Marked for Death (1990)

R  |   |  Action, Adventure, Crime  |  5 October 1990 (USA)
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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... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Kate Hatcher
Al Israel ...
Tito Barco
Victor Romero Evans ...
Jeffrey Anderson-Gunter ...
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Jimmy Fingers
Lt. Sal Roselli


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 <>

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


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Release Date:

5 October 1990 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Screwface  »

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Box Office


$12,000,000 (estimated)


$46,044,400 (USA)

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Sound Mix:

(4 channels)


Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Steven Seagal's first film released by a studio other than Warner Brothers. See more »


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 »


Max: Well?
John Hatcher: One thought he was invincible... the other thought he could fly.
Max: So?
John Hatcher: They were both wrong.
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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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They sure as hell don't make em like this any more....xXx2 anyone?
1 November 2005 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

First off, Seagal rules. I don't care what anyone says. He is the greatest American action star (well in his early films at least) and marked for death portrays him at his brutal bone snapping best.

This is one of the fastest films i have ever watched, not only is it never boring but it is constantly entertaining. Seagal slays lots of hapless goons right from the off and manages to act well in the non action scenes. But thats what its about ACTION. No it never won any awards, of course not its an ACTION film. Screw kill bill no one serves up a bit of revenge like Seagal.

You know the plot.........find it elsewhere thats not important he and his family are MARKED FOR DEATH. Of course Seagal cannot have this so he goes and kills a lot of people. Not original but who actually cares? The Jamaican view provides interest,and there's a good twist near the end. The ending itself is excellent, ending much more openly than the average action fest.

Seagal is on top form as always, Keith David is good as his friend, Basil Wallace justly insane as Screwface and Tom Wright is likable as the Jamaican sidekick. Overall more should see this film, but the American version mind, UK one is heavily cut.

Warning: this film is full of extreme violence. If you do not enjoy peoples arms and backs being broken, eyes being gouged out, hands chopped off, people being shot left right and centre the you will not enjoy this film. And thats just what I'm looking for!

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