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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
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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:
Beautifully filmed sci-fi masterpiece See more (132 total) »

Cast

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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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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:
The hair stylist was also the person who worked with and designed the distinctive 'big hair' look for singer Howard Jones in the 1980s.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When the droid rebuilds itself, it picks up a circular saw. When it uses that circular saw as a weapon later, it is completely different design, with an all different cutting disk.See more »
Quotes:
Angry Bob:[on radio] Kill! Kill! Kill! Today's death count is 578.See more »
Movie Connections:
Featured in In the Belly of the Beast (2001)See more »
Soundtrack:
The Order of DeathSee more »

FAQ

Is the us r-rated version uncut?
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12 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
Beautifully filmed sci-fi masterpiece, 28 July 2002
Author: cyndrix from Atlanta

Those judging Hardware using the same criteria for judging major Hollywood sci-fi films are missing the point entirely.

Hardware is much more an art film than it is science fiction; it merely happens to have a sci-fi theme.

Given, the plot is a little cheesy. Given, the situation fairly unbelievable. And given, there are a few holes in the story.

Almost no film has all of these elements, but Hardware has something even more important. The way the story is told is nothing short of genius. Perhaps not in the way the happenings actually unfold, but in how they are presented. Hardware is an astounding achievement in lighting, cinematography, and audio engineering. As a professional video editor myself, I can assure you that this movie benefits from an A+ editing job.

I completely agree that there are only 2 types of people: those who love Hardware, and those who simply do not get it.

From the first frame of video, this movie is a constant barrage on the eyes, ears, and mind. If nothing else, you must admire the bleak vision of a post-nuclear holocaust America presented in Hardware. Images ranging from billowing smoke stacks and butchers in apartment lobbies to toddlers physically tied to their dead parents, Stanley paints a haunting vision of the future that will not be forgotten after you press stop.

Hardware is not what you would expect to come out of Hollywood. It is what you would expect a pure artist to create. Perhaps it is better suited to fans of independent film than just sci-fi fans. Films like Terminator and Aliens might be regarded as much better sci-fi work, but I assure you that they can't touch the riskiness and edginess of Hardware in how they are presented. That is why you hear casual moviegoers complaining about this movie. For pure fans of the art behind film making, sci-fi just doesn't get any better than Hardware.

It should be noted that the excellent score does much to augment the visuals in this film. It's criminal that nobody has seen it necessary to print Hardware on DVD as I would love to experience it in Dolby 5.1.

As a final note, Hardware may not be a film everyone will enjoy. Even if you don't like it, you will become a more enlightened viewer if you can at least identify why this is such a courageous film and how it differs from the Hollywood fodder you are probably used to.

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