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Writer (WGA):
Steven McKay (written by)
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Release Date:
9 February 1990 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
The star of Above the Law is back. Now...Steven Seagal is hard to kill. See more »
Plot:
Mason Storm, a 'go it alone' cop, is gunned down at home. The intruders kill his wife, and think they've killed both Mason and his son too... See more » | Full synopsis »
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It's mildly entertaining, but one of Seagal's best. (* * * out of * * * *) See more (86 total) »

Cast

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Steven Seagal ... Mason Storm

Kelly LeBrock ... Andy Stewart (as Kelly Le Brock)

William Sadler ... Senator Vernon Trent (as Bill Sadler)
Frederick Coffin ... Lt. Kevin O'Malley

Bonnie Burroughs ... Felicia Storm

Andrew Bloch ... Capt. Dan Hulland

Branscombe Richmond ... Max Quentero

Charles Boswell ... Jack Axel
Zachary Rosencrantz ... Sonny Storm
Lou Beatty Jr. ... Carl Becker
Nick DeMauro ... Calabrese
Nick Corello ... James Valero

Justin De Rosa ... Mikey
Stanley Brock ... Counterman

Evan James ... Danny
Tomas Trujillo ... Shotgun Punk

Robert LaSardo ... Punk
Haruo Matsuoka ... Punk
Craig Dunn ... Punk

Tony Perez ... Detective #1
Steve Jones ... E.R. Doctor
Francesca P. Roberts ... Martha Coe

James DiStefano ... Nolan

Dean Norris ... Det. Sgt. Goodhart
Michael Fosberg ... Team Leader Doctor

Buddy Joe Hooker ... Russ
Jerry Dunphy ... Newscaster
Barbara Townsend ... Henrietta Wade

Carlos Gómez ... Neighbor
Christian Duffy ... Joe Bear
Andrea Stein ... Housewife
Eddie Frias ... Youth

Michael Adler ... Desk Clerk
Geoffrey Bara ... Sonny, Age 5
Kent Turnipseed ... Hans
Janet Zappala ... Newscaster

Ernie Lively ... Commander
Frank H. Conn ... Van Driver
Philip Weyland ... Dr. Weyland
Shari Hueffmeir ... Sheri
Linda Klein ... Nurse
Gary McLarty ... Shotgun Man
James Thompson ... Bad Guy #2 (as Jim Thompson)
Tom Muzila ... Muzila
Catherine Quinn ... Amtrak Lady
Richard Kwong ... Man #2
Osama Joseph Sabbagh ... Parking Attendant
Richard Wakasa ... Asian Driver

Al Goto ... Chinese Clever Man
Bernie Bielawski ... Taxi Driver
Julia Stormson ... Girl in Hot Tub
Jack Eiseman ... Cop #1
Mickey McMeel ... Cop #2 (as Michael McMeel)
Jim Kindelon ... S.W.A.T. Cop
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Ruben Avitia ... Punk (uncredited)

Liam Ferguson ... Deli Owner (uncredited)

Geraldo Rivera ... Himself (uncredited)
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Directed by
Bruce Malmuth 
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
Steven McKay (written by)

Produced by
Gary Adelson .... producer
Steven McKay .... associate producer
Michael I. Rachmil .... executive producer (as Michael Rachmil)
Lee Rich .... executive producer
Jonathan Sheinberg .... co-producer (as Jon Sheinberg)
Joel Simon .... producer
Bill Todman Jr. .... producer
 
Original Music by
David Michael Frank 
 
Cinematography by
Matthew F. Leonetti (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
John F. Link 
 
Casting by
Glenn Daniels 
 
Production Design by
Robb Wilson King 
 
Art Direction by
Louis M. Mann  (as Louis Mann)
 
