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Wanted: Dead or Alive (1987)

R  |   |  Action, Crime, Drama  |  16 January 1987 (USA)
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This movie features a character who is a descendant of the character played by Steve McQueen in the television series of the same name. And like McQueen's Josh Randall, Hauer's Nick Randall... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Nick Randall
Malak Al Rahim
Philmore Walker
Det. Danny Quintz
Susan MacDonald ...
Louise Quintz
John Lipton
Hugh Gillin ...
Patrick Donoby
Dave Henderson
Robert Aziz
Joseph Nasser ...
Suzanne Wouk ...
Gerald Papasian ...
Abdul Renza (as Gerald Papasyan)
Hammam Shafie ...
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This movie features a character who is a descendant of the character played by Steve McQueen in the television series of the same name. And like McQueen's Josh Randall, Hauer's Nick Randall is also a bounty hunter. & also an ex-CIA operative, who is asked by his former employer to help them track down a terrorist, Malak Al Rahim, who is in the country, and has already made a move. But he is also looking for Randall, and the people, whom Randall is working for, is telling Malak, where he can find Randall. Written by <>

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The terrorists had nothing to fear but him. See more »


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Release Date:

16 January 1987 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Wanted Dead or Alive  »

Box Office


$7,555,000 (USA)

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One of a number of 1980s movies where KISS actor Gene Simmons portrayed a villain. Runaway (1984) was another. See more »


About a third of the way through, Nick and other policemen are trying to disarm a suspect holding seven sticks of dynamite only 100 feet away. The dynamite explodes much less than it should; seven sticks of dynamite would level a house, and everyone would have to be at least 300 feet away to avoid serious injury or death. See more »


Nick Randall: We've been seeing each other for six months now.
Danny Quintz: Six months? Six fucking months? That's a goddamn sivler anniversary for you!
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References Rambo: First Blood Part II (1985) See more »


You Are My Sunshine
Written by Jimmie Davis and Charles Mitchell
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Good Rutger Film!
18 July 2004 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

Rutger's the MAN! I found this film at Best Buy about 4 or 5 months after September 11th, and it just hit the spot! I had never heard of the movie but being a Rutger fan I usually will spend the money to add his films to my ever growing collection. Sometimes he's the only thing that adds to the life of some very dreary films and he's in a bunch of them. The '80's however seems to have been his decade and this film is a pretty good outing for him.

It is in the B-Movie range, for sure, but it works well. Gene Simmons plays a great villain. The action and pacing of the film works well, and frankly the subject matter couldn't be more up-to-date.

I wish they were making more movies like this today where the terrorists get what they deserve and the audience can enjoy the pay back and feel like they are participating in the action.

The very end of the film is great and it certainly is a statement that works even better today. I think most people would feel the same way as Rutger does at the end of this movie and want to do the same thing. I certainly did!

For fans of action and/or Rutger hunt this movie down!

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