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The Hard Way (1991)

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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Pooley (as Luis Guzman)
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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 <seaman@sbbs.se>

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There's only one way these two are going to get along... the Hard Way. See more »

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Action | Comedy | Crime

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Rated R for strong language | See all certifications »

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8 March 1991 (USA)  »

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Duro de aguantar  »

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$25,895,485 (USA)
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Trivia

The last movie to feature the 75th Anniversary variant of the 1990 Universal Studios logo. Every other feature from Universal after this movie, up until McHale's Navy (1997) used a short variant. See more »

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When Nick is hanging off the "Smoking Gunn II" billboard by a rope, in one shot you can clearly see that he is actually wearing a rappelling harness. See more »

Quotes

[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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References Midnight Cowboy (1969) See more »

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La Mare A (Karnaval)
Written by Tabou Combo
Performed by Cuco Valoy
Courtesy of Kubaney Records
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It's "The Odd Couple" meets "Dirty Harry" head-on.
25 April 2001 | by (Sauk City, Wisconsin) – See all my reviews

Wildly violent, but hilarious comedy about a showboat-like Hollywood action star (Michael J. Fox) who in order to prepare for his next film, comes to the Big Apple and tags along with a hard-boiled police detective (James Woods) who is desperately determined to nab a notorious killer dubbed "The Party Crasher" (Stephen Lang) despite nearly getting himself killed in the process. Fox and Woods certainly make an interesting comedy team. There's no way that this movie could without the presence of a seriously funny actor like Woods to be included in the film. The film has a few great moments including one where the Woods character impolitely asks the captain (Delroy Lindo) to get the Fox character off his back and the film's climax is exciting and makes a great reference to "North by Northwest". It's the "The Odd Couple" meets "Dirty Harry" head-on.


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