Hard Target (1993)

R  |   |  Action, Thriller  |  20 August 1993 (USA)
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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Chuck Pfarrer ...
Robert Apisa ...
Mr. Lopacki (as Bob Apisa)
Douglas Rye ...
Frick (as Douglas Forsythe Rye)
Mike Leinert ...
Frack (as Michael D. Leinert)
Elijah Roper (as Willie Carpenter)
Barbara Tasker ...
Randy Cheramie ...
Eliott Keener ...


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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Don't hunt what you can't kill. See more »


Action | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

20 August 1993 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Hard Target: Operación cacería  »

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Box Office


$18,000,000 (estimated)


$32,534,954 (USA)

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| (cut) | (Director's Cut) | (Workprint Version)

Sound Mix:

(4 channels)|


Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Universal was afraid that John Woo's limited English would be a problem on set, so they hired Sam Raimi to oversee the entire shoot and replace Woo if need be. See more »


When Van Cleef killed the doctor he nestled his gun to door, completely covering peephole. But in next scene (from doctor's point of view) his gun was still little moved from peephole. See more »


Pik van Cleef: It appears your trophy is ripping us a new orifice.
Emil Fouchon: Let me review the tactical situation for you, gentlemen. Boudreaux is wounded. He's been pursued and harried across miles of open country. Now he's cornered and outnumbered 20 to 1. He's an annoying little fucking insect and I want him stepped on hard.
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Its a Sam Raimi film all right!
26 April 1999 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Ok I watched this movie because I wanted a mindless fighting flick (and it was), but I had to buy a copy when I realized it was a John Woo / Sam Raimi movie. John Woo always does good action and Sam Raimi is one of my favorite Director/Producers and his fingerprints are all over this film, with touches like cameos by Ted Raimi the Raimi-mobile. If you like Raimi films watch it.

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