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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Catch him if you can. 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?


This movie has many references to John Woo's previous film Hard Boiled (1992) (including half of the title). There is also a reference point from Woo's earlier film Bullet in the Head (1990) at the end of the film in which Van Cleef kicks a burning barrel at Chance and he jumps over it. See more »


In scene when detective Marie Mitchell died, second biker opened fire on Chance from submachine gun. But in next shot, when Chance kicked him in head, gun disappeared. See more »


Natasha Binder: What kind of a name is Chance?
Chance Boudreaux: Well... my momma took one...
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References Reservoir Dogs (1992) See more »

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Before the storm, it still wasn't calm...
13 September 2006 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

I believe at this point in time that John Woo, should either change his Asian-dance number in every movie he makes and every single fight sequence!! Today! Take on a new and different approach. If you don't know what that means, John studied Dance, the flowing Asian style dancing and has used it, (I guess like football players study Ballet) using it in the shoot-outs and fighting scenes to add an element of grace and flowing movement to the stories's scene.

Thank God, that he didn't do the camera-shot over kill thing with the story and the shoot-out confrontation scenes in this. But as for this action story, I was all for this one! I truly enjoyed all the characters right down to the 'crooked' medical examiner, with the stress related nervous cough. The sleaze-bag o peddler, getting homeless to distribute his business sleazoid 900 number pamphlets, door to door no less.

It won and award and was nominated 5 more times! I liked Chance Boudreaux (Jean-Claude) in this New Oleans feature, he really came through. Next to the movie that a late friend of mine wrote (TIMECOP 1994) this has got to be the most powerfully enjoyable bang-up Van Damme movie, that exists, I say.

The area is questionable and dirty, some of it's residents are seedy in operation, yet there is a certain beauty that surrounds them in Oleans.

Bravo for the cast of outstanding players, Henrikson as the primary villain, I loved that about this movie, he plays the piano in the movie beautifully, for real, on reel. Mr. Vasloo before 'Titanic' he is a great villain partner, who is agile and deadly. The chase is on and they are all scrambling to stay alive and out of destruction's pathway. The accent from Van Damme, which is always with him, was an irreplaceable addition, to the taste and the culture of the country there. The music, yeah, it was the right music for the job! Playin' C.C.R how ya not gonna love that, when you're all the way down there? Jean Claude had just come into his-'own'acting craft style but, did not seem to go on above it too far after 'Hard Target' was made. His career seemed to settle down not too many years after as well. Although he is still making movies, some aren't bad either. He is a decent action hero, that can do different roles, with a good but limited ability.

But for this Woo film, I am applauding his best efforts, he stayed on a strong course with it, fine, fine actors and a good and gritty dirt in your teeth type of story, that brought Wilford Brimley as the wilderness 'Uncle' . The uncle with the explosives! Where was he when I was growing up? I could have really used em'. I rated this one highly, and recommend it as a great kicker of a fast paced manic action movie! Four kicks!!!! (****)

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