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Andrew Dice Clay takes over a hotel during a beauty pageant taking several pageant contestants hostage since one of them is a rich senator's daughter. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Shannon Tweed ... Sharon Bell

Robert Davi ... Sergeant Crane

Andrew Dice Clay ... Oz, aka Raymond Ulysses Brice

Roddy Piper ... Ice

Nicholas Campbell ... Vic

John Colicos ... Senator Donald Wilson
James Purcell ... Captain Henricks

Judith Scott ... Nancy Polson
Louis Wrightman ... Que

Keram Malicki-Sánchez ... Cal
J.D. Nicholsen ... Zed (as Jack Nicholsen)

Polly Shannon ... Candice 'Candy' Wilson, Miss U.S.A.
Bridget Griggs ... Kellee White, Miss Canada

Kyrin Hall ... Nikki Westhill, Miss England

Chandra West ... Maria, Miss Germany

Joanna Bacalso ... Malou, Miss Philippines
Julie Armstrong ... Isabel LeClaire, Miss France
Hugo Dann ... Show Director
George Kash ... Joe (Security Guard)

Jason Blicker ... Roger Stalwart
Seymour Blicker ... Roger's Father
Louis Valere ... Security Guard
Richard Waugh ... Leslie
Victor Ertmanis ... Sergeant Zelinsky

Richard Yearwood ... Young Cop

Robert Bockstael ... Sapper

Douglas O'Keeffe ... Commander

Nigel Hamer ... Medic
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Directed by
Paul Lynch 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Robert C. Cooper  written by

Produced by
John Barnett .... executive producer
Antony I. Ginnane .... executive producer
Peter R. Simpson .... producer
Rob Urquhart .... line producer
Original Music by
Paul Zaza  (as Paul J. Zaza)
Cinematography by
Curtis Petersen 
Film Editing by
Nick Rotundo 
Casting by
Rosina Bucci 
Production Design by
Sandra Kybartas 
Art Direction by
Armando Sgrignuoli 
Set Decoration by
John Archbell 
Costume Design by
Joyce Schure 
Makeup Department
Catherine Davies Irvine .... assistant makeup artist
Debbie Eng .... assistant hair stylist
Marie Nardella .... makeup department head
Leon Van Dyk .... key hair stylist
Production Management
Vince Nyuli .... unit production manager
Victoria Woods .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Simon Board .... second assistant director
Roman Buchok .... first assistant director
Olly Jansen .... assistant director: second unit
Olly Jasen .... first assistant director: second unit
David MacDonald .... trainee assistant director
Nancy Sorge .... third assistant director
Art Department
Paul Dallin .... property master
Robin E. Eecloo .... set dresser
Craig Grant .... property master
Diane Pollack .... first assistant art director
John Reck .... construction coordinator
Sound Department
Mark Beck .... sound effects editor
Alan deGraaf .... foley engineer
John Gare .... sound re-recording mixer
Ao Loo .... sound recordist
Daniel C. Megill .... boom operator
John P. Megill .... sound mixer: second unit
Phil Rodrigues .... foley artist
Jennifer Skinner .... dialogue editor
Matthew Stark .... boom operator
Special Effects by
Brock Jolliffe .... special effects coordinator
Visual Effects by
Nicolai Grut .... computer video special effects
Brenda Adams .... stunts
Julie Armstrong .... stunts
Marco Bianco .... stunt coordinator
Richard Coulter .... stunts
Rick Forsayeth .... stunts
Brett Halsay .... stunts
Ted Hanlan .... stunts
Marcia King .... stunts
Danny Lima .... stunts
Steve Lucescu .... stunt double
Steve Lucescu .... stunt rigger
Steve Lucescu .... stunts
Walter Masko .... stunt double: Rowdy Roddy Piper
Walter Masko .... stunts
Dwayne McLean .... stunts
Edward A. Queffelec .... stunts
Branko Racki .... stunts
Paul Rutledge .... stunts
Carl Smith .... stunts
John Stead .... stunt performer
John Stoneham Jr. .... stunts
Bryan Thomas .... stunts
Ron Van Hart .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Michael Bickel .... grip
Jerry Borris .... electrician
Gilles Corbeil .... Steadicam operator
Gilles Corbeil .... camera operator
Bob Cotie .... grip
Richard Eagan .... assistant camera
David Fisher .... gaffer
Michael Gibson .... still photographer
Andrew Gondek .... electrician
Dianne L. Haggarty .... grip
Craig Heintz .... grip
Rick Kearney .... first assistant camera
Kelly Mason .... first assistant camera
Bill Melanson Jr. .... best boy grip
James Murray .... video playback operator
Curtis Petersen .... camera operator: "a" camera
R. Scott Phillips .... best boy electric
Shaun Pollinger .... second assistant camera
Kevin S. Stewart .... clapper loader
Casting Department
Asunta Blair .... casting assistant
Donna Dupere .... extras casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Marie Flanagan .... wardrobe assistant
Amina Mohamed .... wardrobe assistant
Anne Peiponen .... assistant costume designer
Tania Rydenko .... wardrobe buyer
Editorial Department
Leslie Bori .... color timer
John Cameron .... assistant film editor
Ed Ham .... on-line editor
Brian White .... post-production coordinator
Music Department
Tony Padalino .... music programmer: synth
Peter Breiner .... conductor (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Tim Fagan .... unit driver
Erwin Roithmeier .... transportation coordinator
Other crew
John 'Frenchie' Berger .... gun wrangler
Mary Canty .... continuity
Kevin Chassie .... craft service
Rick Constantineau .... production accountant
Lisa Jackson .... craft service
Paul Lynch .... title designer
John Mendes .... location assistant
Mark Moore .... assistant location manager
Gil Novis .... location scout
Vince Nyuli .... location manager
David Porter .... craft service
Robin Sarafinchan .... production coordinator
Cynthia Sherman .... script consultant
Kerry Simpson .... assistant: Rob Urquhart
Ainsley Sneath .... craft service
Julia Stan .... assistant: Mr. Lynch
Julia Stan .... continuity: second unit
Michael Stokes .... creative consultant
Kim Yu .... unit publicist

