Comparison between the cut R-rated DVD by Dimension Home Video / Buena Vista and the uncut German FSK 16 DVD by Mr. Banker Films / Lighthouse.
15 minutes and 8 seconds are missing within 35 scenes.
The action thriller starring Dolph Lundgren in the leading role was cut by 15 minutes in the USA in order to tighten up the plot. The movie was released on VHS and DVD under the title "Hidden Assassin". There hasn't been an uncut US release, yet.
The titles are different in the two versions: R-Rated: Hidden Assassin / FSK 16: The Shooter.
No difference in running time
Michael and Alex are in the car, driving along the street. Michael looks out of the window at a few buildings. Alex says that it's probably a bit weird being here again and Michael answers that it's okay. He wants to know whether they are going to the embassy now. Alex asks if he's joking, because there's no embassy in this mission and he adds that nobody has heard anything from them in the last two days.
After Alex and Michael have entered the room and Dick has asked them where they've been for so long, Michael jokingly says to Alex that this probably is some sort of welcome greeting. Alex says that it probably is.
Alex justifies the delay with the flight and the bad weather.
A shot of Alex and of Michael, who sits down in the armchair.
After Michael has received the photos from Simone, he talks longer with Dick about Simone and her motives for the assassination.
An additional shot of Michael and Dick.
Michael and Alex look at each other after Dick's warning.
Alberto asks Dick if his adjutant could help him and points his finger at him. Then Alberto says goodbye and says to Dick that he's waiting for his reports. When Alberto has left, Belgado says to Michael that he's back home again and asks how that makes him feel. Michael answers that New York is his home.
Dick says to Michael and Alex that they will regret contradicting him in front of the others the next time.
Michael wants to know from Alex if he has found the grave. Alex says that he has; the next scene shows them walking in the graveyard. Michael stops at the grave of his wife and puts down a bunch of flowers. He walks over to Alex and asks him how much Paul knows about her. Alex says that he probably knows everything and wants to know if Michael likes it this way. Michael answers with a question and asks if he would like it this way. Alex answers that he should forget about Paul and that it's only his memory. Michael says that he feels exposed since they're here, just like he used to feel in the past. Alex pats his shoulder and says that he'll get over this and that they should be getting to work now. They walk out of the picture.
Simone runs through the picture.
Alex adds that this is the policy of their company. They lie in order to find the truth.
There's some dialogue between Michael and Alex after the scene in the disco has faded out. A guy arranging some bottles in a bar is shown. Alex says to Michael that this is the bodyguard of Simone and that he always accompanies her on her way home. After that, they talk about Alex' passion for the job and about his wife Paula.
Simone says that this is a wonderful grape, in reference to the wine. Michael agrees with her.
After Michael has said something to Simone, she answers that she's glad that he tried again. Then they clink their glasses. After that follows a cut to Simone's bodyguard, who glances shortly at them and then turns around again.
Simone and Michael go the wine cellar. They pass Simone's bodyguard, who gazes after them.
Michael and Alex are talking about the fight with the two guys after Alex has drugged Simone, who is unconscious now. Michael puts his hand in pain against his chest and tells Alex that they'll be needing a helicopter and that Paul shall have a plane at the ready at the airfield. A shot of Simone, still unconscious, follows. Alex wishes her nice dreams. When the scene is fading out we see Michael and Alex driving along the alley in the next scene.
Michael looks back to Simone, who lies unconscious on the back seat.
Alex looks at Michael and tells him to stop staring at her like that. Michael says that he's just watching her and Alex asks in return whether he's waiting for her to confess. They talk some more about her and her professional assassinations, during which she killed 10 people in cold blood, but she only received a one year sentence for illegal immigration, and that was even incorrect. Simone wakes up during the conversation and notices the handcuffs.
A few shots of Simone waking up and noticing her handcuffs were reinserted into the US version at this point. This already came up a little bit earlier in the uncut version.
Simone is shown freeing her arms partially, while Michael and Alex keep talking.
The two still keep talking. In the meantime, Simone tries to open the door, but it's locked. Then she unlocks the door.
After Simone has fled and the police have arrived, Michael asks Alex why he shot at her. He answers that the summit will be tomorrow and says that he can guess at what might be going on there. After that, Dick is longer shown talking to the police man.
Dick angrily says to Michael and Alex that they've messed up their mission, although everything was laid out perfectly, and now Simone is gone. Michael tells him that this is his fault and that he takes full responsibility. Dick says that this is quite noble, but it would be even better if he prayed a little.
After Dick has walked out of the picture, he can still be heard making a phone call. Alex turns around to Michael and looks at him. After that follows a scene change; the camera moves towards Michael's apartment.
Michael is looking out of the window. He turns around to the camera, curses a little and makes a thoughtful face.
Michael is driving up the street, stops in front of the train station and gets out with Marta. They walk towards the entrance.
A complete plot scene, in which Dick praises Michael for his work and would like nothing better than to honor him with a medal, is missing. But because he has broken some laws he'll have to be content with a toast. Belgado tells the others that he'll go upstairs and look after Simone. Dick keeps praising Michael until they hear Belgado scream, whereupon they run upstairs. They enter the room and see Belgado on his knees next to Simone's bed, clutching his crutch in pain. Simone, who's tied to the bed, says that he wanted to check her oil level, so she only showed him what she thinks about that. Alex starts laughing and Belgado tries to attack Simone, but Michael can hold him back and they have a little fight, to which Dick puts an end by talking sense back into them. Dick apologizes to Simone and says that something like this will never happen again. Then he leaves together with Belgado and Axel. Michael wants to know from Simone if she's all right, which she answers with a "yes".
Michael says jokingly that it'll be strange when Dick is gone and that he'll miss him very much. Dick smiles a little and tells Michael that he really did a good job. Michael says that he wasn't better than Alex and points at him. At the end, Dick says to Michael that he should keep his thoughts to himself if he wants to be praised again. Then he walks over to his car, where Belgado is already waiting. Alex stands in front of Michael and tells him to take care of himself. Michael answers that he'll be all right.
Simone asks Michael if she can take a bath, because she's hurting everywhere and feeling dirty. Michael walks towards her, points his gun at her and removes the handcuffs from the big armchair. She asks for his real name, but he only looks at her silently and takes her to the bath room.
Michael drives around together with Simone. The railroad gate comes down and Michael stops. He takes the opportunity and gets out a bottle of wine. He offers some to Simone, but she keeps silent. After some time she starts talking about the current mission and how everything will work. She takes a cup of wine and drinks it up. The railroad gate rises after the train has rushed by.
As Michael wants to get out of the truck, Simone tells him to promise her that he doesn't owe her anything.
Shortly afterwards, she asks him not to help her.
Michael drives along the street with Simone.
We see Michael hunched over Simone, who has just been shot. He removes the bloody towel from the wound, rips open the shirt until the wound is visible and presses the towel down on it again.
Michael drives fast and in anger along the street.