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Writers (WGA):
Joe Eszterhas (story) &
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Release Date:
15 January 1993 (USA) See more »
When the law can't protect the innocent, the only hero left is an outlaw.
Escaped convict Sam Gillen single handedly takes on ruthless developers determined to evict Clydie - a widow with two young children... See more » | Full synopsis »
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This was one of the best of 1993, no joke. See more (55 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Jean-Claude Van Damme ... Sam Gillen

Rosanna Arquette ... Clydie Anderson

Kieran Culkin ... Mike 'Mookie' Anderson

Ted Levine ... Mr. Dunston
Tiffany Taubman ... Bree Anderson
Edward Blatchford ... Sheriff Lonnie Cole

Anthony Starke ... Billy

Joss Ackland ... Franklin Hale

Allan Graf ... Bus Driver (as Allen Graf)
Leonard Termo ... Bus Guard
Robert Apisa ... Prisoner (as Robert Aprisa)

Jophery C. Brown ... Prisoner (as Jophery Brown)

Tony Brubaker ... Prisoner
Ron Howard George ... Prisoner
Voyo Goric ... Prisoner

Jack Lucarelli ... Prisoner

Peter Malota ... Prisoner
Frank Orsatti ... Prisoner

Manny Perry ... Prisoner

Thomas Rosales Jr. ... Prisoner (as Thomas Rosales)
Ron Stein ... Prisoner

Sven-Ole Thorsen ... Prisoner
Jack Verbois ... Prisoner

Chuck Zito ... Prisoner
James Greene ... Country Store Clerk
Steven Chambers ... Pick-Up Truck Thug (as Steve Chambers)

Stephen Bridgewater ... Tom Lewis (as Stephen Wesley Bridgewater)
Christy Botkin ... Sarah Lewis

Luana Anders ... Town Meeting Chairwoman

Kevin Page ... Hales Associate

Albie Selznick ... Hales Associate

Andy Gill ... Bulldozer Man

Jack Gill ... Bulldozer Man
Gene LeBell ... Bulldozer Man

Jeff Ramsey ... Bulldozer Man

Randell Dennis Widner ... Bulldozer Man (as Randall Widner)
Gavin Glennon ... Auto Parts Clerk
John Rubinow ... Clydies Husband
Stanley White ... Cop in Diner
Joseph Menza ... Diner Cook

John Finn ... Cop in Chase
John Kerry ... Big Thug John
Tony Epper ... Fire Thug Al

Directed by
Robert Harmon 
Writing credits
Joe Eszterhas (story) &
Richard Marquand (story)

Joe Eszterhas (screenplay) and
Leslie Bohem (screenplay) and
Randy Feldman (screenplay)

Produced by
Gary Adelson .... producer
Craig Baumgarten .... producer
Michael I. Rachmil .... executive producer
Eugene Van Varenberg .... associate producer
Original Music by
Mark Isham 
Cinematography by
David Gribble 
Film Editing by
Mark Helfrich 
Zach Staenberg 
Casting by
Jackie Burch 
Production Design by
J. Dennis Washington 
Art Direction by
Joseph P. Lucky 
Set Decoration by
Anne D. McCulley 
Costume Design by
Gamila Smith  (as Gamila Mariana Fahkry)
Gamila Smith 
Makeup Department
Katalin Elek .... makeup artist
Zoltan Elek .... makeup artist
Production Management
Tony Mark .... unit production manager
Tamara Smith .... post-production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
David C. Anderson .... first assistant director: second unit
Brian W. Cook .... first assistant director
Mathew Dunne .... second assistant director: second unit
Carl Goldstein .... second assistant director
Peter MacDonald .... second unit director
Robert Brooks Mendel .... second assistant director
Elena Santaballa .... dga trainee
David Spitzer .... second second assistant director
David Ticotin .... second second assistant director: second unit (as David A. Tocotin)
Art Department
Larry Clark Bird .... property master
Oscar Delgadillo .... set dresser
Marc Fambro .... carpenter
Marc Fambro .... labourer
Dick Girod .... head paint foreman
Karen Higgins .... general foreman
Steven Kissick .... carpenter
Gregory Lynch Jr. .... carpenter
Stacey S. McIntosh .... construction coordinator
Richard McKenzie .... set designer
Sound Department
Fred J. Brown .... supervising sound editor
Raul A. Bruce .... boom operator
David B. Cohn .... sound editor
Martin Dreffke .... sound editor
Linda Folk .... adr editor
Frank Jimenez .... sound editor
David Kirschner .... sound mixer
Cindy Marty .... foley editor
Aaron Rochin .... sound re-recording mixer
Jackson Schwartz .... foley artist
Michele Sharp .... supervising sound editor (as Michelle Sharpe)
Stan Siegel .... sound editor
John J. Stephens .... sound re-recording mixer
Gregory H. Watkins .... sound re-recording mixer
David Williams .... dialogue editor
Special Effects by
Richard L. Hill .... special effects crew
Jeff Jarvis .... special effects coordinator
Mike Reedy .... special effects technician
Michael A. Tice .... special effects technician
Chris Branham .... stunts
Tony Brubaker .... stunts
Bobby Burns .... stunts
William H. Burton Jr. .... stunt coordinator (as William H. Burton)
William H. Burton Jr. .... stunts
Heather Burton .... stunts
Richard E. Butler .... stunts
Richard Epper .... stunts
Dane Farwell .... stunts
Randy Hall .... stunts
Clifford Happy .... stunts
John Hateley .... stunts
Tommy J. Huff .... stunts (as Thomas J. Huff)
Henry Kingi .... stunts
Clint Lilley .... stunts
Jack Lucarelli .... stunt performer
Gary McLarty .... stunts
Bennie Moore .... stunts (as Benny Moore)
Larry Nicholas .... stunts
Manny Perry .... stunts
Dennis Scott .... stunts (as Dennis Ray Scott)
Mark Stefanich .... stunt double
William Washington .... stunts
Mike Watson .... stunts
Randell Dennis Widner .... stunts
Mark Stefanich .... stunt double: Mr. Van Damme (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Mike Benson .... photography: second unit (as Michael A. Benson)
Samuel Buddy Fries .... camera operator: "b" camera
Chris Kievman .... electrician
Michael Meinardus .... Steadicam operator
Douglas Milsome .... photography: second unit
Frank Parrish .... film loader
Tony Rivetti .... first assistant camera: "a" camera
Tony Rivetti .... steadicam
Randall Robinson .... camera operator: second unit
Andrea Sachs .... gaffer
Ty Suehiro .... grip
David Tolsky .... second assistant camera: second unit
Casting Department
Felicia Fasano .... casting assistant
Editorial Department
Robert Fong .... first assistant editor
Scot Deer .... telecine colorist (uncredited)
Chris Lamie .... colorist (uncredited)
Location Management
James R. Maceo .... location manager
Music Department
Tom Boyd .... musician: oboe soloist
Tom Boyd .... oboe soloist
Michael Connell .... music editor
Stephen Krause .... scoring mixer
James Thatcher .... musician: french horn
Other crew
Joseph Aspromonti .... production assistant
Rhonda Bingham .... payroll
Susan Dukow .... production coordinator
Tara Foran .... assistant accountant
Mark J. Levenstein .... firstassistant accountant
Kristie Noonan .... assistant Van Damme Entertainment
Frederic Perrin .... caterer
Rudy Ugland .... boss wrangler