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Also Known As:
"Hardness" - Japan (English title)
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93 min | USA:98 min
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2 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
Poor-quality knock-off action movie, 11 July 2007
Author: mysteriesfan from United States

The description of this movie made it sound like it was in the Die Hard mold. But it not only falls far short of those intelligent, elaborate movies. It does not even measure up to copies like Sudden Death, with Van Damme. Even a 1994 film called Crackerjack -- with Thomas Ian Griffith as a cop and Christopher Plummer as a neo-Nazi, clashing at a mountain resort over a complicated plan to steal millions in mob diamonds and to cover it up -- which is also hampered by lame writing and acting, manages to be a better low-budget knockoff than No Contest.

No Contest is about a big-shot bad guy taking over by force of arms the penthouse of a hotel that hosts a beauty pageant in which a Senator's daughter is a contestant, setting bombs all over the entrances, and then demanding millions in diamonds. The villain is "Bryce," Andrew Dice Clay. He talks tough and piles up bodies as the man who had been in charge of the corrupt Senator's Florida transport company. That operation had been in bed with Colombian drug-lords and was sold out to the DEA, after which Bryce supposedly died in a firefight.

The heroine is Shannon Tweed, talking tough and packing Uzis as the former pageant winner who went on to star in martial arts films (it is interesting to see Tweed in more of a straight role than her usual soft-porn fare). She spouts limp lines like "I'll eat a tub of Ben & Jerry's Jerry Garcia ice cream" and, after beating in the head of wrestler Roddy Piper (as bad-guy "Ice") with a satchel of ice cubes, "I iced Ice." On the outskirts is a hapless Robert Davi as a gimp-legged former State Department embassy security specialist who was hired and fired by the Senator after his daughter was taken hostage and who, naturally, in addition to talking big throughout the movie, manages to hang underneath a scenic elevator, horn in on the rooftop action, and get wounded near the end. John Colicos plays the cliché, all-bad Senator. Computer and bomb wizardry is thrown in as well, of course.

The large-scale, high-stakes plot, some cheesy elements, and some recognizable actors create some interest and nudge the movie above one star. But none of this is an excuse for the glib, sloppy "reviews" that give the movie an easy pass, saying, "come on, guys, this is supposed to be bad." That kind of shallow assessment, and the lazy, unintelligent flicking of the "not helpful" button on any review that refuses to settle for it, does nothing but contribute to the impression that moviegoers are suckers. The many other reviews have it right that the writing and acting in this movie are half-baked and half-hearted. As a result, the movie does not even manage to be bad in a fun-to-watch way. Instead, it ends up feeling like a thin, overblown, incompetent disappointment.

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