross.
Action-wise, 'Cover Up' is quite limited. We get a couple of explosions, a couple of punch-ups and a decent car chase and that's about it. This movie is a more story-driven affair that focuses on murder and intrigue more than anything else. It also gives Lundgren the chance to play a slightly different type of character, which is quite refreshing and his interplay with Louis Gossett Jr. is good. He certainly won't win any awards for his performance, but he handles the change reasonably well.
In terms of direction, Manny Coto keeps things perhaps a bit too simple. For me, the film needs a bit more pace and there are a couple of moments when the boom is visible, which is unforgivable, even for a B-movie. That being said, the Israel location provides a great setting.
What I do have issue with is the DVD transfer. It's lifted directly from the VHS. Where's the widescreen? Also, the sound is muddy and muffled. There's a quality control issue here.
All in all, 'Cover Up' is a decent early 1990s low budget thriller, and a satisfying entry in the Dolph cannon, but it needs a better DVD release.
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on 19 June 2013
Action and suspense flies all over in this movie that keeps you guessing from start to finish, Very different to a lot of others and I must admit I wasn't disappointed. Two wonderful actors that keep this on the edge of the seat entertainment and making you wonder what the hell is going on. Now to say more will be nasty as to take out the gift of the story. Now I'm leaving that to you. The story is fabulous with a few curves thrown in as well with plenty of excitement what else do you want. Now it's time for the snacks and relaxing part of the evening for full on entertainment that is very enjoyable to watch. I rated this an a grade plus for a classic that's rewarding in it's own era. Enjoy!
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TOP 1000 REVIEWERon 11 October 2012
I'm a big fan of Dolph Lundgren's, I think he is an actor of far greater ability than many realise, and to simply write him off as a muscle bound automaton is a big maistake.

Yes he has made his fair share of stinkers (but then again how many actors haven't?), but amongst them there have been some highly entertaining films, some of my favourite examples are:

Command Performance [DVD]

Dark Angel [DVD]

Red Scorpion [DVD]

Army Of One (aka Joshua Tree)

This production from 1991, 'Cover Up', is more of a drama than an action film and gives Dolph a fine opportunity to stretch himself in a more serious role.

In the film Dolph plays Mike Anderson, an American reporter and US Marine veteran, who discovers a political cover-up over a Middle Eastern terrorist plan whilst investigating a bombing at a U.S. Military installation in Israel. The aforementioned fictional terrorist group in the film is called Black October, this is in reference to the Black September Organisation (the group responsible for the infamous attack on the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich), and the film paints a surprisingly realistic picture of politics involved in such a situation.

Lou Gossett Jr. co-stars as a CIA operative and the scenes he has with the lead are generally the best in the film.

The film does have occassional action, there is a particularly memorable fight scene in a hotel bathroom, but first and foremost it is a drama and I really liked the fact that the writer/director didn't feel the urge to turn it into more of the typical action vehicle for its star.

If ones expectations are realistically set and one is prepared to accept the action star in this more serious type of role, then this is a enjoyable film that is certainly worth picking up at the bargain price it is available for on Amazon.

The film has an 18 rating (this is possibly because of a sex scene, because the action or language certainly doesn't warrant it!), and has a total running time of 87 minutes.

The discs only extra is a trailer for the feature, the sound is only presented in stereo but the picture quality is quite good.

Overall a pretty good outing for big Dolph, in fact I would go so far as to say I think it may actually be one of his better outings.
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on 17 November 2014
Very pleased all round
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on 12 November 2015
Good
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on 13 January 2002
Dolph a is Newspaper reporter looking into what everybody thought was a routine rebel attack on a US military base in the middle East.
But Dolph wasn't always a reporter....He used to be a top marine until something happened in his life to change all that and Dolph smells a rat...
Don't be fooled into thinking this is just another B movie as there seems to be plenty of money thrown into this movie and it's all on screen too
A who dunnit plot involving a highly toxic gas and an extreme group ready to use it.
Support actor Louis Gossit Jr gives his usual performance as..himself, Which is great because when he does share the screen with dolph, they work well together bouncing insults to eachother.
The violence can be a little graffic at times which brings home the reality of violence.
A great film and worth watching a few times.
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on 28 January 2012
Polit thriller that somehow lacks oomph until Dolph's gets let off the leash in the last minute but one, way, way too late. All three stars are for that moment.
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