- Cult Classic: At least in Russia, where the film is considered a meta-example for the so-called "cranberry", that is, absurd national stereotypes about the Russians and the USSR.
- Hilarious in Hindsight:
Ridzik: Yeah? Well, tell me something, Captain. If you've got such a fucking paradise over there, how come you're up the same creek as we are with heroin and cocaine?Danko: Chinese find way. Right after revolution, they round up all drug dealers, all drug addicts, take them to public square, and shoot them in back of head.Ridzik: Ah, it'd never work here. Fucking politicians wouldn't go for it.Danko: Shoot them first.
- This film has yet another demeaning quote about politicians from Schwarzenegger.
- One-Scene Wonder: Former Soviet actor Saveliy Kramorov as an employee of the Soviet embassy. Although most of the inhabitants of the USSR were negatively disposed because of his escapes abroad, now his role is mostly perceived sympathetically and nostalgically.
- Heartwarming Moments: The film is dedicated to Bennie Dobbins, the stunt coordinator who suffered a heart attack on set while staging the fight in the snow; the dedication itself is accompanied by Schwarzenegger saluting on camera.
- Ho Yay: The infamous opening, where Danko goes to a meeting in public bathouse which is filled with sweaty half naked men working out.
- Narm Charm: All the charm of this film for Russians or residents of other former Soviet republics.
- Memetic Mutation:
- Mexicans Love Speedy Gonzales: This almost-forgotten flick used to be a big VHS hit in late 80's - early 90's Russia and is still considered an enjoyable camp classic, mostly because of Arnold's hilariously over-the-top performance, very fake "Soviet" sets and bad Russian accents, and good old nostalgia. And this is not to mention how much people from the USSR were grateful to Arnold for the positive and cool image of their compatriot.