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On Deadly Ground (1994)

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Mystical martial artist/environmental agent takes on a ruthless oil corporation.

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Forrest Taft is an environmental agent who works for the Aegis Oil Company in Alaska. Aegis Oil's corrupt CEO, Michael Jennings, is the kind of person who doesn't care whether or not oil spills into the ocean or onto the land, just as long as it's making money for him. He even makes commercials that make him look like he cares about the environment. Jennings is almost finished with building his new state-of-the art oil rig: AEGIS-1. The problem is that if he doesn't finish building the rig in thirteen days, the land rights will be returned to the Eskimos and the Alaskan government. When Jennings finds out that Taft's best friend Hugh Palmer has a computer disk that contains information about defective equipment on AEGIS-1, he sends out his goons to murder Palmer. When Taft tries to interfere, Jennings tries to kill Taft. But an Eskimo woman named Masu, who introduces Taft to her father Silook, the chief of her tribe, rescues Taft. With Masu's help, Taft begins a trek through the ... Written by drayj65 <drayj65@hotmail.com>

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His Battle To Save The Alaskan Wilderness And Protect Its People Can Only Be Won...


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Rated R for strong violence and language | See all certifications »

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18 February 1994 (USA)  »

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$50,000,000 (estimated)

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$38,590,500 (USA)
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The infamous January 1994 Los Angeles earthquake almost caused the film to be delayed when the roof at Technicolor (the processor responsible for producing the release prints) collapsed from the quake and damaged the negative - consisting of 6 reels. Luckily, a Technicolor technician was able to carefully repair the damage so the film could meet its release date. See more »

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Shortly after blowing up the mercenaries' helicopter, Forrest is seen rummaging in a bag while wearing gloves. In the following shot, he's not wearing any. See more »

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McGruder: At present count, you only have ten fingers. I honestly don't want to have to ask you ten times. Where are your books? I want the DISKS, and I WANT THOSE BOOKS!
Hugh Palmer: I'm tellin' you I don't HAVE THEM!
McGruder: Have you LISTENED to yourself lately! HAVE YOU! Everything with you is I-I-I! There is no I in team! It is T-E-A-M. TEAM! Otto.
[Otto breaks Hugh's right forefinger]
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Crazy Credits

The first half of the end credits run over images of Alaska and its various wildlife, until we see Forrest Taft & Masu in a canoe, with Taft pointing out to Masu, a crow in front of them circling over the water (supposedly meant to be Silook in another form) See more »

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References Dances with Wolves (1990) See more »

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Inuit Throat Singing
Performed by Qaunaq Mikkigak and Timangiak Petaulassie
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Ludicrous.
11 May 2001 | by (Oldham, Gtr Manchester, England.) – See all my reviews

Steven Seagal sets out to protect the environment by blowing most of it up. Oh, and killing a few people too. This is a message movie with a VERY confused message. Still, most Seagal fans won't care for the movie's moral subtext (subtext? hah!), they'll just want to see their hero bust some chops. In an ecologically sound way, of course.

This movie is so inept there's precious little of even THAT. Large chunks of the movie are instead spent with po-faced Seagal staring solemnly into the camera waxing lyrical about how he loves the earth. Well so do I, but living on this planet does have its drawbacks; after all, this is a world where brainless studio execs throw money at Seagal to go BEHIND the camera as well! Isn't letting him stand in front of it enough? Come to think of it, isn't letting him even 20 feet near the studio... Ah well. "Under Siege" only worked because of the villains.

Let's just try and forget Michael Caine was ever in this; we can grant him that small mercy at least. Oh to have been a fly on the wall when Seagal was directing the Cockernee one. STEVE: "Well you just stand there... " MIKE: "What do I emote?" STEVE: (blankly) Emote... ?

It's pitifully obvious no-one tried to restrain Caine's excesses on set. How else do you explain the blatant caricature of his performance? He may as well have had E.V.I.L. stamped across his forehead...

If you were still even THINKING that you might enjoy this for some other reason than 'camp' value after reading the plot summary, there is no hope for you. Those who watch EXPECTING to find a bad movie will be heartily rewarded for their nous. "Steve saves the environment and kills bad guys" is even less interesting with the added plot element. Scary, huh?


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