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Marked for Death (1990)

A retired DEA agent is out to hunt down and take out a Jamaican drug posse that has targeted he and his family for murder.

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Max
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Charles
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Leslie
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Melissa
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Kate Hatcher
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Tracey
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Tito Barco
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Duvall
Victor Romero Evans ...
Nesta
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Monkey
Jeffrey Anderson-Gunter ...
Nago
Tony DiBenedetto ...
Jimmy Fingers
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Lt. Sal Roselli
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Storyline

Chicago DEA agent John Hatcher has just returned from Colombia, where his partner was killed in the line of duty by a drug dealer who has since been taken down. As a result of his partner's death, John has decided to retire, but his retirement may not be permanent. On the next day, after reuniting with his sister Melissa and Melissa's daughter Tracy, John gets into a shootout against a Jamaican drug kingpin known as Screwface, taking down some of Screwface's men. John brings himself out of retirement when Screwface retaliates by attempting to kill Melissa and Tracy. After the shooting, John is reunited with two old friends - a local high school football coach named Max, and a Jamaican Chicago cop named Charles. John and Max set out to hunt Screwface down, only to discover that Screwface has gone back to Jamaica. John and Max take Charles with them to Jamaica for an all out war against Screwface and his drug empire. Written by Todd Baldridge <sandib@eastky.com>

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drugs | jamaican | dea | jamaica | murder | See All (154) »

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He's a good cop. In a bad mood. See more »


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5 October 1990 (USA)  »

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$12,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$46,044,400 (USA)
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Trivia

Original script by Michael Grais and Mark Victor titled Screwface did had the same story and most of the characters but was still almost completely different than the final film, because of massive changes Steven Seagal made on the script and then still went and tried to claim how he came up with the story and wrote the entire script, but after his labor dispute and trial with the Writers Guild of America, they gave the writing credits to Grais and Victor. Some of the bigger differences between their original script and the movie are;

John Hatcher was originally called John Stefano and he and his family were Italians; instead of being a DEA agent John was free-lance trouble shooter working for various people on both sides of the law; he also had wife and a child who were killed while he was on one of his jobs; Screwface and his gang were also far more dangerous and vicious; originally in the script during the part where John and his friends attack Screwface's mansion in Jamaica they get captured and are brutally tortured for hours until they manage to break free and take out the first Screwface twin and his men; the ending fight between John and second Screwface twin was far more brutal and it took place in the warehouse belonging to Jamaican gang who were watching the entire fight until right at the moment where Screwface was ready to kill him John finally kills Screwface by shooting him in the head and in the body. See more »

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When John and Max are chasing the Jamaicans in the BMW through the park as the Jamaicans car jumps off the ground out of the park you can see a bunch of on lookers of people watching the scene being film, you can also see them when Johns car makes the jump out of the park. See more »

Quotes

Max: I love giving away all my possessions, it makes me feel real spiritual.
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Crazy Credits

The posse phenomenon is estimated to be a fraction of one percent of the Jamaican population and should not detract from their country or the contributions Jamaicans have made to this country. See more »


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No Justice
Performed and Written by Jimmy Cliff
Published by Lilbert Music
Courtesy of Cliff Sounds And Films
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One of Seagal's finest
22 July 2000 | by (london england) – See all my reviews

I cannot believe this film got such bad ratings as it is one of my favourite action flicks of all time. Marked for Death has Steven Seagal playing John Hatcher a cop whose out for revenge against a gang of Jamaican drug dealers. The film has some terrific action sequences and set pieces, example being the shopping centre fight which really showcases Seagal's talents. This has excellent pacing as well as good location shoots. The score for Marked for Death is amazing, suiting the film so well, giving it the right sinister kind of atmosphere. The voodoo elements were cool, Screwface has to be one of the best villains and the twist at the end is unexpected. The violence in the uncut version is some of the most brutally realistic you can find in a mainstream action flick, with Seagal snapping bones as if they were twigs. Be warned though, like most of Seagal's films, in the U.K Marked for Death was cut badly by the censors so nearly all of the bone breaking violence is now gone, leaving just a standard badly edited action film. If you want to see the real power of Marked for Death then you would be advised get your hands on the uncut versions somehow. The only minor flaw with this film is that the beginning in Mexico is a little ropey, but apart from that the only Seagal flick that Warner bros didn't make but Fox did, deserves a place next to Under Seige 2 as being one of my favourite Steven Seagal films.


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