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Tough and Deadly (1995)

R  |  Video  |   |  Action, Drama, Thriller  |  14 February 1995 (USA)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
John Portland
Elmo Freech
Agent Norton
Charles Kahlenberg ...
William Helms
Winston Briggers
Lisa Stahl ...
Maureen Peek
Carl Weldon (as Brent Van Hoffman)
Frank Di Paolo ...
Police Officer (as Frank Dipoala)
Ronald E. House ...
Gerte Reichtman (as Ronald House)
Lisa Comshaw ...
Ed Berke ...
Ambulance Driver


Elmo Freech is a private investigator and was contracted by John Portland, a CIA agent who suffers amnesia, in oder to reveale a dubious case of drug smuggling in which are involved big fishes of the CIA and from Washington. Written by Volker Boehm

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Their Form of Justice Takes No Prisoners. See more »


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14 February 1995 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Peligrosamente duros  »

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During the last act of the film Elmo's facial hair variates, almost shot-to-shot, from full beard to five o'clock shadow to even cleanly shaved. See more »


Referenced in Be Kind Rewind (2008) See more »


In this Land
Lyrics & Music by James Glickenhaus
(C) 1980 Hoose Music, ASCAP
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Blanks & Piper work well together
6 February 2008 | by (Williamsburg, VA) – See all my reviews

Following an assassination attempt, a CIA Agent (Billy Blanks) ends up in a hospital with amnesia. Sensing an opportunity on a possible bounty, skip tracer Elmo Freech (Roddy Piper) tries to get the mystery man's fingerprints, but ends up stopping a second murder attempt instead. Freech then takes the in the dark agent under his wing and dubs him "John Portland." One brief training session later, John is back to kicking ass, which is helpful as a group of assassins (led by Richard Norton) are still out to get him while the head of the CIA (James Karen) wonders what happened to his top secret agent.

This is an enjoyable mid-90s action vehicle. Blanks may not be much of an actor, but he makes up for it with his skillful martial arts. The highlight of the film is a midway showdown with Norton, a man as equally talented in the fight game. It is a shame Blanks never got bigger exposure from the 8 or so DTV films he did, but I'm sure Tae-Bo has compensated him well. What is really interesting is the great chemistry between Blanks and Piper. This was their second feature together (following 1994's BACK IN ACTION) and the two have a great rapport.

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