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Hard (1998)

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When a series of brutal killings of young male hustlers awakens the police to the threat of a serial killer, rookie detective Raymond Fates (Noel Palomaria) and his seasoned partner ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Noel Palomaria ...
Det. Raymond Vates
Malcolm Moorman ...
Jack
Charles Lanyer ...
Det. Tom Ellis
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Andy
Paula Kay Perry ...
Bette
Alex Depedro ...
Andy Jr. (as Alex DePedro)
Bob Hollander ...
Capt. Foster
Steve Andrews ...
Det. Hendrickson
K.D. Jones ...
Det. Jackson (as KD Jones)
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Det. Chyun
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Det. Dominguez
Cynthia Downey ...
Deputy Coroner
Chas Gray ...
Det. Kolletti
Brandi Garay ...
Cinnamon Smith
M. Tiffany Reed ...
Officer Bruin
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When a series of brutal killings of young male hustlers awakens the police to the threat of a serial killer, rookie detective Raymond Fates (Noel Palomaria) and his seasoned partner detective Tom Ellis (Charles Lanyer) battle an intolerant police department that is indifferent to these "misdemeanor killings. Written by Anonymous

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Escalofriante...provocativa un impactante thriller del cine independient Americano [ES] See more »

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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

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$19,596 (USA) (25 June 1999)

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$19,596 (USA) (25 June 1999)
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Long is the way and hard, that out of Hell leads up to the light. John Milton-"Paradise Lost" ([1667] Novel: "Paradise Lost") See more »

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References Dick Tracy (1937) See more »

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When Dreams Say No
Written by Brian James
Performed by The Dripping Lips
Used by Permission of ALIVE Records.
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Gay Rookie Detective Takes on Gay Serial Killer
4 December 2004 | by (San Francisco, CA, USA) – See all my reviews

I recently rented a DVD version of "Hard". There were some extras, most notably two commentary tracks and some Q&A sessions at gay film festivals. For me the most interesting part of the whole experience was listening to the ex-police advisors discuss the problems they had when their departments found out the advisors were gay. Examples from these experiences (harassment, beatings, no back-up, etc.) were on display in the film. If you rent the DVD, be sure to check out the extras.

The film-makers make the statement that they wanted to show how the police disregard low prestige victims (e.g., hustlers), how the police make life a misery for gay cops, how serial killers really behave, and depict the plight of street people in general. Well, hustlers and others just show up in time to be victims and then are turned to bloody messes. So the focus is really on police behavior and on the killer.

Several scenes, especially the torture and darkened interior scenes, are lit and photographed well. The victims all come across with some personality. The bad guy was the most effective actor. The rest of the adult actors were just OK. Pacing was all right. The protagonist is a closeted gay man who has just been promoted to detective; he has to learn some things the hard way.

Your liking of the movie will depend some on your own fantasies. The police environment and issues raised are useful for everybody to consider.


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