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Hardware -- It's Christmas in the tech noir slum of the post-apocalyptic future, and a scrap-metal sculptor gets a present she'll never forget. Her scavenger boyfriend returns from the wastelands with the insectoid robot head of a killing machine.

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Director:
Writers:
Steve MacManus (story) and
Kevin O'Neill (story) ...
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Release Date:
14 September 1990 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
It activates it exhilarates... it exterminates See more »
Plot:
The head of a cyborg reactivates and rebuilds itself and goes on a violent rampage in a space marine's girlfriend's apartment. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
3 wins & 2 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
The Richard Stanley show See more (136 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Directed by
Richard Stanley 
 
Writing credits
Steve MacManus (story "SHOK!") and
Kevin O'Neill (story "SHOK!")

Richard Stanley (written by)

Michael Fallon (additional dialogue)

Produced by
Ray Corbett .... associate producer
Elizabeth Karlsen .... supervising producer
Nik Powell .... executive producer
JoAnne Sellar .... producer
Paul Trijbits .... producer
Bob Weinstein .... executive producer
Harvey Weinstein .... executive producer
Stephen Woolley .... executive producer
Trix Worrell .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Simon Boswell 
 
Cinematography by
Steven Chivers 
 
Film Editing by
Derek Trigg 
 
Casting by
Karen Lindsay-Stewart 
 
Production Design by
Joseph Bennett 
 
Art Direction by
Max Gottlieb 
 
Set Decoration by
Addi Cohen-Ziv  (as Addi Cohen-Zif)
 
Costume Design by
Michael Baldwin 
 
Makeup Department
Lisa Boni .... hair stylist
Lisa Boni .... makeup artist: Stacey Travis
Kirstin Chalmers .... make-up & hair designer
Shaune Harrison .... special makeup effects artist
Little John .... special makeup designer
Bob Keen .... makeup effects consultant
Tracey Lee .... makeup artist
William Petty .... makeup effects designer
John Schoonraad .... makeup effects mold designer
 
Production Management
Elizabeth Carlsen .... production supervisor
Stephen Earnhart .... post-production supervisor (as Steve Earnhart)
John Gavin .... post-production supervisor
Peter Holt .... post-production supervisor
Peter Spencer .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Ray Corbett .... first assistant director
Clem Nice .... assistant director: second unit
Lloyd Stanton .... third assistant director
Roger Thorpe .... second unit director
Patrick Tidy .... second assistant director
 
Art Department
Sarah Blunt .... property buyer
Michael Carlin .... construction manager
Chris Consall .... constructor
Christopher Cowsill .... carpenter
Matthew Davies .... constructor
Daz Edwards .... art department runner
Annie Gregson .... stand-by props
Barbara Herman-Skelding .... set dresser
Michael Houseman .... construction manager
Graham Humphreys .... conceptual designer
Graham Humphreys .... storyboard artist
Trudie McCallum .... assistant art director
Leon McCarthy .... art department assistant
Robert McFarlane .... graphic designer
Antoine Robert .... constructor
Peter Smith .... sculptor
Becky Tanner .... painter
Adrian Thatcher .... assistant art director
James Wadeson .... property master
Martin Weiss .... plasterer
 
Sound Department
Ronald Bailey .... second sound recordist (as Ron Bailey)
Ronald Bailey .... sound mixer
Michelle Baughi .... boom swinger
Mike Dowson .... sound mixer
Kate Hopkins .... sound effects designer
James Mather .... dialogue editor
Jonathan Miller .... sound effects designer
Tim Owens .... adr editor
Brian Saunders .... sound mixer
Joanne Stephens .... boom swinger
Mark Stevens .... special sound effects engineer
Marin Walker .... footsteps editor
 
Special Effects by
Paul Catling .... second unit special effects director
Paul Catling .... special robotics designer
Neal Champion .... floor special effects (as Neil Champion)
Chris Cunningham .... special robots technician
Jim Francis .... floor special effects
Matthew Horton .... floor special effects (as Matt Horton)
Barney Jeffrey .... special effects coordinator
Paul Jones .... special robotics technician
Dave Keen .... special robotics chief engineer (as David Keen)
Grant Mason .... special robotics technician
Stephen Norrington .... special robotics technician (as Steve Norrington)
Steve Patton .... floor special effects (as Steve Paton)
Bill Pearson .... floor special effects
Paul Spateri .... special robotics technician
Andrew Stone .... droid suit operator
Peter Stone .... droid suit operator
Jon Tucker-Bull .... special robotics assistant (as John Tucker-Bull)
 
Visual Effects by
Steven Begg .... matte artist (as Steven Beggs)
Robert Courtney .... model supervision stand-by carpenter
Neil Culley .... matte photography
Evan Davies .... computer graphics animation programmer
Alan Marques .... computer graphics consultant
James Pritch .... additional model maker
 
