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 ...
Tony DiBenedetto ...
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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They've attacked his family. They've killed his partner. They've made the wrong guy very, very angry. Now, Steven Segal is... 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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(4 channels)


Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The back cover of the DVD release features a screen capture from the James Bond movie Licence to Kill (1989), featuring a semi performing a wheelie through the burning remains of a second semi. Obviously this scene is not in the movie, and it is made even more odd by the fact that this movie is a 20th Century Fox release while Licence to Kill is an MGM release. See more »


Supposedly set in Chicago, features hills and palm trees. See more »


Screwface: Hey, where Nesta man?
Nago: [whispers in his ear] Nesta and Jimmy Fingers are dead at the hotel.
Screwface: Nesta dead. Who do it, the white boy, Hatcher.
[Nago nodes head]
Screwface: [Screwface throws table up and hits gang member with table leg]
Screwface: I want Hatcher dead. I want his family dead. If you can't kill him, I go kill him. Then I'm gonna kill you.
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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 »


Referenced in Workaholics: Miss BS (2014) See more »


John Crow
Performed by Jimmy Cliff, Steven Seagal and the Oneness Band
Written by Jimmy Cliff and Steven Seagal
Published by Steamroller Music/Lilbert Music
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Cartoonish and silly but still enjoyable and lots of fun
7 December 2004 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This movie is really dumb but it's full of belly laughs. The silliest part is the fact that Seagal has a black sidekick, played by David Keith, which I guess was implemented to make the movie seem more politically correct since our hero mangles or kills countless Jamaicans. Later in the film the duo enlists the help of a Jamaican cop who's supposedly obsessed with nailing Screwface-the film's antagonist who is the ruthless leader of a drug dealing posse around which the plot is set. The action is silly and the fight scenes are funny. In this movie Seagal manages not only to shoot, but also to decapitate, to impale, to gouge the eyes of, to sever a hand of, and to break an arm and a leg of several different bad guys. I know that this sounds gruesome, but the villains always seem to be asking for it so you'll end up cheering or laughing.

Like all low-budget action flicks, this movie is plagued by some serious continuity errors. My favorite such error is in the car chase with the Ram Charger and the BMW that supposedly takes place in Chicago but was filmed in Los Angeles. To be exact, the scene where the BMW jumps on the sidewalk was filmed on the Chapman Plaza which is located on 6th Street between Alexandria and Kenmore, just North of the Equitable building. I lived in that area from 1990 to 1995 and recognized the site right away. What really gives it away though is the clearly evident tall palm trees that are all over Korea Town. I don't know, maybe it started snowing in Chicago or something and the producers did their best to avoid an in-your-face continuity error.

This movie is great if you like old-school 80's action (don't get me wrong, but 1990 is still the last year of the 80's decade). It thrills, it excites, and it will definitely make you want to sign up for martial arts lessons or go beat up your younger brother, despite your age. If you're looking for drama then watch the soaps, but if you want the best of Steven Seagal, then go rent this film.

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