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Out for a Kill (2003)

An unsuspecting university professor is an unwitting accomplice in a foiled Chinese cocaine deal. Wrongly imprisoned, he escapes to take his revenge and prove his innocence.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Tommie Ling
Ed Grey
Li Bo
Ozzie Yue ...
Fang Lee, 'The Barber'
Bruce Wang ...
Tang Zhili, 'The Bird'
Mr. Chang
Hon Ping Tang ...
Sai Lo
Dave Wong ...
Yin Quinshi
Wong Dai (as Chooi Kheng Beh)
Luo Yi
Maya Burns (as Kata Dobo)
Vincent Wong ...
Luo Dazhong
Ray Charleson ...
Harry 'Crash' Kupper


Archeology Professor Robert Burns is on location leading an important dig in the ancient ruins on the Far Eastern Chinese border. He accidentally discovers that the Chinese Mafia, the Tong, is using his newly discovered ancient Chinese artifacts to hide and smuggle narcotics across the border. Robert immediately tries to flee with his assistant and narrowly manages to escape the pursuing Tong but not without a heavy price. His loyal assistant is killed and he is framed with the evidence at the Chinese border by the Chinese military and U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency. He is locked up in a Chinese prison where he is guilty until proven innocent. His loving wife Maya vows to help get him out of jail. The DEA finally convinces the Chinese military that Robert may be of more help to them outside jail by leading them to the real smugglers. Once he leaves his Chinese prison cell Robert would rather enjoy his freedom back in the U.S. and keep his past behind him, but The Tong catches up to him ... Written by Philip Steinman <philipsteinman@earthlink.net>

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Out for revenge. Out for payback. See more »


Action | Crime | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence, language, nudity and some drug content | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

19 August 2003 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A professzor  »

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$14,000,000 (estimated)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


To this date, 2014, is the first of two collaborations between Steven Seagal and director Michael Oblowitz. The second collaboration is The Foreigner. See more »


When in the Chinese Barber Shop, the barber pulls the blind down over the door, a few seconds later, he closes it again. See more »


Prof. Robert Burns: I have to go to the bathroom.
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Performed by Klayton
Written by Klayton
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By Arrangement with Position Music
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With this one, Seagal has reached an all time low.
23 August 2003 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

I know there's really no excuse for renting a Steven Seagal movie these days but what can I say? I started watching his films as a kid (I saw his first film, ABOVE THE LAW at the theatre along with all that followed) and I figure since I've seen every one I can't stop now. Besides, I thought HALF PAST DEAD was a decent B action movie and I even got somewhat of a kick out of THE FOREIGNER even though I know it was a terrible film. I think I just enjoyed the bad guys (Max Ryan above the others) in that one for the most part though.

Well, Seagal has reached an all time low with his latest effort, appropriately titled OUT FOR A KILL (a cross between Seagal's OUT FOR JUSTICE and HARD TO KILL). Now I'm not gonna accuse Seagal of ever being able to act but in this one he's worse than ever before. Words roll of his tongue like he's hypnotized and void of all emotion. Not to mention that every time some text appears on the screen to tell you where the characters are, the words look like you've accessed the subtitle button yet you'll hear a sound like it's being typed out on a computer. If you don't know what I mean, you'll see if you're unfortunate enough to actually watch this one. This was the longest ninety-minute movie I have ever laid eyes on and I even had to put the fast forward button to use.

What's funny is, I went into this one expecting a bad movie (like I said before, I saw THE FOREIGNER, not to mention TICKER) and got something far worse. If the writer and director of this trash made more than 99 cents together than some poor producer wasted their cash (ha, Seagal received a producing credit on this one – way to go tough guy). I mean this is way below the caliber of even Seagal's previous bad ones. Poor guy. I don't know if you're supposed to feel sorry for an action hero in a movie but I did. He had to use camera tricks and stand in's to make it seem like he was even punching a guy. Seagal really shouldn't make any more movies. Oh well, as long as he does, I'll probably keep on renting ‘em. They're good for a laugh at least.

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