MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 740 this week

The Hard Way (1991)

 -  Action | Comedy | Crime  -  8 March 1991 (USA)
6.3
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.3/10 from 12,414 users  
Reviews: 54 user | 22 critic

An action film star researching a role is allowed to tag along with a hardboiled New York cop, who finds him superficial and irritating.

Director:

Writers:

(story), (story), 2 more credits »
Watch Trailer
0Check in
0Share...

Watch Now

From $2.99 on Amazon Instant Video

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 23 titles
created 26 Aug 2011
 
a list of 48 titles
created 05 Sep 2012
 
a list of 40 titles
created 15 Jan 2013
 
a list of 25 titles
created 15 Jul 2013
 
a list of 30 titles
created 2 months ago
 

Related Items

Search for "The Hard Way" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: The Hard Way (1991)

The Hard Way (1991) on IMDb 6.3/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of The Hard Way.
1 nomination. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Action | Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

An LA detective is murdered because she has microfilm with the recipe to make cocaine cookies. A "Lethal Weapon" style cop team tries to find and stop the fiends before they can dope the ... See full summary »

Director: Gene Quintano
Stars: Emilio Estevez, Samuel L. Jackson, Jon Lovitz
K-9 (1989)
Action | Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

To stop an elusive criminal, a maverick detective enlists the aid of a police dog who's an unusually intelligent smart alec.

Director: Rod Daniel
Stars: James Belushi, Mel Harris, Kevin Tighe
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

In 1927, in Kingdom County, Vermont, a large dam is to be built; however, Noel Lord, a logger and cedar-oil harvester, won't give up his lifetime lease on land that will be flooded. The dam... See full summary »

Director: Jay Craven
Stars: Rip Torn, Tantoo Cardinal, Bill Raymond
Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Two streetwise cops bust criminals in their red-and-white Ford Torino with the help of police snitch called Huggy Bear.

Director: Todd Phillips
Stars: Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson, Snoop Dogg
Action | Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Frank Drebin comes out of retirement to help Police Squad infiltrate a gang of terrorists planning to detonate a bomb at the Academy Awards.

Director: Peter Segal
Stars: Leslie Nielsen, Priscilla Presley, George Kennedy
RED (2010)
Action | Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

When his peaceful life is threatened by a high-tech assassin, former black-ops agent Frank Moses reassembles his old team in a last ditch effort to survive and uncover his assailants.

Director: Robert Schwentke
Stars: Bruce Willis, Helen Mirren, Morgan Freeman
Action | Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

An FBI agent must go undercover in the Miss United States beauty pageant to prevent a group from bombing the event.

Director: Donald Petrie
Stars: Sandra Bullock, Michael Caine, Benjamin Bratt
Formula 51 (2001)
Action | Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

An American master chemist plans to score big on a once in a lifetime drug deal. All does not go as planned and he is soon entangled in a web of deceit.

Director: Ronny Yu
Stars: Samuel L. Jackson, Robert Carlyle, Emily Mortimer
Taxi I (1998)
Action | Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

To work off his tarnished driving record, a hip taxi driver must chauffeur a loser police inspector on the trail of German bank robbers.

Director: Gérard Pirès
Stars: Samy Naceri, Frédéric Diefenthal, Marion Cotillard
Action | Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Two mismatched New York City detectives seize an opportunity to step up like the city's top cops whom they idolize -- only things don't quite go as planned.

Director: Adam McKay
Stars: Will Ferrell, Mark Wahlberg, Derek Jeter
Showtime (2002)
Action | Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

A spoof of buddy cop movies where two very different cops are forced to team up on a new reality based T.V. cop show.

Director: Tom Dey
Stars: Robert De Niro, Eddie Murphy, Rene Russo
Cop Out (2010)
Action | Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

A comedy about a veteran NYPD cop whose rare baseball card is stolen. Since it's his only hope to pay for his daughter's upcoming wedding, he recruits his partner to track down the thief, a memorabilia-obsessed gangster.

