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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Little Joe (as Michael 'Bear' Taliferro)
Judge Jane McPherson
Guard Damon J. Kestner
Sonny Eckvall
49er Three
Wiliam T. Bowers ...
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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Fully armed. Totally outnumbered. Completely unexpected. 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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Box Office


$13,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


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

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The script to this film was written ten years prior to filming as The Rock (1996) but there was another script with the same title that was filmed so this one had to wait ten years later to be done See more »


When Judge Jane McPherson is thrown out of the helicopter at the end of the movie you can see a parachute under her shirt. See more »


Nick: [after seeing an inmate fall to his death climbing up a rope trying to escape] Damn!
Twitch: Your turn now Joe
Little Joe: My big black ass up that rope?
[Chuckles and playfully hits Nick]
Nick: Goddamn Joe!
Twitch: [to Nick] What about you, you little bitch? Wanna give it a try?
Nick: Nah, not me, that's not what I'm gonna do. But you, you can go on up there. Im gonna go over here, in my cell, watch you fall and bust your ass... you little biatch!
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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 »


Edited from Charlie's Angels (2000) See more »


Last Time
Written by Oji Pierce, Malik Miller, Ron Wilson
Performed by PB Hassan featuring Ron Wilson
Courtesy of Adwin Productions
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Pleasantly Surprised...
16 March 2003 | by (Toronto, Ontario) – See all my reviews

Say what you will about this movie, but it pleasantly surprised me. Sure, it has millions of cliches and isn't very original, but it was a good movie, in my opinion. Ja Rule and Seagal worked well together. There was actually some emotions in a Seagal movie, that shocked me by surprise. Pretty good action sequences and lots of gunfire and explosives, what more can you expect out of an action film. Don't believe all the negative reviews until you've seen it. You will either love it or hate it, but at least give it a view before you knock it. 7 out of 10 stars for me.

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