Laser Mission

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Laser Mission
Laser Mission poster.jpg
Directed by BJ Davis
Produced by Hans Kühle Sr.
Written by David A. Frank
Phillip Gutteridge
Starring Brandon Lee
Ernest Borgnine
Music by David Knopfler
Cinematography Hans Kühle, Jr.
Edited by E. Selavie
Robert L. Simpson
Bob Yrtuc
Distributed by Turner Home Entertainment
Release date
  • November 20, 1989 (1989-11-20) (West Germany)
  • August 22, 1990 (1990-08-22) (United States)
Running time
84 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Laser Mission is a 1989 American action film directed by BJ Davis, starring Brandon Lee and Ernest Borgnine. The film was released under the title Soldier of Fortune and in his final film debut, Werner Pochath.


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 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.

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.

Laser Mission is registered as copyright to Turner Home Entertainment in the United States Copyright Office database.[1]


Home media[edit]

The movie debuted in the United States direct-to-video four years before The Crow.[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] It was also featured on Rifftrax in 2011.[4]


  1. ^ Search on "Laser Mission" (1991) or Document number V2636P080 in the United States Copyright Office database. Last accessed December 29, 2011.
  2. ^ Alvarez, Max J (1994-12-30). "Big Names Look For Bright Lights In Videoland". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 2010-12-07. 
  3. ^ Hunt, Dennis (1993-04-09). "A Resurgence of Interest in Films of Brandon Lee". The Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2010-12-03. 
  4. ^ "Laser Mission". Rifftrax. October 3, 2011. Retrieved February 27, 2018. 

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