The Soldier released in 1982 starring Ken Wahl (who is probably best known for his role in the TV series Wiseguy) was a modest action hit that year raking in a box office of $6,328,816. This under-rated action flick is hard to find on most streaming platforms but has been re-released on Blu-Ray and is available on Amazon here.
Renegade KGB agents, headed by Ivan, hijack a plutonium shipment inside the United States and use it to plant a nuclear device in the Saudi Arabian Ghawar Oil Field. They threaten to detonate it, thereby contaminating 50% of the world’s oil reserve, unless Israel withdraws its settlements from the West Bank. In Washington, the American President contemplates starting a war with Israel, in order to save the world from a potential oil crisis. Washington is unaware that the KGB are behind this threat. The President orders the head of the CIA to find out who has planted the bomb and to do anything he can to stop this. The Soldier is then activated.
Given the unpleasant options of the KGB destroying 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 Soldier decides to take the third option. His team infiltrates and captures a US nuclear missile silo in Smith Center, Kansas, and obtains independent launch capability. As the American military launches their airstrikes toward Israel, The Soldier and Susan break into East Berlin by launching their Porshe over the Berlin Wall, confronting the 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 and the American airstrike is recalled.
Ken Wahl as The Soldier
Klaus Kinski as Dracha
Alberta Watson as Susan Goodman
William Prince as The President
Jeremiah Sullivan as Ivan
George Strait has a cameo appearance as himself, performing the song “Fool Hearted Memory”