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  (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)
Noel Palomaria ... Det. Raymond Vates
Malcolm Moorman ... Jack
Charles Lanyer ... Det. Tom Ellis

Michael Waite ... 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)

Ken Narasaki ... Det. Chyun

Steve Gonzales ... Det. Dominguez
Cynthia Downey ... Deputy Coroner
Chas Gray ... Det. Kolletti
Brandi Garay ... Cinnamon Smith
M. Tiffany Reed ... Officer Bruin
Manny Centeno ... Floater
Brant Cotton ... Cop at Lake
Miles Swain ... Cop at Lake
Michael Vinton ... Cop at Lake
Jim Elwell ... Coroner Attendant

Billy Lockwood ... Coroner Attendant
Melissa Schultz ... Stripper
Andrea Marcellus ... Jenny
Alexandria Palomaria ... Tracy
Aaron Zaffron ... Doug
Mitch Grobeson ... Brent
Charles Busser ... Billy Hyatt
Marcie Harte ... Forensics
Vinnie Bilancio ... Forensics Lab Tech (as Vincent Bilancio)
Trish Elliot ... Mrs. Hyatt
Joshua Fitzgerald ... Hitchhiker

Alex Boling ... Tex
John Deleski ... Hustler
Eric Heng ... Bleeding Boy
Adam Blinn ... Motorcycle Cop
Doug Laird ... Motorcycle Cop

Ming Lo ... I.A. Officer
John Huckert ... I.A. Officer
Chris Dalton ... Homeless Man
Brian Coe ... Tortured Boy

Tracy Morse ... Tortured Boy 2
Michael Haboush ... Naked Singing Boy
Wes Blizzard ... Bar Patron
Roger Dennehy ... Bar Patron
David Elbert ... Bar Patron
Chris Toth ... Bar Patron
Dave Warren ... Bar Patron
Jeff Benedict ... The Wazoos - Basketball Team
Mike Ellis ... The Wazoos - Basketball Team
Rick Kintz ... The Wazoos - Basketball Team
George McGraph ... The Wazoos - Basketball Team
Marc Morin ... The Wazoos - Basketball Team
Dale Neugebauer ... The Wazoos - Basketball Team
Jeff Spinelli ... The Wazoos - Basketball Team
Jillien Weisz ... Woman Playing Pool
Anthony Ramirez ... Bartender
Philip Grossman ... Man in Bar
Lauren Potts ... Police Woman
Dominic Formosa ... Trailer Park Man
Michael Anthony ... Soldier Boy

Directed by
John Huckert 
Writing credits
John Huckert (screenplay) and
John Matkowsky (screenplay)

Produced by
John Huckert .... producer
John Matkowsky .... producer
Noel Palomaria .... producer
Dan Wingard .... associate producer
Original Music by
John Huckert 
Phil Settle 
Cinematography by
John Matkowsky (director of photography)
Film Editing by
John Huckert 
Production Design by
John Matkowsky 
Makeup Department
Richard Garay .... special makeup effects
Gabor Heiligenberg .... hair stylist
Angel Hernandez .... special makeup effects
Eric Jerstad .... special makeup effects
Alina Miles .... additional makeup artist
Michael Valenzuela .... special makeup effects
Wendy Wixon .... makeup artist
Stahr Froman .... additional makeup artist (uncredited)
Production Management
John M. Plume .... production manager (as John Plume)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Manny Centeno .... second assistant director
Sam Khazaeni .... second assistant director
Patrick 'PJ' Mainello .... first assistant director (as Patrick Mainello)
Art Department
Howard Custard .... props
Howard Custard .... set dresser
José González .... props (as Jose Gonzalez)
José González .... set dresser (as Jose Gonzalez)
Sound Department
Elaine Bar .... optical soundtrack
Howard Johnston .... sound editor
Robert King .... sound designer
Sean King .... sound designer
Marlon Lacayo .... additional sound
James Michael .... sound editor
Steven Morrow .... location sound mixer (as Steven A. Morrow)
Michael Pujals .... boom operator
Seiki Watanabe .... additional boom operator
Blake Worrell .... sound editor
Special Effects by
Michael Valenzuela .... special effects
Visual Effects by
Keith Allan .... titles & opticals: Title House
Mark Allan .... titles & opticals: Title House
Julie Landholt .... titles & opticals: Title House
Jennifer Smith .... titles & opticals: Title House
Michael Valenzuela .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Scott Burgin .... camera operator
James Diebold .... camera operator
James Diebold .... first assistant camera
Neal Fredericks .... camera operator
Bryan G. Haigh .... camera operator
Larry 'Rik' Keller .... key grip
Anthony S. Morrow .... gaffer
Guilherme Ramos .... grip
Collins Williams .... grip
Ryan Williams .... grip
Editorial Department
Richard Hernandez .... on-line editor
Alex Jepson .... telecine dailies
Glenn Jepson .... telecine dailies
Larry Manke .... dailies colorist
Jon Nicholes .... dailies colorist
Jim Wehrley .... on-line editor
Jim Williams .... color timer: FotoKem
Music Department
Gary Bivona .... original score producer
Gary Bivona .... score engineer
Mimi Bonetti .... music clearance
Mimi Bonetti .... music consultant
Phil Settle .... music supervisor
Other crew
Maia Akiva .... production assistant
Marco Anderson .... production assistant
Fonda Anita .... production coordinator
Brian Coe .... production assistant
Suzanne de Pedro .... production assistant (as Suzanne DePedro)
Melanie DeLeon .... production assistant
Blair Edwards .... production assistant
Lisa Engelhardt .... production assistant
Elaine Escovar .... production associate
Mitchell Grobeson .... technical advisor (as Sgt. Mitchell Grobeson, LAPD)
Dennis R. Herrera .... technical advisor
John Huckert .... dvd design: 2007 director's cut
Alyssa Lengyel .... production assistant
John Matkowsky .... dvd producer: 2007 director's cut
Chris Moore .... production assistant
Michael Pearson .... production assistant
Tamika Phillips .... production assistant
Sandra Reaves .... production assistant
Steve Spurgat .... assistant to director
Tamara Stevenson .... production assistant
Seiki Watanabe .... production assistant
Michael L. Wynhoff .... internet presence
Dan Acre .... special thanks (as Dan & Elizabeth Acre)
Elizabeth Acre .... special thanks (as Dan & Elizabeth Acre)
Joe Augustyn .... special thanks
Arlene Battishill .... special thanks
John Bryant .... special thanks
Tom Carney .... special thanks
Sukee Chew .... special thanks
Roger Cortes .... thanks: 3P Recording
Scott L. Dale .... special thanks
Rafael DeLara .... special thanks
Ana Felix .... special thanks (as Geee & Ana Felix)
Gee Felix .... special thanks (as Geee & Ana Felix)
Michael Fister .... special thanks
Kathy H. Furini .... special thanks
Ken Grabot .... special thanks
Jonathan L. Handel .... special thanks
Phoebe Holston .... special thanks
Trish Keating .... special thanks
Robert LaDoucier .... special thanks
Maureen Lambray .... special thanks
Conrad Lopes .... special thanks
Joe Lopez .... thanks: Metro Rail
Ami Mann .... special thanks
John Otto .... special thanks
Ralph Ratliff .... thanks: Metro Rail
John Scanlan .... special thanks
Sid Spencer Sr. .... special thanks
Perry Suppa .... special thanks
Jeff Walkowski .... special thanks
Jeff Wyant .... special thanks
Crew believed to be complete

