One Tough Bastard (1996)

R  |   |  Action, Thriller  |  26 July 1996 (Italy)
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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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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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Though credited as director, Kurt Wimmer was removed early during filming and producer Kurt Anderson took over as director. See more »


When the car gets flaming at the service station, all the windows are blown out, but intact in the next shot. See more »


Karl Savak: Don't you know it's illegal to drive while dead?
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Good action movie
15 July 2005 | by (Scotland) – See all my reviews

John North is a military instructor with a child he adores. When his wife and child accidentally become witnesses to a crime, they are murdered in cold blood. John North has one wish...revenge! OK, there is a bit more to it than that, but I won't give it away. "One Man's Justice" (or "One Tough Bastard" as its known as in the UK) is a well paced action movie with enough twists and creativity to hold your interest until the end. Visually speaking, director Kurt Wimmer doesn't have a particularly interesting eye, but he is talented enough to provide us with well choreographed fight scenes and effective, if slightly overdone performances. Bruce Payne reprises his role from "Passenger 57" here, albeit with an American accent. His performance borders on the camp, but it works. He IS A BAD GUY! At least, he wholly convinced me. Brian Bosworth is great too as the all American family man, who'll kick your ass to high hell if you ever cross him. The casting is perfect.

Keep in mind, it's a B Movie, but it's thoroughly enjoyable. It reminds me of 80's bliss such as "Commando". Fans of action movies should add this to their collection.

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