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Wanted: Dead or Alive -- Nick Randall (Rutger Hauer) is a high-tech, fourth generation bounty hunter who "collects" society's criminal low-lifes for very healthy prices. But the tables have been turned on Randall.


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Michael Patrick Goodman (written by)
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Release Date:
16 January 1987 (USA) See more »
Nick Randall is a loner. A legend. A bounty hunter. See more »
This movie features a character who is a descendant of the character played by Steve McQueen in the television series of the same name... See more » | Add synopsis »
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A great action film, a must-see in its genre. See more (34 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Rutger Hauer ... Nick Randall

Gene Simmons ... Malak Al Rahim

Robert Guillaume ... Philmore Walker

Mel Harris ... Terry

William Russ ... Det. Danny Quintz
Susan MacDonald ... Louise Quintz

Jerry Hardin ... John Lipton
Hugh Gillin ... Patrick Donoby

Robert Harper ... Dave Henderson

Eli Danker ... Robert Aziz
Joseph Nasser ... Hasson
Suzanne Wouk ... Jamilla
Gerald Papasian ... Abdul Renza (as Gerald Papasyan)

Nick Faltas ... Amir
Hammam Shafie ... Chemical Expert
Tyler Tyhurst ... Charlie Higgins
Ted White ... Pete
Neil Summers ... Hardy (as Neil Sommers)

Dennis Burkley ... Farnsworth

Dee Dee Rescher ... Mrs. Farnsworth
Jesse Aragon ... Luis Sanchez

Shere Thu Thuy ... Young Vietnamese Woman (as Tu Thuy)
Tu Ban Nguyen ... Vietnamese Shop Owner
Garry Scott ... Yeshiva Student

Tiiu Leek ... Herself
Bill Smith ... Himself
R.J. Miller ... Mr. Morrison
Charles Shapiro ... Usher
David Boyle ... Police Chief
Jeffrey Josephson ... Sergeant Nelson
Patrick Puccinelli ... Policeman
James Edgcomb ... Technician (as Jim Edgecomb)
Buddy Farmer ... Agent

Gary Werntz ... Agent

Rif Hutton ... Agent

Richard Partlow ... Agent
Rick Goldman ... Agent
George Shannon ... Agent
Ed Brodow ... Agent

Patrick Gorman ... Agent
Hubie Kerns Jr. ... Agent
Danny Costa ... Truck Driver
Greg Wayne Elam ... Guard (as Gregory W. Elam)

John-Clay Scott ... Guard
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jerry Gatlin ... FBI / SWAT Team Member (uncredited)
Sam Longoria ... FBI Agent (uncredited)

Directed by
Gary Sherman 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Michael Patrick Goodman  written by
Gary Sherman  written by
Brian Taggert  written by

