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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
John Capodice ...
Pooley (as Luis Guzman)
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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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The male supermodel Fabio is briefly seen helping people out of the night club the first time the Party Crasher hits a club at the beginning of the movie. See more »


Nick's People's Choice Award breaks in two when he throws it at the TV. When Angie picks it up, it's intact. 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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Referenced in Community: Advanced Criminal Law (2009) See more »


Runaround Sue
Written by Ernie Maresca (as Ernest Maresca) and Dion DiMucci
Performed by Dion DiMucci (as Dion)
Courtesy of Continental Communications Corp.
Licensed through Celebrity Licensing, Inc.
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"Do you notice anything different about our car?"
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Entertaining mix of action and comedy, at least for the first two-thirds of its length. Then there are some rather overextended action sequences and the film loses some of its comic edge. Still, the acting is first-rate all around, with Fox and Woods offering many laughs when the script gives them the chance, and Stephen Lang a highly enjoyable, totally loony villain. (**1/2)

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