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The Hard Way (1991)

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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
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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 <>

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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  »

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$25,895,485 (USA)

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[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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Woods and Fox make it worthwhile
10 January 2002 | by See all my reviews

Truth be known this would be a fairly average action comedy if it wasn't for the performances of James Woods and Micheal J.Fox, both of whom are perfectly cast here. Woods plays detective John Moss, a hard boiled cop who's trying to catch a killer known as the party crasher. Fox plays film star Nick Lang, who wants to play the part of a police officer in an upcoming film. After seeing Moss being interviewed on the news, Lang feels that if he were to hang around with him and get to known what motivates him, what makes him tick etc then he would be well prepared to audition for the part. So Lang arranges to be Moss's partner. However, Moss isn't so keen on the idea as he still has his sights set on catching the party crasher(cue a series of highly amusing interactions between Woods and Fox).So with Lang as his new partner, Moss continues his investigation on the party crasher. Out of the two, Woods takes the acting honours, as his John Moss character is by far the more entertaining. I read somewhere that this film didn't do so well at the box office, which is a real shame given the performances of it's leading stars.

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