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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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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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Catch him if you can. See more »


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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  »

Filming Locations:


Box Office


$18,000,000 (estimated)


$32,534,954 (USA)

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Technical Specs


| (cut) | (unrated) | (Workprint Version)

Sound Mix:

(4 channels)|


Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Russell Carpenter found difficulty in filming the huge gunfight scenes. Carpenter specifically noted the Mardi Gras parade warehouse by recollecting that "just the lighting for a space like that, with all those strange shapes and shadows was difficult enough, but John then added the further complication of wanting the scene shot from several angles at once-often with more than one of the cameras moving". Producer James Jacks supported this style of filming finding it the most economical way to shoot these types of action scenes. See more »


During the opening sequence, when Binder falls through the wood, you can see an arrow stuck in his thigh even though no-one fired at him there. See more »


[first lines]
Douglas Binder: [trying to open a locked door] Please...
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Beats the s**t out of M:I-2!
22 October 2001 | by (Finland) – See all my reviews

Now I'm a fan of all Woo films; even the worst of his works, such as "Broken Arrow", are at least 'standard fare' in Hollywood-terms; this, however, does not apply to the few sad TV-attempts he made (The "Once a thief"-cable flick is just dreadful...). "Face/Off" and even the 'funny' "M:I-2" are both action-packed showdowns which demonstrate well what Woo can do. But his first Hollywood-attempt still remains the best of them- at least, to date! "Hard target" was shoot with very little time and then re-edited 7 times (count'em- seven!) to finally pass the censorship (yes, I'd call it that!) and STILL, after assumably at least half (?) the flavour taken out, it's still one tough cookie! Maybe frustrated at the censorship, Woo has later on stayed on the safe R-rated waters in Hollywood, not even trying to top himself (And again, STILL remaining the best bet when it comes to directing some serious action!)

"Hard Target" puts Jean-Claude Van 'Damage' against one of the always trustworthy screen villains, Lance Henriksen, and his pack of urban-commando (all black outfits, combat vests and MP5's) goons, and that's all you need to know! IF you think the going gets a little boring on the way, wait for the final 20 minutes, which will give you an adrenaline rush worth your while!

BTW, if anyone knows where I could get my hands on the 116-minutes (any shorter will not do!) uncut "Director's cut", I'd be happy to buy a copy, preferably DVD (but also VHS will do; we're talking cult classic here!)

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