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Half Past Dead (2002)

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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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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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gold | prison | fbi | undercover | alcatraz | See more »

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Fully armed. Totally outnumbered. Completely unexpected. See more »

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Action | Crime | Thriller

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

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15 November 2002 (USA)  »

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Budget:

$13,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

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

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

Goofs

In the infirmary fight, the bad guy pulls a pistol on Sasha, and the "bullets" hitting the surrounding scenery do not follow the path in which the gun is pointed. See more »

Quotes

Nick: [after Sasha's confession, Nick needs the whole truth about his being in Alcatraz] Yo, you need to break a few things down to me.
Sasha: Yeah, what am I doing here? Maintaining my cover, earning your trust.
Nick: [dryly] You already screwed that up.
Sasha: The Bureau thought that if we did time together you might trust me with more sensitive information when we got back out on the streets.
Nick: [puzzled] Ya'll want Sonny that bad?
Sasha: [miserably] My wife's dead because of him. She died when one of his men jacked my car and put...
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The movie title plays as an overlay during the film's opening scene. See more »

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Referenced in L.A. Twister (2004) See more »

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The Name of the Game
Performed by The Crystal Method
Composed by K. Jordan, S. Kirkland, T. Morello
Courtesy of Geffen Records under license from Universal Music
Enterprises / Outpost Recordings
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Not the worst Seagal has done in recent years... but still not that good
11 November 2003 | by (Victoria, BC) – See all my reviews

Two rules to go by are: Movies made by Franchise Pictures, or distributed by Screen Gems, are movies to avoid. This movie was made by Franchise Pictures AND distributed by Screen Gems! Not only that, but it has Steven Seagal - it's hard to believe that ten years or so ago he was doing so well. It's a shock to see him here, with a puffy face (and torso) and his hair looking lighter. Not surprisingly, his fight scenes are directed with quick cuts and simple martial arts movies that even an amateur could pull off. He seems very disinterested by what's happening, even a little out of it. He shouldn't be surprised that it's his career that's half past dead.

The director, Don Michael Paul, seems to have no ability to direct an action scene, martial art OR weapon-oriented. He uses annoying techniques like slow-motion or fast-motion to try and be "edgy", I guess. He also has problems telling a story, with some notable gaps that filled would have made some plot points more clear. He was working with a tight budget, which explains some things like numerous close-ups and somewhat impoverished sets. (Plus outdoor locations that clearly aren't in the United States, even though the movie is supposed to be taking place there.) Still, the movie moves along with nary a slow spot, and as problem-filled as it is, it's slicker and less annoying than Seagal movies like TICKER and THE FOREIGNER.


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