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Hard Time (1998)

Not Rated | | Action, Crime, Drama | TV Movie 13 December 1998
Burt Reynolds plays Logan McQueen, a veteran, tough cop who likes to see justice done by his own ways. Things go bad after McQueen is framed for murder. Now he has to escape from a maximum ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Det. Charlie Duffy
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Burt Reynolds plays Logan McQueen, a veteran, tough cop who likes to see justice done by his own ways. Things go bad after McQueen is framed for murder. Now he has to escape from a maximum security prison, and seek, on the deadly streets of a hot and dangerous Miami, for the man who wants him down... Written by Ary Luiz Dalazen Jr. <_ajr@fortalnet.com.br>>

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13 December 1998 (USA)  »

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[Catarato points a gun to the forehead of Logan McQueen]
Pepe: What are you doing, man? You can't shoot a cop.
Catarato: I want to.
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Burt Reynolds is violent, implacable and full with rage and hate in this strong and violent crime-drama movie!!!
19 March 1999 | by See all my reviews

Emotion, happiness, accuses and redemption. " Hard Time ", the newest masterpiece directed and starring the star Burt Reynolds, brings everyone of these emotions! this film is, without a doubt, one of the best crime-drama films already done by Hollywood. Burt Reynolds, after his exceptional performance in the porn-saga " Boogie Nights ", which saved his career and took him back to the stardom, signed a contract with the TNT network to play the main character in three films and to direct at least one of them. Well, Burt is now directing "Hard Time" continuation, that will be called "Hard Time 2: Premonition ", and judging by his auspicious work in the first of the series, the executives of TNT made the right decision when letting him direct it again! Reynolds was never so good as he is in " Hard Time ", it is possible to see in his eyes the happiness, the energy, his passion, maybe for noticing that he's in charge, that he did again what he knows and that he has his authority of consecrated star recovered to the eyes of Hollywood and of the world now! with the hair already gray-headed, and with his famous mustache, Burt Reynolds is the image of the experience, of the man who is capable to demolish anything that appears in his way. The glance of Reynolds is still strong and penetrating, expressed all his determination, his interior hate. As his image in the poster of the film, Reynolds today is the image of a powerful, capable man who will still give a lot what to speak...

The story of "Hard Time" is exceptional, complex, intriguing and very, very tense. The intrigue follows "Sharky's Machine" style, a memorable film which Reynolds directed in 1981. Burt Reynolds interprets Logan McQueen, Miami's toughest cop, as the poster's taglines say, a fearless and full of rage inside of himself man, who doesn't fear anything in the world, in fact, he laughs in the presence of danger. At his side, there is Charles Duffy (interpreted by Charles Durning, a great friend of Reynolds and excellent actor, already nominated as best supporting actor by " The Best Little whorehouse in Texas "), his dedicated partner. Together, the two drive by the streets of Miami, facing dangerous latins,drug dealers and criminals of all the types. "Hard Time" has so many action scenes, shooting and persecution that it's impossible to enumerate them! McQueen,clearly, has many enemies and people who would like to see him dead. McQueen is, then, incriminated by something that he didn't commit and he is sent to a maximum security prison. In the prison, the cops are hated and McQueen knows that will have to do something to survive by everything and not to be murdered inside the place, he is determined to get out of there and to find the person (or the people) who incriminated him,and so settle the final scores.For the murderers' and the criminal's surprise, McQueen is worse and more dangerous than all of them together: the scenes in which Burt Reynolds smashes the men's head who planned to curry him is too violent! "Payback", Mel Gibson's movie, looks like Disney films, when compared with "Hard Time", in terms of violent scenes.After executing his sentence, and after having killed everybody that annoyed him in the place, McQueen is loosened, and now his hate is even bigger and powerful: he will go until the end to discover and kill each one of the men who incriminated him.The film still has some mysteries: a suitcase full of lost money, a vain and unfriendly black promoter who will do everything to promote homself (Billie Dee Williams as Johnny Cochran), a seductive attorney (played by MiaSara) and a murderer called Catarato (Paco Cristian Prieto) who represents the key for the whole mystery... Once the film was produced and done by TNT, it is visible its high quality: it nor even seems a film done for television, but a film done for the theaters, is a violent and poetic masterpiece, that has as its base an excellent plot, actors in the peak of their talents, and a strong and competent direction.And as he had already demonstrated in "Sharky's Machine", Burt Reynolds uses all his talent, competence and will to command a high level show filled with loaded-tension. The hate glance and determination, the cynic and malicious smile, the charming, pretty and brilliant presence: the Burt Reynolds of the seventies,of "Sharky's Machine" , reappears, lowering, violent and better than ever! and at this time he has more one thrilling enemy : if in "Sharky's Machine" the antagonist was Vittorio Gassman, in "Hard Time" a magisterial star lends his talent as villainous: Robert Loggia is Mr. Big, a crime boss who loves flamenco dancing,a dangerous and bad man, like Joe Pesci in "Godfellas"... And "Hard Time 2: Premonition" is already made, and it's in post-production phase! in this continuation, Logan McQueen will have to kill a dangerous terrorist who is exploding Miami. And the only hope resides on a prisoner who says he is capable to foresee the attacks ...in this film, Robert Loggia, Mia Sara and Charles Durning continue on the cast,and Bruce Dern enters. Once again the show is guaranteed! Burt Reynolds is back! his charm, his presence, all his wonderful and thrilling personality comes back to the screens of the whole world, and we owed that to "Boogie Nights", the film that put him back to the top! and if before we lamented and we suffered with the ostracism in which this legend was relegated, today we have surplus reasons to commemorate his return to the success, to the fame, to the stardom and the movies! Burt Reynolds was never so well as he is now! and get ready: "Pups", "Stringer","Waterproof", "Mystery, Alaska" and "The Hunter's Moon" are on their way!!!

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