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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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Robert Apisa ...
Mr. Lopacki (as Bob Apisa)
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Douglas Forsythe Rye ...
Mike Leinert ...
Frack (as Michael D. Leinert)
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Elijah Roper (as Willie Carpenter)
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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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Action | Thriller

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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)  »

Also Known As:

Hard Target: Operación cacería  »

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Budget:

$18,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$32,534,954 (USA)
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1.85 : 1
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Theatrical trailer shows Van Cleef saying "Look at it this way. You gonna get to meet Elvis" while kneeling over dead body of Roper after his men killed him on street. This short dialogue scene is not in any known version of the movie. Due to this and the fact that movie was heavily re-cut many times it's possible that there was more deleted footage than even the famous uncut workprint versions include. See more »

Goofs

When Nat goes to file a missing person report at the police station, Officer Mitchell has a pastry with a candle that she puts in the drawer of her desk. As it goes in it looks to be a brand new candle and when she takes it out there is none left. It would be impossible for the candle to burn completely in the period of time. See more »

Quotes

Emil Fouchon: [Fouchon stops Zenan from shooting Roper before the chase can begin] This is New Orleans... not Beirut!
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A very tight, well made film.
26 September 1999 | by (Australia / Tasmania) – See all my reviews

Many people say that this film could be marked down as a cobweb in John Woo's closet. It is far from this, but only if you see the full uncencored version, which is available in the UK for people who own PAL video machines. I think that this is John Woo's best American made work. Better than Face / Off, which was well filmed but lacked the Woo stylised violence to keep your interest up. But Hard Target has plenty. Certain people believe that the end gunfight in the Mardi Gras graveyard is among Woo's best visually. The flurry of quick bloody violence is overwhelmingly adrenaline pumping, Van Damme pumps the bad guys with more bullets in 15 minutes than Desperado did in two hours! The American Version is quite mediocre compared to the UK version, the US version contains less violence and if you look in the goofs section most of the stuff ups are due to the violence being edited out. I do know where you can get your hands on a rough cut of the 116 minute version but it is a bit of a waste of time, due to the fact that there is no colour (except a greeny tone) and most of the 20 minutes extra are just talking.

If you think Van Damme is a bit of a let down, he isn't really. He may not be able to act, but Woo has made him look as cool as ever, seing Van Damme run around with two hand guns is cool, This movie runs on Van Dammes precence.

Give this film a chance, get the UK version for a better time.

I give this 5 outta 5.

John Woo rules the earth.


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