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

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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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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?


Although Writer/Director Don Michael Paul praises Steven Seagal in the "Making-of featurette" on the DVD, he has since gone on to give interviews saying that Seagal was a disruptive force on the set and that he would constantly turn up late and delay production for no apparent reason. 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 »


Justice Jane McPherson: The jury decided; I presided.
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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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8 June 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The story is a cool concept, but the choices for the acting's sake weren't cool at all. Ja Rule was an ignorant cocky character but Seagul was actual very likable. I felt as though this film doesn't get the respect it deserves because Steven Seagul was in it. The dialogue was mediocre, some parts though were really random though. The scene where "Twitch" blows up the door seemed dumb. As well as the scene where Steve and Morris fight in the chains. And did anyone else notice that no one ever hit the bullets they shot? Anyway, the female who played the Supreme Court Justice member was actually enjoyable to watch.

All in all, Half Past Dead is just mindless fun, pretty good.


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