The Human Shield

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The Human Shield
Directed by Ted Post
Written by Mann Rubin
Starring Michael Dudikoff
Release date
  • 1991 (1991)
Running time
88 min.
Country United States
Language English

The Human Shield is a 1991 low budget American film from b-movie film studio Cannon Films. It was directed by Ted Post and written by Mann Rubin and [1] stars Michael Dudikoff and Tommy Hinkley. It is about a former government agent who must save his diabetic brother from Iraqi abductors.[2] The movie has a 4.4 rating on IMDB and an 8% "liked it" score from Rotten Tomatoes.


The film begins in Northern Iraq, in 1985, during the Iran–Iraq War. Colonel Doug Matthews (Dudikoff), a U.S. Marine hired to help train Iraqi troops to fight off the Iranians, arrives somewhere in the northern part of Iraq only to discover that Iraqi troops are killing people in the nearby village. Doug disagrees with this and attacks Dallai, the leader of the Iraqi troops, but loses. Five years later, in August, at Baghdad Airport, the news reports that Iraq has invaded Kuwait and that all foreign nationals are to be evacuated. However, Ben Matthews (Tommy Hinkley), Doug's diabetic brother, who is a teacher, is taken away from his wife and child by Iraqi guards for interrogation and is held hostage to lure Doug in to a trap.


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