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Half Past Dead (2002)

PG-13  |   |  Action, Crime, Thriller  |  15 November 2002 (USA)
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This movie tells the story of a man who goes undercover in a hi-tech prison to find out information to help prosecute those who killed his wife. While there he stumbles onto a plot involving a death-row inmate and his $200 million stash of gold.


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Alcatraz Guard


A criminal mastermind has set in motion a plan to infiltrate a high tech prison in order to persuade a death row inmate to reveal the whereabouts of $200 million worth of gold. It's up to an undercover FBI agent to stop him before it's too late. Written by Anonymous

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The Good. The Bad. And the Deadly. See more »


Action | Crime | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for pervasive action violence, language and some sexual content | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

15 November 2002 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Lockdown  »

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$13,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$7,820,536 (USA) (15 November 2002)


$409,207 (France) (9 May 2003)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


All indoor prison scenes were shot in an old STASI prison in Berlin/Germany. See more »


At the end of the movie the color of the sky and parachute change between shots. See more »


Sasha: [Sasha talks to Nick in the prison] Well, for the record. I couldn't have done it without you.
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Crazy Credits

During the end credits, 'Twitch' and his 'wife' engage in a hilarious conversation in the visiting room at the prison. See more »


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Written by Andre Parker, Irving Lorenzo, Jeffrey Atkins, Caddillac Tah, Ronnie Lane
Performed by Ja Rule, Caddillac Tah, Ronnie Bumps and Chink Santana
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Fast, fun, action packed!
27 November 2002 | by (Studio City) – See all my reviews

Hey, Half Past Dead isn't Oscar material, but if you're looking for a fun action movie it's pretty darn good. Steven Seagal and Ja Rule star as prisoners who must save hostages taken at the new Alcatraz. Morris Chestnut is the baddie who has taken hostages to force a death row inmate to reveal the whereabouts of 200 million in U.S. gold. There are several good fight scenes and plenty of action. Seagal is good as always. This is a must see for his fans. It ranks above Hard to Kill, Marked for Death, Ticker, The Patriot, and On Deadly Ground.


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