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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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Party Crasher
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Susan
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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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Bonnie
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Newsman
Sophie Maletsky ...
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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Director of photography Robert Primes was fired halfway through filming by director John Badham and replaced by Donald McAlpine. Badham thought Primes was working too slowly; he had similar complaints during the filming of Bird on a Wire (1990), their previous (and first) movie together. See more »

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When Susan is knocked onto the large cigarette on the "Smoking Gunn II" billboard, the safety wire is visible. See more »

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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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References Dick Tracy (1990) See more »

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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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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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