Film / Invasion USA (1985)
As if USA wasn't enough, Norris saves Christmas too.

"The movie 'Invasion U.S.A.' is, in fact, a documentary."

Invasion USA is an action film produced by The Cannon Group in 1985.

A multinational assortment of commie terrorists lead by one Mikhail Rostov (Richard Lynch) enter the American soil, and start causing havoc everywhere. Only one man can stop them: The former CIA agent Matt Hunter (Chuck Norris).

The film was followed by Avenging Force in 1986, with Chuck being replaced by Michael Dudikoff.

This film has the examples of:

  • Arch-Enemy: Rostov sees Hunter as one, as he is obsessed with taking him out. Hunter himself doesn't care much about Rostov, until he is attacked.
  • An Asskicking Christmas: The terrorists land on US during Christmas season. And just to show what bastards they are, they start blowing up suburbs celebrating it.
  • Awesome McCool Name: Matt Hunter.
  • Badass Beard: Hunter.
  • Badass Boast:
    • Hunter gives one to a pimp who interferes with his interrogation of a would-be informant.
    Hunter: If you come back in here, I'm gonna hit you with so many rights you'll beg for a left.
    • Later, he gives one to Rostov via television:
    Hunter: Nikko was easy. Now it's your turn. One night you're gonna close your eyes, and when they open, I'll be there. It'll be time to die.
  • Batman Gambit: Hunter arranges himself to be caught by the police so that he'll be placed in the emergency command center. He does this because he knows that Rostov will launch an all-out attack to the place to get him while destabilizing the American government for good.
  • Big Bad: Rostov.
  • Car Chase: One starts after the mall shootout.
  • Car Fu: Hunter kills a mook with his jeep during the mall shootout.
  • Catapult Nightmare: Rostov trashes around and bolts up when he wakes up from his nightmare.
  • Catch Phrase: "Time to die" for Hunter.
  • *Click* Hello: In his nightmare, Rostov tries to pull a major job, only to be interrupted by Hunter putting a gun on his temple.
  • Covers Always Lie: The White House isn't involved in the action.
  • Dead Man's Trigger Finger: Happens to a machine-gun toting Marine, who is gunned down while he's stupidly standing still in the middle of the huge climactic battle and firing from the hip on full-auto.
  • Destination Defenestration: Rostov throws Mickey's lady through a window after killing him.
  • Dirty Communists: The terrorists are made of these.
  • The Dragon: Nikko. He serves as Rostov's right hand, and keeps him focused on the invasion.
  • Friend or Foe: After the bad guys have pulled off a number of false flag attacks, a group of gun-toting civilians can be seen standing guard and wearing armbands, while a group of kids are put on a bus to be evacuated to elsewhere.
  • Groin Attack: Rostov kills Mickey by shooting him in the groin multiple times. He does the same to one of his subordinates who pointed out(rightfully so, as it turned out) that Rostov's obsession with getting Hunter would hurt the mission.
  • Guns Akimbo: Hunter with his Micro Uzis.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Hunter has a habit of killing terrorists with their own bombs.
  • Hope Spot: Rostov (posing as a coast guard with his men) tell the illegal immigrants that they are free to enter the US before shooting them all.
  • I Work Alone: Said word by word by Hunter when he officially accepts the assignment of finding Rostov.
  • Impaled Palm: Hunter puts a knife through an informant's hand to make him talk.
  • Impersonating an Officer: The terrorists cause havoc by killing civilians while being dressed as members of various authoritive occupations to turn people against them.
  • Infant Immortality: Averted - the terrorists successfully attack an amusement park, and although it's not stated outright it's clearly implied children were among the victims.
  • Intrepid Reporter: McGuire.
  • Never Smile at a Crocodile: During his more peaceful moments, Matt and his buddy John Eagle capture alligators.
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain: Hunter has no interest on recapturing Rostov when he is informed that he has entered American soil. Then Rostov organizes an attack on Hunter's home, killing his friend John Eagle. Hunter's first step after this is to go after Rostov, which ultimately leads to failure of his invasion.
  • Nightmare Sequence: Hunter is such a fearsome adversary to Rostov, that he has nightmares about him kicking his ass.
  • Novelization: By Jason Frost, a pseudonym used by writers Raymond Obstfeld and Rich Rainey. It is unclear which one wrote it.
  • Offscreen Teleportation:
    • Hunter disappears from McGuire's sight when she is momentarily looks away from him.
    • He pulls this off again during his final confrontation with Rostov.
  • Stuff Blowing Up: Rostov's attack on the ideal suburban neighborhood.
  • Super Window Jump: Hunter gets the hell out of the Dodge when his house comes under fire from Rostov's men.
  • Tank Goodness: During the Final Battle, the National Guard surrounds the villains, complete with M-48 Patton tanks.
  • There Is No Kill Like Overkill: After Hunter beats the absolute hell out of Rostov in hand to hand combat, he could easily have finished him then and there. Instead he disappears so he can go and get a LAW rocket launcher, which he then uses to blast Rostov at close range after sneaking up on him. Rostov himself apparently had something similar planned, as after Hunter disappeared, he too acquired a rocket launcher and was searching for Hunter with it.
  • Vigilante Man: The public is led to believe that Hunter is one, as his actions to thwart the terrorists are not officially supported by the CIA.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: After Hunter saves McGuire from Nikko, she disappears from the movie.
  • Would Hurt a Child: One trio of terrorists attempt to blow up a school bus full of children. See also Infant Immortality above.