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Love the Hard Way (2001)

R  |   |  Drama, Crime, Romance  |  27 March 2003 (Germany)
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The story of a petty thief who meets an innocent young woman and brings her into his world of crime while she teaches him the lessons of enjoying life and being loved.

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Boris
Michael G. Chin ...
Asian Businessman #1
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The story of a petty thief who meets an innocent young woman and brings her into his world of crime while she teaches him the lessons of enjoying life and being loved.

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Drama | Crime | Romance

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Rated R for sexual content, language and violence | See all certifications »
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27 March 2003 (Germany)  »

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Amar al límite  »

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$10,721 (USA) (6 June 2003)

Gross:

$43,571 (USA) (11 July 2003)
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Debbie: I'm talking about Jack, he's the one that's going to hell.
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Con-man with a tough exterior and a soft center
8 April 2010 | by (Old London, New England) – See all my reviews

Adrien Brody plays a hard-boiled con-man who lures Japanese businessmen into assignations with hand-picked call-girls - and then poses as a vice cop in order to extract bribes for overlooking their transgressions. Pam Grier is equally hard-boiled as a real detective vowing to end his shake-down enterprise. The cynical scam artist's life becomes increasingly complicated when he meets a beautiful graduate student who falls for him. It isn't long before she has dismantled his tough exterior to reveal a sensitive soul who dreams of being a writer. He resists the girl's efforts to get him to reform, and subsequently rejects her, so she decides on a dangerous strategy to win him back. In different hands - and with a less talented cast - 'Love The Hard Way' would likely be a horrible mess. In this instance writer/director Peter Sehr and cinematographer Guy Dufaux avoid the usual traps and invest the story with some genuine originality - while Brody and Charlotte Ayanna give the star-crossed lovers poignant depth as they wind their tormented way towards a resolution of their problems. Like the movie itself, they walk a tightrope between the gritty and sentimental, and it turns out to be an unusually moving journey.


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