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Hard Target (1993)

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A woman hires a drifter as her guide through New Orleans in search of her father, who has gone missing. They discover a deadly game of cat and mouse behind his disappearance in the process.

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Storyline

Natasha Binder comes to New Orleans looking for her father, who has gone missing. In doing so, she meets a very hard man called Chance. He helps her find out that her father was killed by an organisation who sell the opportunity to hunt human prey. They are taking advantage of a police strike in New Orleans. Will the Muscles from Brussels win through? Written by John Hartnup <hartnupj@cs.aston.ac.uk>

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Catch him if you can. See more »

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Rated R for a great amount of strong violence, and for language | See all certifications »

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20 August 1993 (USA)  »

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Budget:

$18,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$32,534,954 (USA)
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Trivia

After the domestic and international box office success of Hard Target, Universal Pictures, production company Alphaville(producers Jim Jacks and Sean Daniel), star Jean-Claude Van Damme and director John Woo briefly considered re-teaming for another action/thriller to be titled "Shadow of Death". However, due to the difficult relationship between Van Damme and Woo, the project never materialized. See more »

Goofs

When Chance blows the dust off his shotgun, the positions of the gun and his hands change between camera angles. See more »

Quotes

Emil Fouchon: You're not angry at me, are you, Pik?
Pik van Cleef: I don't get angry.
[holds up his shotgun]
Pik van Cleef: I'm a professional.
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Guns, blood, Woo, Van Damme, oh my!!
3 October 1999 | by (Alletown, PA) – See all my reviews

This is basically raw John Woo: bullets flying, fire blazing, good guys, bad guys, this movie has the whole ball of wax! In Woo's 1st American flick, Jean Claude Van Damme high-kicks and shoots as many baddies as he can trying to find the killers of the father of Yancer Butler's character right in the heart of the deep South.



Van Damme is as physically fit as ever. He sports a Kurt Russel-style hairdo in this movie, but his voice is as incoherent as always! His Belgium accent was really "hard" to understand, and it got to my nerves throughout the whole film!!

But, he busts up the good guys with real finesse. Arnold Vosloo and Lance Henrikson also light up the screen with their sleazy yet very believeable villain performances. The fight and shootout scenes in this film are amazing. Watching "Hard Target" was really a great experience, and it was worth the $2.10 rental! Watch the gunfight behind the wall between Van Damme and Vosloo. It might remind you of a good "Face/Off"!!


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