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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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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?


During production, Steven Seagal re-injured his knee, necessitating the casting of Wolfgang Lindner as an additional stunt double to Joseph Billingiere. See more »


49er One calls out for a rifle as he jumps into the electric chair pit, but his team did not bring any rifles to the island - only submachine guns. See more »


Sasha: [Sasha confesses to Nick about who he is] I'm undercover. F.B.I.
Nick: But you passed the lie detector test.
Sasha: That's nothing man. Anybody can do that.
Nick: [with anger in his voice] All this time... y ou've been settin' up on me.
[aims his weapon at Sasha]
Nick: I believed in you. I trusted you. Brought you into my family...
Nick: I vouched for you! And you betrayed me?
Sasha: It's not that simple.
Lester: [places hand on Nick's shoulder] Don't do it.
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Crazy Credits

The movie title plays as an overlay during the film's opening scene. See more »


Referenced in While We're Young (2014) See more »


The Pledge Remix
Written by Seven Aurelius, Irv Lorenzo, Ashanti (as Ashanti Douglas), Jeffrey Atkins,
Eric Baker, Shock-G (as Gregory Jacobs), Tupac Shakur, Stevie Wonder
Performed by Ja Rule featuring Ashanti, Nas and 2Pac
Ja Rule and Ashanti appear courtesy of Def Jam Records
Nas appears courtesy of Columbia Records
2Pac appears courtesy of Amaru Entertainment, Inc.
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
Contains a sample of "So Many Tears"
Performed by Tupac Shakur
Courtesy of Interscope Records
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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"Half past dead" is most appropriate
1 May 2005 | by See all my reviews

The best thing about the movie is the name, as it both describes the plot and the acting. At least they cannot say they didn't warn you... Kind of like the button labeled, "Don't push this".

Segal must have run out of things that move like planes, trains, and ships but the plot remains the same. Under cover guy who fights slowly, but still beats like 40 mercenary types and doesn't even blink when doing so. What amazes me is that Segal is now as big as a barn and the bad guys still cannot hit him in a hallway with a machine gun and 50 clips of ammo. Where do all these bullets actually go to? The only redeeming feature of this movie is watching Nia Peeples pound Ja Rule (real name Jeffrey Atkins doesn't quite sound so punk) into the floor. I could spend days watching that woman kick her foot over her shoulder like that... especially wearing an outfit like that! It was just a bonus watching Jeffy get is *ss kicked, and fun hoping one of those kicks actually landed. Sorry, it's just time we get stupid wannabe tough guy can't act rappers out of the movies. PLEEEEEASE! Who came up with idea anyway? I'd lay odds it was the person who decided that Cameron Diaz and Drew Barrymore would pass as witty athletic Angels.

The only surprising twist in this movie is that they don't do the politically correct thing and have Jeffy come in and save the day. No doubt if Snoop (otherwise known by his momma as Calvin Broadus which again doesn't sound so cool when you refer to him as Cal) had been in the movie, he'd throw some signs down on her and probably saved Segal's life or something.

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