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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Little Joe (as Michael 'Bear' Taliferro)
Sonny Eckvall
49er Three
Agent Hartmann
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 USA:

$7,820,536, 17 November 2002, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$15,361,537, 15 December 2002
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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


This was Steven Seagal's last film to be given a theatrical release until the upcoming Machete (2010). All of his other films in between were released directly to video. See more »


'Yasmina Filali-Bohnen''s name is misspelled in the credits as "Yasmina Filall". See more »


Nick: [driving the stolen car] You know you're crazy, don't you?
Sasha: Yeah, cuckoo crazy!
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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 »


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


Written by Andre Parker, Irving Lorenzo, Jeffrey Atkins, Caddillac Tah, Ronnie Lane
Performed by Ja Rule, Caddillac Tah, Ronnie Bumps and Chink Santana
Courtesy of Murder Inc. Records L.L.C.
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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8 June 2006 | by 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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