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There is a shot of a flyer advertising a sex phone line/club that Douglas (Chuck Pfarrer) was handing out for money. The flyer has a photocopied photograph of a topless woman.

US Cut




This guide is based on the longer 'International' version and not the US 'R' rated cut.

A homeless man is hunted down by armed men one of whom has paid money to kill him, an arrow grazes the side of his head and the cut that appears begins to bleed.

The homeless man tries to climb a tall gate but someone riding a motorbike drives into the gate and he falls to the ground.

The homeless man is then knocked over a a motorbike riding past and then kicked over by someone on another bike as they ride past him.

The homeless man is shot in the shoulder by an arrow which pins him to a tree, he frees himself from the tree and pulls the arrow out of his shoulder.

A man in knocked over from the force of a explosion caused by an exploding petrol can.

The homeless man is shot in the shoulder blade with an arrow, in the upper leg and his finally killed when shot in the upper back with an arrow and the tip protrudes from his chest.

The homeless man's dead body is seen floating in a river before it is recovered and there is a close-up side shot of his upper chest and head which shows the arrow protruding from his cest.

A woman is being mugged by four men when another man comes to her rescue: She slaps one man around the face and he retaliates by punching her in the face.

There is a shot of a man kicked in the face and then has a glass bottle smashed over his head, a man is slammed head first into a parking meter, someone is kicked through a shop window, a man has his arm broken when forced 90 degrees in the wrong direction, a man has his legs kicked out from under him while standing on a car bonnet and he falls to the floor, this scene also features various martials arts kicks and punches.

A bad guy krate chops a sleeping man in the stomach to wake him up, the bad guy then grabs a pair of scissors and, off-screen, cuts the man's right ear lobe off, then throws him against a wall and against a desk where another villain punches him round the face and a large spurt of blood is seen coming from his mouth, the villain then cleans his blood stained hand off in a fish bowl.

A man looks at various crime scene photos which contain images of a badly burnt man.

A man is attacked by two bad guys, one puts a noose around his neck and tightens it, the other hits him on his back, legs and thigh with a baseball bat before the man kicks him in the nuts, the man is then kicked in the face and left.

A man is seen with a bloody wound over his eye.

A man looks through the peep hole in his door and is shot through the eye by a bad guy standing on the other side. Another villain looks at himself in a nearby mirror which is dripping with blood.

A man is kicked to the ground in a graveyard and shot in the arm, another man is karate chopped in the throat which grounds him where he is repeatedly shot in the upper body before a bad guy finishes him off with a single shot to the chest.

A man is repeatedly shot in a street, multiple gory bullet entry and exit wounds are seen across his torso and there are shots of his dead bloddied body lying on the floor.

While sitting in a car a man has a shotgun placed at the side of his head by a villain, the trigger is pulled and there is a shot of the windscreen shattering as well as a large splatter of blood on the inside of it.

In a shootout a woman is shot in the side and in the shoulder, eventually she dies from her wounds, both she and a man shoot and kill several bad guys in this scene. One bad guy is graphically shot in the arm while a man kicks a bikers head which sends him crashing off his motorbike.

A man on a motorbike rides into a bad guy and sends him crashing into some boxes, the man shoots some more bad guys before blowing a jeep up with some people inside.

A man punches a rattle snake and knocks it out, he then graphically bites off its rattle tail, a few scenes later one bad guy sets off a trap which allows the snake to bite him on the cheek, the main villain gorily blows the snakes head off with his gun.

An explosion is set off and several bad guys are caught in it and are set on fire, there are various graphic shots of people on fire.

A man kicks a petrol can into the face of a biker and shoots it as it reaches him which turns him into toast.

The final warehouse massacre contains virtually none stop violence, many people are graphically shot and killed, most people are shot multiple times often in slow motion and the camera lingers on victims as they fall to the ground.

A biker is shot in the head with a shotgun, one is hit in the stomach by the butt of the gun.

A man is repeatedly shot in the stomach and chest but before he falls to the ground a man kicks him in the face in slow motion.

More bikers are shot, a man has an arrow shot through the thing he is hiding behind and it enters the back of his neck and protrudes out of the front of his throat.

A man in a cowboy hat is repeatedly shot in the chest, someone is repeatedly shot in the stomach by a woman and yet more bikers are shot and killed.

A man is shot in the arm with an arrow while an elderly man is shot in the leg and another biker is shot and tumbles down a fight of stairs.

A man holding a grenade is repeatedly shot, many gory bullet wounds are seen before he dies.

A man slides under a table and with a gun in both hands and repeatedly shoots a bad guy in the chest.

A man wraps a grenade in a shirt and twists it around his hand and uses it to hit a bad guy in the face with, he then kicks the bad guy in the stomach before shotgun blasting him in the stomach to finish him off.

An old man is shot in the shoulder and then stabbed in the chest with an arrow.

A bad guy presses the tip of an arrow against the throat of a woman.

A man kicks a bad guy in the chest and a large spurt of blood comes from his mouth in slow motion, the bad guy beats the man with a burning plank of wood, the man kicks and punches the bad guy in the face before he puts a grenade down his pants, the man then headbutts the bad guy who falls back into a pile of rubbish and gets blown to pieces.


Infrequent use of strong profanity.


The character of Elijah Roper (Willie Carpenter) is seen smoking a cigar on several occasions.

Wilford Brimley's character is seen making, and drinking, what appears to be moonshine. He offers some to a young woman (she takes a swig) and tells her "here, drink. But do not spill; it kill the grass."

There is no drug use.


Some may find the theme of the movie (men hunting other men for sport) to be disturbing.

Hard Target is an incredibly violent action film, it is graphic and unflinching in it's depictiction of violent acts. There are many shoot-outs, fights and many people are killed.

us cut for kids 12 and over

wordwide cut for kids 14 and over

Rated R for a great amount of strong violence, and for language
Argentina:16 / Australia:R18+ / Australia:MA15+ (original rating) (theatrical release) (1993) / Denmark:15 / Finland:K-18 / France:12 / Germany:18 / Germany:BPjM Restricted / Iceland:16 / Ireland:18 / Malaysia:(Banned) / Malaysia:18SG (tv rating) / Netherlands:16 / New Zealand:R18 / Norway:18 (video premiere) / Norway:(Banned) (uncut european version) (1993-2003) (cinema release) / Philippines:R-18 / Portugal:M/16 / Singapore:NC-16 / South Korea:18 / Spain:18 / Sweden:15 / UK:18 / USA:R

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