The crappiness of the movie was matched by Abramoff's methods. Red Scorpion was made in Namibia, which was occupied by South Africa at the time. South African military equipment was even used on set with some of their soldiers serving as extras. Remember that this was during the height of apartheid; working with South Africa ranged from being illegal to just not very cool . Anti-apartheid protesters soon popped up on set, and Warner Bros. pulled out as distributors. Think about that for a second. Do you have any idea how hard it was in the 80's to get Americans mad at you for making an anti-communist movie?