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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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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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96 min
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Trivia:
Was filmed with the title "Seven Year Storm" and publicized in several trade magazines with that name. Warner Bros. decided to re title the finished pic "Hard to Kill" to make it sound more like a slam-bang action film.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: As she sits down to her desk, Andy says "It's 6AM. Morning Martha." The scene immediately cuts to Andy back up from her desk continuing to speak while walking toward Martha. During the whole walk the wall clock behind Martha's seat shows 5:50.See more »
Quotes:
Mason Storm:You give me this beard.
Andy Stewart:Yeah.
[both start laughing]
Andy Stewart:Well, you tried.
[Mason starts laughing and Andy looks at him]
Mason Storm:You ever been to China town.
Andy Stewart:Yeah, why?
Mason Storm:These are just some needles and herbs for my recovery.
Andy Stewart:Wow, how did you learn to write in Chinese.
Mason Storm:Well, when I was kid. My father was a missionary. I spent the first 10 years of my life in China. There, I learned how to fight as you could imagine. I remember going to my martial arts teacher.
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10 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
Steven Seagal truly is "hard to kill", 21 May 2006
Author: dee.reid from United States

Steven Seagal, whether you love him or loathe him, he's the martial arts action hero that just won't go away. That's partially the premise of "Hard to Kill," the 1990 vehicle obviously meant to throw the pony-tailed, then-sixth-degree Aikido black belt into the action foray with Schwarzenegger, Stallone and Norris, but missed a few steps along the way and it would be another two years after when Seagal would find success in 1992's "Under Siege."

It's true that Seagal has yet to make a perfect film in his thoroughly uneven and distinguished career, but "Hard to Kill" certainly ranks as one of his best and one of my personal favorite pictures of the actor. Two years after breaking and busting the heads of corrupt CIA agents as Nico Toscani in his electrifying 1988 debut "Above the Law," Seagal returns not as the pony-tailed Toscani but as Mason Storm, the most unstoppable cop SOB that ever lived.

After getting home movie footage of an aspiring political candidate (Bill Sadler) conspiring with shadowy underworld types on tape, Storm is tracked down by corrupt cops and nameless and faceless goons and they shotgun the unstoppable SOB into a seven-year coma while also wiping out his wife and young son. O'Malley (Frederick Coffin), Storm's dedicated Internal Affairs friend, whisks him away into a coma-care unit under the assumed name of "John Doe."

Seven years later, Storm awakens and with the help of gorgeous nurse Andy Stewart (Seagal's then real-life, lovestruck wife Kelly Le Brock, who manages to catch peaks at our hero's anatomy), he trains intensely to regain his strength using the Oriental healing arts, renews his Aikido skills, and sharpens his eyes with that good ol' police-issue. All this culminating in some very nasty, neck-breaking, arm-twisting action.

As somewhat mis-directed by Bruce Malmuth and written by Steven McKay, "Hard to Kill" is undoubtedly one of the actor's most competently skilled performances because he's able to rise above the average material and make it his own. The problem may be with Seagal though. He snaps a few wrists and what's this? - he throws out one-liners - most of which are quite corny and fall flat on their face and simply put aren't Seagal's strong points. His strengths are in the arm-snapping and finger-breaking.

But still, Seagal's fists of fury are at their best (because that's what he does best) because this time around, he's mad and it's wise to not get characters played by Steven Seagal mad. Pretty soon after Storm has regained his skills and strength, the corrupt cops and goons that put him into his coma come back to finish the job. And this time, he's ready.

The action begins to pick up about half-way through and from there on in it's non-stop, which is true Seagal fashion, if you get my drift. But with "Hard to Kill," it's the seven-year Storm, and there's no letting up.

6/10

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