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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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Party Crasher
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Susan
John Capodice ...
Detective Grainy, NYPD
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Detective Benny Pooley, NYPD (as Luis Guzman)
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Detective Billy, NYPD
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Detective China, NYPD
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Captain Brix, NYPD
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Witherspoon, Gun Dealer
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Angie, Nick's Agent
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Bonnie
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Drug Dealer
Frank Geraci ...
Newsman
Sophie Maletsky ...
Pizza Waitress
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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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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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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 »

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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 North by Northwest (1959) See more »

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El Milloncito
Written by Cuco Valoy and Jose Pena Suazo
Performed by Cuco Valoy
Courtesy of Kubaney Records
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A damn entertaining action-comedy.
5 August 2013 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

The buddy-cop action movie certainly has been a staple in cinema for a while now. And the makers of this film know that the success lies in a successful clash of well-defined personalities. That's the appeal of this long, loud, silly, over the top, but very fun slick picture from mainstream action specialist John Badham ("Stakeout", etc.). It's got some hilarious lines (the script is by Daniel Pyne and Lem Dobbs, based on a story by Dobbs and Michael Kozoll) perfectly delivered by its well cast stars.

James Woods is John Moss, a hard charging, volatile NYC detective hot on the trail of utterly deranged serial killer The Party Crasher (Stephen Lang), who kills innocent children and lowlife criminals with equal fervor. The already ill-tempered Moss has his patience tested even further when he's ordered to chaperone a spoiled-brat Hollywood star, Nick Lang (Michael J. Fox), who wants to do research for a role he covets and has decided that Moss will provide the perfect inspiration.

The high strung Woods and the endearingly annoying Fox are an ideal pairing; they're both perfectly cast. They're supported by a rich lineup of top character players. Annabella Sciorra is absolutely lovely as Moss' frustrated potential girlfriend. Lang is a riot as the unhinged villain; wait until you get a load of the kinds of things he does. Delroy Lindo is Moss' starstruck boss, and Luis Guzman, LL Cool J, Mary Mara and John Capodice play his colleagues. A young Christina Ricci is amusing as Sciorra's daughter. Penny Marshall has a fun cameo as Langs' agent.

As Nick notices, Moss is a very quotable guy, such as when he's lecturing the naive Nick on what being a *real* cop is like. "We don't get 17 takes to get it right!" But it's also a hoot to see a pampered, naive person like Nick get plunged into the realities of life on the streets of NYC. Another of the highlights is when Nick insists on playing the part of Susan as he attempts to tell Moss what he's doing wrong with his lady.

It all culminates in one of those great movie moments where our heroes are doing battle with the psycho on an enormous replication of Nick's head and hand, created to advertise his latest film vehicle.

Highly recommended to action-comedy fans.

Eight out of 10.


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