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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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Party Crasher
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Susan
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Grainy
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Pooley (as Luis Guzman)
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Billy
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China
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Captain Brix
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Witherspoon
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Angie
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Pizza Waitress
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Storyline

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

Also Known As:

Duro de aguantar  »

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$25,895,485 (USA)
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

When Susan is knocked onto the large cigarette on the "Smoking Gunn II" billboard, the safety wire is visible. 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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Spoofs Midnight Cowboy (1969) See more »

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This Neighborhood
Written by Simon Stokes, Chris Pinnick
Performed by Simon Stokes
Courtesy of Kook 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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