McBain (film)

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McBain FilmPoster.jpeg
Directed by James Glickenhaus
Written by James Glickenhaus
Release date
  • September 20, 1991 (1991-09-20)
Running time
102 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Box office $456,127

McBain is a 1991 American action film written and directed by James Glickenhaus. McBain stars Christopher Walken, Michael Ironside and María Conchita Alonso. Luis Guzmán also appears as a drug dealer named "Papo".


It is about an ex-soldier who reunites his old army buddies in order to get revenge on a Colombian dictator who killed his old friend, a freedom fighter.



The Simpsons connection[edit]

"McBain" was originally the name of a character in action movies on The Simpsons, played by an Arnold Schwarzenegger analogue named Rainier Wolfcastle. His appearance on The Simpsons predates the release of this film, and apart from the name, the film has little relation to the character.

However, for some time after the release of the McBain film, the movie's producers refused to give 20th Century Fox and Matt Groening's production team clearance to use the "McBain" name. In order to continue using the character, the character was given a new name, Rainier Wolfcastle, intended as the name of the actor who portrayed McBain (the McBain name has continued to be used to refer to the in-universe series of films and their character).[1]


Box office[edit]

The film was not very successful, taking in less than $500,000 at the United States box office.

Home media[edit]

The movie was released on videocassette in the USA in 1992 by MCA/Universal Home Video, and in Canada that same year by C/FP Video. Years later, Goodtimes released a budget tape of the movie. Synapse Films will release Mcbain on Blu-ray from a newly restored 2K transfer.

On January 25, 2013 Rifftrax released a Video On Demand version of the movie including a running mocking commentary by Mystery Science Theater 3000 stars Mike Nelson, Kevin Murphy and Bill Corbett.[2]


  1. ^ "Did You Know? - Trivia about McBain movie on IMDB"., Inc.
  2. ^ "McBain".

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