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The Hard Way (1980)

A professional assassin is coerced into taking on one last job.

Director:

Michael Dryhurst

Writers:

Kevin Grogan, Richard Ryan (as Richard F. Tombleson)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Patrick McGoohan ... John Connor
Lee Van Cleef ... McNeal
Edna O'Brien Edna O'Brien ... Kathleen
Donal McCann ... Ryan
Ronan Wilmot ... Flynn
Kevin Flood Kevin Flood ... Duval
Joe Lynch Joe Lynch ... Devane
Derek Lord ... Casey
Michael Muldoon Michael Muldoon ... Hogan
John Cowley John Cowley ... Graveyard Caretaker
James A. Stephens ... 1st Mercenary
Richard McAdoo Richard McAdoo ... 2nd Mercenary
Peter Brayham Peter Brayham ... French Hitman
Mesag Muruko Mesag Muruko ... Father Cressy
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A professional assassin is coerced into taking on one last job.

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Thriller

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This project was developed by John Boorman. See more »

Goofs

During the target practice scene, the target appears with a grouping of hits in the lower right of the bulls-eye, followed by a shot of a target with a grouping that is all dead center, and finally we see the target with the grouping in the lower right again. See more »

Quotes

Kathleen: [she continues] He came and went like a thief. He took his shotgun. It was the last thing of his left in the house. And when I saw it gone, I thought thanks be to God, it's finished. I've seen the last of him.
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Events In Dense Fog
from album "Music for Films"
Music by Brian Eno
Courtesy of EG Records
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A brooding tale of tragedy; under-rated and worth a look
15 August 1999 | by GlaschuSee all my reviews

A brooding film in which one feels the angst of the retiring Irish hit-man (Patrick McGoohan) who foolishly agrees to do one last assassination. This quiet film is poignantly "narrated" by the gunman's estranged wife whose memories enter the story to provide a framework and background for the tragic figure and his family. Any "Prisoner" fan will see parallels between aspects of this plot and McGoohan's previous series: an agent who wants to give up his covert work but is not let off the hook so easily by his masters. The agent decides to leave anyway and is pursued relentlessly by his former bosses. In "The Hard Way" this pursuit takes us through rural Ireland to a dramatic showdown with Lee Van Cleef. An understated, interesting study, worth a look.


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Country:

Ireland | UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 February 1980 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Camino dificil See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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