Set Decoration by
Martin Price 
 
Makeup Department
Anthony Esposito .... hair stylist
Alan Fama .... makeup artist (as Al Fama)
Alan Friedman .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Steve Barnett .... unit production manager (as Stephen J. Barnett)
Joel Chernoff .... executive in charge of production (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Marsha Scarbrough .... second assistant director
Randy Suhr .... second second assistant director
Douglas E. Wise .... first assistant director (as Douglas Wise)
Tena Psyche Yatroussis .... second assistant director (as Tena Yatroussis)
Daniel R. Suhart .... second second assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Kevin Conlin .... construction coordinator
Michael A. Contreraz .... labor foreman
Lance Lombardo .... lead man
Mike Rutgard .... assistant property master
Sal Sommatino .... property master
Frank White .... labor foreman
Jeffery J. Jenkins .... painter (uncredited)
Dean B. Katz .... set dresser (uncredited)
B.J. Smith .... construction medic (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Glenn E. Anderson .... production sound mixer (as Glenn Anderson)
Wayne Artman .... sound re-recording mixer (as Wayne L. Artman)
Jim Borgardt .... adr editor (as James A. Borgardt)
Virginia Cook-McGowan .... sound editor
Tom E. Dahl .... sound re-recording mixer
Jay Dranch .... sound editor
Robert G. Henderson .... supervising sound editor (as Robert Henderson)
Joseph A. Ippolito .... sound editor (as Joseph Ippolito)
Frank Jones .... sound re-recording mixer (as Frank W. Jones)
Lionel LaVallee .... boom operator (as Lionel Lavalee)
Alan Robert Murray .... supervising sound editor (as Alan Murray)
Michelle Pleis .... assistant sound editor
Hank Salerno .... supervising adr editor
James Simcik .... adr editor
Brooke Henderson Ward .... assistant sound editor (as Brooke Henderson-Ward)
Rosemarie Wheeler .... assistant adr editor
Marshall Winn .... sound editor
Bub Asman .... sound effects editor (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Russel Hessey .... special effects (as Russell Hessey)
 
Stunts
Clarke Coleman .... stunts
Buddy Joe Hooker .... stunt coordinator
Gregory J. Barnett .... stunts (uncredited)
K. Lee Johnson .... stunt performer (uncredited)
Monty Jordan .... stunt driver (uncredited)
Gene LeBell .... stunts (uncredited)
Pat Romano .... stunt rigger (uncredited)
Joseph Michael Roth .... stunts (uncredited)
Gayle Sherman .... stunt double (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Pat Blymyer .... gaffer
Bob Fillis .... assistant chief lighting technician
Antonio V. Garrido .... key grip (as Tony Garrido)
John R. Leonetti .... camera operator (as John Leonetti)
Christine M. Loss .... still photographer (as Christine Loss)
David L. Merrill .... dolly grip (as David Merrill)
Stephen J. Ullman .... second assistant camera (as Steve Ullman)
Michael D. Weldon .... first assistant camera (as Mike Weldon)
Carl Boles .... gaffer (uncredited)
Mike Bonnaud .... lamp operator (uncredited)
Bill Sheehan .... assistant camera (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Glenn Daniels .... casting
Ruth Lambert .... casting assistant
Douglas Wright .... casting coordinator (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Robert Iannaccone .... costume supervisor (as Bob Iannaccone)
Jeffrey La Joie .... costumer
Peggy Pemberton .... costume supervisor
Jack Spangler .... costumer
 
Editorial Department
Donah Bassett .... negative cutter
Jeff Gullo .... apprentice editor
Mark Stevens .... assistant film editor
 
Music Department
Mick Guzauski .... music score mixing
John La Salandra .... music editor (as John Lasalandra)
Virginia S. Ellsworth .... music editor (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Don Arnold .... transportation captain (as Don Arnold Sr.)
Tim Hill .... transportation coordinator
 
