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Hard Ticket to Hawaii (1987)

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In Hawaii, an undercover DEA agent and her civilian friend stumble upon a drug trafficking operation, and have to enlist the help of all their colleagues/friends to go after the vicious drug kingpin.

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Andy Sidaris

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Andy Sidaris
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ronn Moss ... Rowdy Abilene
Dona Speir ... Donna
Hope Marie Carlton ... Taryn
Harold Diamond Harold Diamond ... Jade
Rodrigo Obregón ... Seth Romero (as Rodrigo Obregon)
Cynthia Brimhall ... Edy
Patty Duffek Patty Duffek ... Pattycakes
Wolf Larson ... J.J. Jackson
Lory Green Lory Green ... Rosie
Rustam Branaman ... Kimo
David DeShay David DeShay ... Ashley
Michael A. Andrews Michael A. Andrews ... Michael / Michele (as Michael Andrews)
Kwan Hi Lim ... Henry
Joseph Hieu ... Bobby / Sumo Coach / Karate Villain
Peter Bromilow ... Mr. Chang
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Two drug enforcement agents are killed on a private Hawaiian island. Donna and Taryn, two operatives for The Agency, accidentally intercept a delivery of diamonds intended for drug lord Seth Romero, who takes exception and tries to get them back. Soon other Agency operatives get involved, and a full-scale fight to the finish ensues, complicated here and there by an escaped snake made deadly by Toxic Waste! Written by Ed Sutton <esutton@mindspring.com>

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Trivia

Initial flight scene filmed at Honolulu International Airport, small craft runway, on Oahu. Shortly after the plane takes off and the camera pans the background following the plane, and stops with a large pink building seen in the background. This is Tripler Army Medical Center (TAMC), the headquarters of the Pacific Regional Medical Command of the armed forces administered by the United States Army in the state of Hawaii. TAMC is the largest military hospital in the Asian and Pacific rim region. The hospital was founded in 1907, but the current building was commissioned in 1942 during the beginning of the US involvement in WWII. It was completed in 1948, and is located on the slopes of Moanalua Ridge overlooking the Honolulu neighborhoods of Moanalua and Salt Lake. It's massive coral pink structure can be seen from any point in the Honolulu District. See more »

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When the team set off along the beach in a 4WD to attack Romero's compound, there's a crew member, clearly visible in a bright red shirt, standing next to the vehicle before it starts moving. See more »

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Rowdy Abilene: Confucius say, "Man with deadly hands must be very careful while slapping on aftershave."
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Instead of opticals, all the credits are printed on brown packing paper and stuck on boxes and various items in the warehouse set both during the opening and end credits. See more »

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Hard Ticket
Written by Gary Stockdale and Bob Moore
Sung by Gary Stockdale
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Andy Sidaris' master-work
3 April 2016 | by Red-BarracudaSee all my reviews

With Hard Ticket to Hawaii, writer/director Andy Sidaris truly laid down the template he would forever follow. It wasn't his first movie, that was Malibu Express (1985), but that one unusually had a detective narrative and male lead. Of course, it also had lots of pleasingly excessive nudity involving a selection of busty beauties. Sidaris retained that latter element but refocused the plot where the protagonists were hot female action heroines. And so with Hard Ticket to Hawaii, Sidaris created his babes, bullets and explosions sub-genre. The story has two very hot women operate an airplane cargo delivery service in Hawaii. A large, toxic snake they are delivering escapes and they get mixed up in a scheme involving criminals and a cache of diamonds. Much entertainment follows.

I've seen all the Sidaris movies and I can say with some certainty that the aforementioned first two films in his filmography are his very best. And Hard Ticket to Hawaii is definitely his ultimate classic. It has all the elements of all his other films but it has more. Like the others, it's an action flick with the great idea of predominantly featuring 80's Playmates and it also has a commendable focus on beautiful breasts, with lots of somewhat basic acting and ropey dialogue to top things off. It even features some stalwarts of future Sidaris movies such as the gorgeous trio of Dona Speir, Hope Marie Carlton and Cynthia Brimhall, plus the acting colossus that is Rodrigo Obregon. And yet, it's the extra details that we have on top of this that elevate this one into classic status.

For a start, there are just more interesting things going on. Where most Sidaris movies have pretty forgettable plot-lines, this one sticks in the mind. We have a fairly routine bad guys versus good guys set-up but running alongside this there is the plot strand about the monstrous snake made toxic by infection by cancerous rats. Its pure psychotronic nonsense of the first order of course but quite brilliantly entertaining nonsense. We also have a transvestite hit-man, a skateboarding assassin with inflatable doll, a female bodybuilder interrogator, a razor-tipped Frisbee and a finale so hilariously over-the-top, it's frankly genius. The latter involves, amongst other things, a ludicrously over-extended death scene, a snake bursting out of a toilet, a bazooka and a motorbike crashing through a wall. If you can't enjoy this I feel sorry for you. And plus points have to automatically be given to any film where two beautiful women declare that they 'do their best thinking in the hot tub'. I like too how, despite celebrating their bodies, in Sidaris movies the women are always portrayed as resourceful and kick-ass and never dumb.

This is the one truly must-see Sidaris film. It feels like he threw everything at it and just added every idea he came up with regardless of how insane it was. He never really topped it ever again but then no one else has ever made a film of this particular type any better either. One of the all-time great 80's b-movies.


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March 1987 (USA) See more »

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Malibu Bay Films See more »
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