Produced by
Barry Bernardi .... co-producer
Michael Patrick Goodman .... associate producer
Robert C. Peters .... producer
Arthur M. Sarkissian .... executive producer
Original Music by
Joe Renzetti 
Cinematography by
Alex Nepomniaschy 
Film Editing by
Ross Albert 
Casting by
Ellen Meyer 
Sally Stiner 
Production Design by
Paul Eads 
Art Direction by
Jon Hutman 
Costume Design by
Tom McKinley 
Makeup Department
Jim Gillespie .... makeup artist
Trilby Taylor .... hair stylist
Production Management
Barry Bernardi .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Dennis Capps .... second assistant director
Alan B. Curtiss .... first assistant director
Kevin Meyer .... director: additional photography
Art Department
Craig D. Bentley .... carpenter
Michael A. Clark .... carpenter
Tommy Estridge .... property master
Robert W. Henderson .... set dresser (as Robert Henderson)
Floyed E. Morlan Sr. .... stand-by painter
Cheri Paul .... assistant props
Mindy Roffman .... assistant art director
Ray Stoddard .... construction foreman
Craig S. Sulli .... lead man
Jim Wood .... construction coordinator
Sound Department
Peter Bentley .... sound mixer
Barbara J. Boguski .... adr
Lisa De Moraes .... adr
Jonathan D. Evans .... sound engineer
Kim Fowler .... foley artist
Walter A. Gest .... sound recordist (as Walter Gest)
Chris Ingram .... sound assistant
Scott Jacobs .... boom operator
Steve Maslow .... sound re-recording mixer
F. Hudson Miller .... sound effects editor
R.J. Palmer .... supervising sound editor
Laura Perlman .... assistant sound (as Laura J. Perlman)
John Post .... foley artist
Reinhard Schreiner .... boom operator
Carl Lewis Skolnik .... sound assistant
Frank Smathers .... dialogue editor (as Frank T. Smathers)
Kelly Tartan .... sound effects editor
Elliot Tyson .... sound re-recording mixer
David Lewis Yewdall .... supervising sound editor
Special Effects by
Calvin Joe Acord .... special effects technician (as Cal Acord)
William Aldridge .... special effects
Guy Faria .... special effects
Harold Selig .... special effects
Brad Bovee .... stunts
Blair Burrows .... stunts
Phil Chong .... stunts
Danny Costa .... stunts
Bob K. Cummings .... stunts
Corey Michael Eubanks .... stunts
Jerry Gatlin .... stunts
Marguerite Happy .... stunts
Bob Harris .... stunts
Gene Hartline .... stunts
Eddie Hice .... stunts
Norman Howell .... stunts
Mike Johnson .... stunts
Hubie Kerns Jr. .... stunts
Max Kleven .... stunts
Gary Robert .... stunts
Mario Roberts .... stunts
Ben Scott .... stunts
John-Clay Scott .... stunt double: Rutger Hauer
John-Clay Scott .... stunts
Walter Scott .... stunt coordinator
Danny Wong .... stunts
Sydney Urshan .... stunt driver (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Ken Berkhout .... electrician
Loren Corl .... grip
Cicero De Moraes .... electrician
John L. Demps Jr. .... electrician (as John Demps Jr.)
Renato Di Giuseppe .... camera operator
Jerry Enright .... best boy electric
Danny Feld .... still photographer
Richard Franchot .... key grip
Beth Jana Friedberg .... first assistant camera (as Beth-Jana Friedberg)
Dennis Grow .... gaffer
Phil Heath .... grip (as Phillip Heath)
Gregory Irwin .... first assistant camera: "a" camera
Doug Kennedy .... electrician
Albert Malvaez .... second assistant camera
Bob Myers .... best boy grip
Chris Napolitano .... electrician
Mark Roemmich .... best boy grip
Michael R. Thorpe .... grip (as Mike Thorpe)
Jamie Watson .... dolly grip
Robert D. Yeoman .... additional photographer
Casting Department
Bruce Winant .... voice casting (as Loopers Unlimited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Ainslee Colt de Wolf .... costume assistant
Editorial Department
Marjorie Deutsch .... assistant editor
Susanne Gervay .... negative cutter
Hugh Morris .... apprentice editor
Dan Muscarella .... color timer
Kevin Toothman .... apprentice editor
Music Department
Ross Albert .... music editor
George Doering .... musician
Joe Renzetti .... score recordist (as Joseph Renzetti)
Transportation Department
Bobbie Green .... driver
Lou Leucart .... transportation captain (as Lu Leucart)
Raymond Loiselle .... driver
Tom F. Thomas .... transportation coordinator (as Tom Thomas)
Wayne Williams .... transportation co-captain
Other crew
Deana Albers .... production assistant
Bill Bristow .... assistant: Rutger Hauer
Michael Broidy .... unit publicist
Bethany Brown .... production accountant
Dennis Davidson .... Unit publicity
Ross Fanger .... assistant location manager
Annette Haywood-Carter .... script supervisor
Lisa Hollingshead .... production coordinator
Krister C. Johnson .... craft service (as Krister Johnson)
Rodney Liber .... set production assistant
Carl Mazzocone .... location manager
Diane Popelka McNamara .... production secretary (as Diane Popelka)
Jordan Rudelson .... production assistant
Terrie Sharp .... assistant production accountant
Cheryl Sherman .... fashion consultant: Rutger Hauer (as Cheryl Coblens Sherman)
Maria Snyder .... production assistant
Lisa Tritico .... set nurse

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Wanted Dead or Alive" - Australia (DVD menu title), International (English title) (complete title), USA (complete title)
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106 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Australia:R | Finland:K-16 | Finland:K-18 (original rating) | France:-12 | Iceland:16 | Netherlands:16 | Netherlands:12 (TV rating) (slightly cut) | Norway:18 (video premiere) | Norway:15 (2003) (DVD rating) | Portugal:M/16 | South Korea:18 | UK:18 | USA:R | West Germany:18 (nf)

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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 »
Revealing mistakes: 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 »
Morrison (City Desk):[answering phone] Hello, Morrison, City Desk...
Malak Al Rahim:[calculating] This is Malak Al Rahim.
Morrison (City Desk):[laughing and typing name into computer]
Malak Al Rahim:Let me save you some confusion, Mr. Morrison, there are going to be a number of people phoning tonight to claim responsibility for what I am about to do...
Morrison (City Desk):[reading from computer search] Malak Al Rahim is supposed to be in South Yemen... how do I know it's really you?
Malak Al Rahim:[pressing his hand print onto the phones glass window] You'll know it's me... I'm standing outside a Fox Cinema...
[blows up the cinema]
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15 out of 19 people found the following review useful.
A great action film, a must-see in its genre., 14 March 1999
Author: Tophee from Morrisville, PA

Action all the way, this is Hauer at his best. I first saw this movie about ten years ago, and remembered it only for its final scene; I still remembered the line "**** the bonus!". When watching the film again all these years later, unlike most movies, I actually got more from it than the first time I saw it. For action fans everywhere, put this on your must-see list.

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