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Rated R for violence and grisly afterviews, strong sexual content, language and some drug content
102 min

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17 out of 20 people found the following review useful.
An underrated, but powerful drama/action/adventure film., 15 November 2005
Author: Boricuaex from United States

Here's the cold, hard truth about John Hukert's "Hard": it is arguably the best film featuring a Gay lead character, and may very well be the only the film that features a Gay hero who also happens to be Hispanic. In my book, the lead, Ramon Vates, played by Noel Palomaria, is an instant icon for those Gay Hispanic men looking for visibility on the silver screen.

The story is simple: Ramon Vates, a rising star in the Los Angeles police department, is promoted to detective. His first assignment: to catch a psychopathic pedophile who serially kills young, Gay Caucasian male prostitutes. Vates, played effectively by Noel Palomaria, is himself Gay but desperately trying to keep his professional and personal life apart; it is a struggle he continually loses.

Vates' antagonist, Jack, wonderfully fleshed out by Malcolm Moorman, is the serial killer who is completely devoid of sympathy and single minded in his goal to kill and/or maim anyone and everyone who he comes into contact with regardless of their age or sex.

Hukert's directing may be a freshman outing, but it's a good one. I thought that Noel Palomaria had the more difficult job of trying to play a man disoriented by his burgeoning sexual identity which he continually tries to distance and keep from overwhelming him. Moorman's job as an actor was simple: No one is safe.

I also believe that Huckert's treatment of the actors translated well into the actor's treatment of the characters, respectful without being judgmental. I came away from the film feeling contented that sexual identity was not explained with casual, campy humor and bland caricatures.

Noel Palomaria and Malcom Moorman, visually, are an interesting pair to watch. Palomaria imbues his character's eyes with surprising adolescent earnestness; Moorman engenders his character's eyes and facial features with relentless malice: he was born to deceive as much as the other was born to be truthful. Their first meeting is fraught with palpable tension.

If Huckert's casting was accidental, it was an incredible stroke of luck; if it was planned, his tactic and strategy deserves much admiration.

Ultimately, however, if there is any fault that this piece has to bear it is probably lighting and cinematography. For some reason, in my mind I thought that the cinematographer and lighting could have worked better together. For some reason, I got the feeling as though there was a struggle between the camps--much in the same way that Palomaria's and Moorman's characters struggle with one another. That struggle is a distraction and the only reason that I did not rate the movie greater than the 9 stars I have assigned it.

Finally, Hukert's "Hard" attempts to undo the damage that William Friedkin wrought with his film, "Cruising", that suggested, minimally, that if you're Gay, there's already something wrong with you; a Gay man, pursuant to Friedkin's film, is sexually insatiable and deviant; he cannot be anything else but flawed.

Huckert's outing attempts and successfully draws the line between being Gay and being a sexual predator.

Moorman's Jack is a pedophile, a sick and twisted version of a man, homosexual sex for him is a by-product of his madness and offers no love.

Sex for Jack is an extension of his madness, and that extension, in every scene, is an exertion of power before he devours them. Only Palomaria's Vates manages to navigate Jack's abyss and avoid complete submersion.

My recommendation is that if you can find "Hard", watch it and watch it again. There is more than meets the eye upon secondary viewing, and my only wish is that "Hard" be shown to a much wider audience than the typical film festival circuit to give this important film the attention it deserves.

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