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John Huckert (screenplay) and
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11 August 2000 (Spain) See more »
Le film que L'Amerique a voulu interdire [FR] See more »
When a series of brutal killings of young male hustlers awakens the police to the threat of a serial killer... See more » | Add synopsis »
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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)
Tricia Collins ... Mrs. Hyatt (as Trish Elliot)
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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9 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
Needs one more revision and new actors, 19 April 1999

Hard is about a gay serial killer and the gay detective who is forced to go after him. It has an interesting story: the closeted gay detective is abruptly forced out of the closet after the killer handcuffs him to his bed and makes off with his badge. He then becomes a suspect himself... and all that.

The script needed to be revised one or two more times. The strong plot twist and themes are too muddled here to really come across well, and many of the main character's actions are STOOPID. (For instance, this man, supposedly a detective, who has just endured a long ordeal with a serial killer, opens his door for anyone who says "pizza"-- when he didn't even ORDER a pizza! It was like an unintentional parody of the Saturday Night Live "Land Shark" routine. I personally thought he should be killed). There is a good moment when he and his partner are under a bridge where they aren't supposed to be when a body falls out of nowhere-- but this is never really developed. And for every moment like that there are three lines like "Where does all the hate come from?" This film had a strong idea and good elements, just needed to tie them together better.

The second HUGE problem is that very few of the people on screen can act. The two leads are relatively good, but the rest-- whew. The worst is the detective's partner, who cannot utter one single convincing line. At first I thought he was just being ironic. But no. There are times in this film when you just hold the sides of your temples. THE performance of the film belongs to the guy who plays Tex. I want someone to make "The Tex Story" now. He was the funniest and most convincing character in the film.

This film CAN be lauded for not being overly politically correct, for showing butcher gay men (who seem to never show up in other films), and for generally being brave and different, but there ARE a bunch of hideous clichés. Naturally, when the detective comes out, he MUST be beaten up. It's just the way, isn't it? And a lot of the angst over coming out is a little too played up, I think.

I WOULD recommend that you see it, if you're gay and interested in keeping up with gay film-- because this is the first film of this kind that I have seen, and very different from the typical "two-schoolboys-in-love -- but-can-they-tell-his-mother?" fare. And the production quality is generally good. But... the gay Scorsese is still out there, undiscovered.

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