Stunts
Tim Condren .... stunt arranger (as Tim Condron)
Sarah Franzl .... stunt double: Stacey Travis
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Alan Beechy .... rigger
Bob Brock .... electrician (as Rob Brock)
Gerry Floyd .... additional photographer: second unit
Kenny Ingram .... rigger
David Lee .... gaffer
Hudd Levien .... assistant camera: second unit
Tim Maurice-Jones .... camera operator
Rick Morgan .... rigger
Paul Nash .... focus puller (as Paul Grech-Ellul)
John O'Donnell .... video operator
John Parker-Rees .... assistant camera
Rob Pye .... electrician
Donul Rodan .... video operator
Andy Shuttleworth .... Steadicam operator
Kate Stark .... clapper loader
Rob Stewart .... electrician
Rob Stewart .... lighting technician
Karl Watkins .... lighting camera operator: second unit
Jay Williams .... grip
John Williams .... electrician
Clive Wise .... rigger
 
Casting Department
Betsy Fels .... casting: USA
Cynthia Lole .... extras casting
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Chris Loizou .... wardrobe supervisor
 
Editorial Department
Wendy Edgar-Jones .... second assistant editor (as Wendy Edgar)
Edward Marnier .... assembly editor
Gabrielle McNamara .... post-production trainee
 
Music Department
Ian Hierons .... music supervisor
 
Transportation Department
Gillon Jacoby .... driver
Richard Mason .... driver
 
Other crew
Polly Beaumont .... assistant to producer
Lesley Broderick .... production accountant (as Leslie Broderick)
Maggie Choyce .... script supervisor
Francesca Cicci .... production secretary
Robin Coe .... floor runner
Michael Garland .... post-production accountant
David Golden .... floor runner
Mark Lucas .... production runner
Katy McGuiness .... legal advisor
Gerald McMorrow .... floor runner
Anthony Morland .... production runner
Bo Shaw .... production assistant
Dom Shaw .... location manager
Andrew Stone .... operator
 
Thanks
Nicky Bell .... special thanks
Immo Horn .... special thanks
 

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MPAA:
Rated R for strong violence, sexuality and language (edited for re-rating)
Runtime:
94 min
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1.85 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Argentina:18 | Australia:R | Canada:R (Ontario) | Canada:18+ (Quebec) | Canada:13+ (Quebec) | France:-12 | Germany:18 | Iceland:16 | New Zealand:R16 (MGM channel rating) | New Zealand:R18 (original rating) | Norway:18 | Spain:18 | Sweden:15 | UK:18 | USA:R (edited for re-rating) | USA:X (original rating)
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
Fields of Nephilim (Carl McCoy's band) was in talks to contribute to the film's soundtrack. This didn't happen since the production company, Palace Pictures, was tied in with Virgin. They preferred the soundtrack to be made by 'in-house' artists.See more »
Goofs:
Crew or equipment visible: After Jill attacks it with the buzz-saw, the Mark 13 steps back: if you look closely, you can see the legs of the man underneath the droid suit. The same thing can be seen towards the end as Jill and the robot are entering the bathroom.See more »
Quotes:
Nomad:Where's the little man?See more »
Movie Connections:
Soundtrack:
StigmataSee more »

FAQ

Is the us r-rated version uncut?
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43 out of 56 people found the following review useful.
The Richard Stanley show, 25 June 2005
Author: jbarnett76 from United Kingdom

I must admit I am a huge fan of this under-estimated, enigmatic South African director.

Like his magnificent masterpiece, Dust Devil, Hardware deals with similar themes - the desert, the Old Testament, and sexual violence.

I first saw this movie many years ago when still basically a kid before I went to film school and certain sequences have stayed with me forever.

Watching it again in 2005 the movie seems a little dated or rather post-rock video in places, but when it was made in 1990, this was all cutting-edge stuff. I am not giving anything away by saying that the plot is in many ways a re-working of The Terminator or Alien, when Dylan McDermott gives his girlfriend Jill (played by Stacey Travis)what he thinks is a load of unusual scrap metal salvaged from the desert. She is an artist and welds these robot parts to a sculpture she is making...

This is an extremely visceral movie, laced with religious iconography (mark-13 often adopts crucifixion poses and in the shower scene at the end, appears to be in a prayer position) and boosted by an extremely eclectic and unusual cast. Motorhead singer Lemmy crops up playing a sort of ferryman, Iggy Pop plays DJ Angry Bob, and John Lynch is excellent as my favourite character from this film, Shades.

The narrative is essentially straight-forward but what makes this movie different and memorable is Stanley's vision. The mise-en-scene is bleached red (post-appocalypse), the use of montage is often extremely effective and nightmarish and I was frequently reminded when watching it of Renaissence paintings, just in glimpses here and there (hell, maybe that's just me..!) There is also some American comment in this movie; mark-13 is adorned with a stars-and-stripes, and the deadly toxin it employs is described as 'smelling like apple pie'. This of course is akin to Dust Devil, where the demon is simply called 'Texas' by Wendy.

So, to conclude, if you haven't seen this movie or heard of this director before I urge you to seek him out. Anyone with a love for avant-garde and challenging cinema (like me) should have heard of this guy (proper auteur by the way) and his thematically-consistent visions.

This is still a fine film but probably hasn't aged as well as it might have done - it's strength is that it is far more complex than it first appears to be.

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