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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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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1.85 : 1
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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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Not Exactly Equilibrium. Heck, It's Not Even Ultraviolet.
22 September 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Being a fan of Kurt Wimmer, I decided that this movie was a must-see for me. Equilibrium is a genuinely great movie and Ultraviolet, though heavily flawed, had enough good action and heart to separate from similar movies. One Tough Bastard, however, is a bad 80's revenge movie made in the middle of the 90's. It would be a typical revenge flick, except it pretty much forgets this fact with some silly subplot involving experimental guns (actually Mini 14's with slight cosmetic modifications). These superguns are a letdown too, since they're only fired once during a test run.

The fight scenes aren't very good, but they have their moments, where Wimmer shows his distinctive innovations.

There aren't many interesting characters, except for corrupt agent Karl Savak. He is distinctively cheesy and entertaining, even though his quips are rather lame (as is most the dialogue). Aside from (don't laugh) MC Hammer's appearance as a villain, the movie does not have many interesting characters. An inner city black child whom Bosworth takes under his wing is particularly clichéd and uninteresting.

It's almost hard to believe that Wimmer went on to make Equilibrium and Ultraviolet.

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