The Soldier (film)

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The Soldier
Film poster for The Soldier
Directed by James Glickenhaus
Produced by James Glickenhaus
Written by James Glickenhaus
Music by Tangerine Dream
Cinematography Robert M. Baldwin
Edited by Paul Fried
Release dates
  • June 1982 (1982-06)
Running time
96 minutes
Country United States
Language English

The Soldier (Codename: The Soldier in the UK) is a 1982 American Cold War action film directed by James Glickenhaus and starring Ken Wahl.[1] The film also features Klaus Kinski, Alberta Watson and a cameo by country music superstar George Strait.


The KGB plants a nuclear device in the Saudi Arabian Ghawar oilfield. They threaten to detonate it, thereby contaminate 50% of the world oil reserve, unless Israel withdraws its settlements from the West Bank. The fact that the KGB is behind this threat is unknown. The American president contemplates starting a war with Israel, in order to save the world from oil crisis.

A CIA agent codenamed The Soldier (Ken Wahl), working outside the usual channels, is assigned to the case. After Russian agent Dacha (Klaus Kinski) tries to have him terminated, he contacts the CIA director from the US embassy in Berlin. He then enters the Israeli embassy. He and his team of another four agents start cooperating with the Israeli Mossad, represented by their director of covert operations Susan Goodman (Alberta Watson).

Given the unpleasant options of the KGB nuking a large part of the world's oil supply or the United States having to invoke a military response to force Israel to remove its settlements from the West Bank, the title character decides to Take a Third Option. His team captures a US missile silo in Smith Center, Kansas, and obtains independent launch capability. He and Susan then break into East Berlin by launching a car over the Berlin Wall, confronting the rogue KGB agents and informing them that if their nuke in Saudi Arabia is detonated, his team in Smith Center will nuke Moscow. This forces the Russian KGB to dismantle their device in Saudi Arabia.



  1. ^ Canby, Vincent (1982-09-03). "New York Times: The Soldier". NY Times. Retrieved 2008-10-26. 

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