The Hard Way (1991)

R  |   |  Action, Comedy, Crime  |  8 March 1991 (USA)
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An action movie star researching a role is allowed to tag along with a hardboiled New York policeman, who finds him superficial and irritating.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Party Crasher
John Capodice ...
Pooley (as Luis Guzman)
Captain Brix
Drug Dealer
Frank Geraci ...
Sophie Maletsky ...
Pizza Waitress


Nick Lang is a famous Hollywood actor, well known for his action movies. For his next movie, he needs the proper motivation and inspiration for his role. Thus he teams up with the reluctant New York policeman Lt. John Moss. Not only does he have to put up with Nick, who is laborious and out of touch with realities, but he also has to catch a coldblooded murderer. Written by Mattias Pettersson <>

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Michael J. Fox as Hollywood's most spoiled movie star: James Woods as New York's angriest cop. See more »


Action | Comedy | Crime

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Rated R for strong language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

8 March 1991 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Duro de aguantar  »

Box Office


$25,895,485 (USA)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The film was originally slated to shoot for 16 weeks, but was reduced to 13 because producer/second unit director Rob Cohen was shooting at the same time as John Badham in different locations to save more time and money. See more »


The opening chase scene from the nightclub starts on West 46th Street in midtown Manhattan, then quickly shows cars turning off of Pearl Street in lower Manhattan. See more »


[first lines]
Operator: 9-1-1 Emergency.
Party Crasher: Hello there! It's me - again! Well, what can I say? I'm about to crash another party.
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This Neighborhood
Written by Simon Stokes, Chris Pinnick
Performed by Simon Stokes
Courtesy of Kook Records
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James Woods
28 December 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

One of my favorite movies of all time,, this one has everything for me,James Woods, steals the show, with all of his wise- cracking, one liners,, Michael J. Fox wasn't bad either,, LL COOL J is in it,, along with Delroy Lindo in supporting roles,, this movie is about an actor who wants to play a cop in one of his upcoming movies,, so he is assigned to do a ride along program with one of new York's toughest detectives,, all the while that this is happening,, there is a crime spree going in,, this crime has a name and it is the PartyCrasher, this villain, is really heinous, vile , and disgusting,, perfect for NYC. all in all I can't remember a funnier cop movie in quite awhile,, I really coulnt' find anything wrong with this movie at all,, would recommend to anyone who likes to laugh.

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