Other crew
Janis Benjamin .... production secretary (as Janice Banjamin)
Martin Cooper .... technical advisor (as Martin Cooper M.D.)
Sonny P. Filippini .... script supervisor (as Sonny Fillippini)
Laureen Majeske .... assistant production secretary
Andy Marx .... unit publicist
Anne Prager .... assistant: Mr. Seagal
Catherine Quinn .... assistant: Mr. Malmuth
Heather Reid .... production assistant
Richard Rosenberg .... location manager
Steven Seagal .... martial arts choreographer
Marjorie Sowsy .... assistant: Mr. Todman
Robin Vail .... assistant: Mr. Rachmil
Ron Weber .... craft service
Dianah Wynter .... assistant: Mr. Malmuth (as Diane Wynter)
Ray Zimmerman .... production accountant
Claire Baker .... script supervisor: second unit (uncredited)
 

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Runtime:
96 min
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Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
Steven Seagal and Kelly LeBrock were married at that time.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: The poker that the bad guy swings at Mason is a fake. The top of it flies off after the first swing.See more »
Quotes:
Mason Storm:We're outgunned, and undermanned. But you know sumpin'? We're gonna win. You know why? Superior attitude. Superior state of mind.See more »
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Soundtrack:
Mexican Hat DanceSee more »

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15 out of 23 people found the following review useful.
It's mildly entertaining, but one of Seagal's best. (* * * out of * * * *), 16 October 2005
Author: Frank Rizzo from United States

A thought came up to me as I was watching Hard to Kill (1990). After I watched the film, I was reminded of the Kill Bill movies, and I wondered if Hard to Kill's plot inspired Quentin Tarantino to make the series. It looks so. Both Hard to Kill, and the two Kill Bill movies are all revenge pictures, but with two very different characters. Both characters are shot dead and put into a coma, and both wake up several years later to exact revenge on their enemies. And while I prefer the bloody entertaining Kill Bill movies more, I will say that Hard to Kill is a mildly entertaining action flick.

The film stars Steven Seagal, who plays L.A. cop Mason Storm, who videotapes a mobster being contracted by thugs to kill someone. Storm can't get a clear image of the man who has hired the mobster, but recognizes the voice. But then Storm is caught, and a hit is put on him. More thugs are sent to his home, where they kill him and his wife and kid.

But there's a catch. Storm isn't quite dead, but in a coma, and after seven years, he wakes up in a hospital, where the thugs arrive to finish him off. How they manage to find out that he's alive and well is unknown to me. Storm manages to save himself and a cute nurse, Andy Stewart (Kelly LeBrock), and they decide to take shelter in Andy's cottage, where Storm heals himself by inserting fine needles into his skin, and practices his Aikido.

He soon realizes that a corrupt senator (William Sadler) put the hit on him, and he decides to take him down, along with a crooked cop (Andrew Bloch) who's involved in the scheme.

Seagal is effective here as the cop-turned-crusader, but his character is less convincing, than his Nico Toscani in his earlier feature film, Above the Law (1988). Perhaps, the best fight sequence happens at a liquor store robbery where Seagal takes on four thugs.

There are some strong performances, from the supporting actors. But Kelly LeBrock, who gets second billing, needed more in her role as the nurse, but it is quite obvious that she was placed into the film, because she was Seagal's wife at the time. We don't get to know much about her character, and we almost feel like she has a thankless role here.

William Sadler is hateful in his role as the corrupt senator and Frederick Coffin is convincing as Seagal's ex-partner who holds something dear to Seagal. Something I feel I should not reveal.

Hard to Kill is not up to par with the earlier Above the Law, or Under Siege (1992). Seagal's first two films were good efforts, but then he shifted down to less enjoyable roles in movies, that considered placing large amounts of graphic violence and martial arts combat into his movies, in order for them to become a big hits, like his later film, Marked for Death (1990).

Hard to Kill works as an entertainment (the martial arts sequences are convincing), in spite of its preposterous plotting (hero wakes up in a coma and defeats the bad guys). It's mildly entertaining, but compared to some of his worst efforts, it's one of Seagal's best.

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