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One Tough Bastard (1996)

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When a man's wife and family are murdered, he plots revenge only to find out that the killer is under Federal protection and he must exact his own form of justice.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sgt. John North
Agent Karl Savak
DeJuan Guy ...
Mikey Adams
Dexter Kane (as Hammer)
Agent Ward
Agent Klark
Deborah Worthing ...
Darlene North
Rachel Duncan ...
Marianne North
Tattoist (as Robert La Sardo)
Agent Tam
Christopher M. Brown ...
Jake (as Christopher Brown)
Mustapha (as R.B. Bowens)


Cool wacko cop, Karl Savak wants to steal and sell prototype military weapons. But, while he was stealing ammo, one of his comrades kills the family of John North. He is a military combat expert, who soon after starts his own investigation. But, it's not easy to take down one of most decorated FBI officers. Written by Harun Mehmedinovic <>

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Action | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for pervasive strong violence, strong language and some drug content | See all certifications »




Release Date:

26 July 1996 (Italy)  »

Also Known As:

One Man's Justice  »

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Did You Know?


Though credited as director, Kurt Wimmer was removed early during filming and producer Kurt Anderson took over as director. See more »


In the cemetery scene Sgt. John North is wearing a field grade officers cap (embellishments on visor) instead of an enlisted type (plain black visor). See more »


Karl Savak: Don't you know it's illegal to drive while dead?
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Referenced in Hot Fuzz (2007) See more »


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Bruce Payne is the main man
20 November 2006 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I love this film. Yes its crap but its brilliant at the same time. This is due to an excellent, camp and totally over the top performance by Bruce Payne. He takes the character of Savak to a totally new level by being ruthless, daring and funny at the same time. The bit where he throws his burger meal over marcus and screams 'horse-sh*t' at him is pure class. So is the bit in the drug dealers den 'tsk tsk' and 'ive got the guns'. It seems that Bruce Payne has the knack of taking psycho characters and turning them into something complicated (such as he did with Charles Raine in Passenger 57). I thought the long blond hair and the nose rings really added some presence to the character of Savak in this film, although how plausible it would be to have a CIA / FBI agent looking as he does, I really don't know. Great escapism - 10/10.

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