Director: Kevin Smith
Stars: Bruce Willis, Tracy Morgan, Juan Carlos Hernández
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
...
Party Crasher
...
Susan
...
Detective Grainy, NYPD
...
Detective Benny Pooley, NYPD (as Luis Guzman)
...
Detective Billy, NYPD
...
Detective China, NYPD
...
Captain Brix, NYPD
...
Witherspoon, Gun Dealer
...
Angie, Nick's Agent
...
Bonnie
George Cheung ...
Drug Dealer
Frank Geraci ...
Newsman
Sophie Maletsky ...
Pizza Waitress
Edit

Storyline

Nick Lang is a famous actor, well know for his action movies. For the next film he needs the proper motivation and inspiration for his roll. Thus he teams up with the reluctant N.Y. cop 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 cold-blooded murderer. Written by Mattias Pettersson <seaman@sbbs.se>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Michael J. Fox as Hollywood's most spoiled Movie star: James Woods as New York's angriest cop. See more »

Genres:

Action | Comedy | Crime

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

8 March 1991 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Auf die harte Tour  »

Box Office

Gross:

$25,895,485 (USA)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

During the club scene where The Party Crasher makes his first on screen kill, the song "Momma Said Knock You Out" is playing in the background. This was LL Cool J's hit single at the time, and he also features as one of James Woods' NYPD partners in the film. See more »

Goofs

Roll bars are visible as the police car overturns near the end of the movie. 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.
See more »

Connections

Referenced in Film Geek (2005) See more »

Soundtracks

Theme from The Today Show
aka Mission Theme
Composed and conducted by John Williams
Courtesy of National Broadcasting Co., Inc
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
A Surprisingly Good Comedy...
6 December 2002 | by (UK) – See all my reviews

"The Hard Way" stars Michael J. Fox as Nick Lang/Ray Casanov -- a big-time film star who is good-natured and eager to follow around real-life Detective Lt. John Moss, NYPD, played by James Woods.

When I first saw previews for this film, I thought I knew what it would be: another clichéd film, involving a snobby film star getting teamed with a cop who hates him. I was wrong.

This film, in a way, blew me out of the water, because when I viewed the film I realized that Michael J. Fox's character was not snobby, nor ignorant. He was more-or-less run by Hollywood, instead of vice versa. He is what you would call, simply put, innocent. Not in a holy context like we are used to when we hear that word in films these days, but almost like an innocent child. He really can't wait to watch, hear and learn from John Moss. Granted, he does usually mess up Moss' assignments, but not from ignorance or not caring. He messes up the assignments trying to help Woods and learn…

Woods, on the other hand, is partly what I expected, yet better. He fits into his character perfectly and plays it with such sickness towards Fox's character, that you sometimes feel like yelling at the guy for being such a jerk. I have always liked James Woods' performances in films. He just fits into his certain 'trademark' characters.

Unfortunately, the end of the film seems to stain the rest of the film's surprises, and slip into our average cop-buddy comedy, with a ridiculous climax. Luckily the very, very end of the film is slightly predictable, but Woods' outlook on Fox, while he respects him more, still hasn't changed a whole lot. He still doesn't really like the guy as a friend, but almost puts up with him because of what he did for Woods. It's a bit hard to explain, especially without throwing away the ending, but when you see it, you'll understand.

So, with that in mind, the very end of the film redeems the short five minutes or so of Hollywood cop-buddy film clichés.

'The Hard Way' was a major surprise for me, and turned out to be a very enjoyable comedy. I wouldn't really classify it in the 'cop-buddy' genre. It's too unpredictable (to a certain degree) and enjoyable.


19 of 22 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Who thought the party crasher was good. pkjoker
favorite line Brynnda
Frogdog markladds
Funny movie jeessse
Why rated R? dhw377-1
Oh, look at the love boat. kenneth6433
Discuss The Hard Way (1991) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?