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Ganar o morir" - USA (Spanish title) (TV title)
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Rated R for violence, language and sexuality
94 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Argentina:16 | Australia:M | Finland:K-16 | France:Tous publics | Germany:18 (DVD and Blu-ray version) (uncut) | Germany:16 (theatrical release) (cut) | Iceland:16 | Netherlands:12 | Norway:18 | Peru:18 | Portugal:M/12 | Singapore:M18 | South Korea:18 | Spain:18 | Sweden:15 | UK:15 | USA:R (certificate #31741)

Did You Know?

Kieran Culkin who plays the role of "Mookie" is the younger brother to Macaulay Culkin. Kieran also worked with his brother in Home alone 1-2 as Kevin's cousin wearing glasses.See more »
Miscellaneous: When Sheriff Lonnie first meets Mr. Dunston, he very clearly introduces himself as Lonnie Poole (about 18:15 into the movie), and later, when Lonnie and Mr. Dunston are talking outside the auto-parts store (about 57:20), Mr. Dunston calls him Lonnie Poole. Even in the subtitles his last name is Poole, yet in the credits to the movie, he is identified as Lonnie Cole.See more »
Country Store Clerk:What you doin' out this way?
Sam Gillen:Hunting.
Country Store Clerk:In a suit?... What kinda huntin'?
Sam Gillen:Pink flamingos.
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28 out of 34 people found the following review useful.
This was one of the best of 1993, no joke., 23 September 1999
Author: Dan Grant ( from Toronto, Ontario

Van Damme has a reputation as a kickboxer or an ass kicker and a martial artist. No one really thinks he can act and the only reason he has a career in the movies is because he can do all those things and because women swoon over him. Being the quintessential guy, I am pretty much in the category of guys that likes to see him in films that are loaded with kicks to the head and punches to the stomach. It is a guy thing to want to see guys like Van Damme, Arnold, Sly and Seagal kick some major butt. But I have to admit that as much as I like some of his films that are action and nothing but, this film really blew me away. I was completely convinced with the love story and I felt for the characters. Jean Claude gives his best performance in here. And the sript being written by Eszetheras is perfect. This is a film that relies more on character and dialogue than it does kickboxing skills. And perhaps that alienates die hard Van Damme fans but for the rest of the audience out there this is a great step in the right direction. I have heard people that love his smashmouth style of film say that this is a more tame Van Damme and they don't like it that much, but when your films only gross about the same amount as a typical Friday the 13th film, it's safe to say that there is room to grow and Nowhere to Run is definitely growth. The only reason that people didn't go to see it is because it is Van Damme. But this has so much more to offer than just your typical action flick. The romance is fresh and Kieran Culkin is excellent as the young tyke who grows attached to Van Damme. It's just too bad Claude couldn't make more movies like this one because I really think people would warm up to this style of movie from him and eventually his box office appeal would grow. But as long he continues to make movies like Universal Soldier 2 and Knock Off, he will forever be stuck in that mold.

Nowhere to Run is a great film and when it came out in 1993, I remember making out my list for the ten best films that year, and yes, this one was on it. I highly recommend it. I think you will be surprised. However, if you are hard core and like to see his films with lots of kicks and blood and cheesy lines from guys like Bolo Yeung, then don't go see this one, it is too much of a movie for you to enjoy.

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