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Tougher Than Leather (1988)

Legendary hip-hop group Run-D.M.C. stars in this cross between a blaxploitation film and a spaghetti western. They must find and punish the evil drug lord-record company executive who ... See full summary »

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Darryl 'DMC' McDaniels
Daniel Simmons ...
Prison Warden
Jason Mizell ...
Jason 'Jam Master Jay' Mizell
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Joseph 'Run' Simmons
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Bernie Carteez
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Nathan Burdette
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Vic Ferrante
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Arthur Ratnor
Steven N. Williams ...
Vic's Bodyguard No. 2
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Himself
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Himself
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Pam
Raymond White ...
Raymond 'Runny Ray' Walker
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Legendary hip-hop group Run-D.M.C. stars in this cross between a blaxploitation film and a spaghetti western. They must find and punish the evil drug lord-record company executive who murdered their friend. Along the way, they encounter racist bikers, blonde bimbos, and the Beastie Boys! Written by Brad Carty

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Crime | Drama | Music

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16 September 1988 (USA)  »

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Mad Dogs - Im Schatten der Gewalt  »

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$3,582,760 (USA)
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Although he was never seen on screen, Eddie Murphy spent a lot of time on the set of the film hanging out with Run DMC and crew. See more »

Quotes

Nathan Burdette: A black man that wants big money ain't got a choice on how he makes it.
Jason 'Jam Master Jay' Mizell: A MAN always has a choice.
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Not bad, not bad at all!!
1 May 2000 | by (Chicago, IL) – See all my reviews

I bought this film based entirely on the fact that I'm a RUN DMC fan, and I wasn't disappointed. It's surprisingly well directed, considering Rick Rubin is a record producer and as far as I know had no experience, and the acting is much better than you might expect. Jam Master Jay is especially good in a Tarantino-esqe storytelling scene in the beginning when DMC is released from prison and Jay and RUN go to pick him up. Run is also very good. DMC was great in his action scenes, and even though his lines weren't done wonderfully, he's not at all bad either. In fact, everyone does surprisingly well, for being mostly Musicians and their producers and managers. Jenny Lumet is really sexy as well as being a pretty good actress, I'm surprised that I haven't seen her more. Great action sequences, excellent introduction, and totally cool party scenes with Slick Rick and the Beastie Boys rapping, and DMC drinking from a 40 of OE. A very underrated movie!


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