Enemy Gold (1993)

Noticeably, this movie doesn’t start on a beach or with hot tubs. No, we’re back in the Civil War, as we learn the tale of hidden gold. And while three agents are on a mission to stop some drug lords, they find that gold. However, thanks to a corrupt agent, a ruthless criminal kingpin is attempting to hunt them all down.

Welcome to the first movie directed by Drew Sidaris, who has moved up from working on the second unit for several of the Malibu Bay films we’ve covered already this week.

Seeing as how Fit to Kill was supposed to be the end of the series, this starts everything off brand new. This has some of the elements — and actors — of Andy Sidaris’ films, but everyone has pretty much new characters. Bruce Penhall plays Chris Cannon, Mark Barriere is Mark Austin, Suzi Simpson (January 1992 Playboy Playmate of the Month) is Becky Midnight and Tanquil Lisa “Tai” Collins(who appeared in the October 1991 issue of Playboy and would go on to write for Baywatch) plays Ava Noble.

On the bad side, we have the returning Rodrigo Obregon as Santiago and Julie Strain as Jewel Pather.

This movie’s follow-up, The Dallas Connection, can either be seen as a sequel or remake. Strain, Obregon and Cassidy Phillips are back as villains but play different characters and the heroes work for a totally different agency. Strain plays Cobra in that film and is revealed to be a L.E.T.H.A.L. agent, a role which she’ll play in the rest of  Sidaris’ movies.

Julie Strain really makes this one watchable. I’m saying that not just because of her looks. She understands exactly the type of movie she’s in and makes it work. While Andy only produced this film, it doesn’t stray far from the formula.

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