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Wanted: Dead or Alive (1987)

This movie features a character who is a descendant of the character played by Steve McQueen in the television series of the same name. And like McQueen's Josh Randall, Hauer's Nick Randall... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Nick Randall
... Malak Al Rahim
... Philmore Walker
... Terry
... Det. Danny Quintz
Susan MacDonald ... Louise Quintz
... John Lipton
... Patrick Donoby
... Dave Henderson
... Robert Aziz
Joseph Nasser ... Hasson
Suzanne Wouk ... Jamilla
Gerald Papasian ... Abdul Renza (as Gerald Papasyan)
... Amir
Hammam Shafie ... Chemical Expert
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This movie features a character who is a descendant of the character played by Steve McQueen in the television series of the same name. And like McQueen's Josh Randall, Hauer's Nick Randall is also a bounty hunter. & also an ex-CIA operative, who is asked by his former employer to help them track down a terrorist, Malak Al Rahim, who is in the country, and has already made a move. But he is also looking for Randall, and the people, whom Randall is working for, is telling Malak, where he can find Randall. Written by <rcs0411@yahoo.com>

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16 January 1987 (USA)  »

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$7,555,000
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After waking up the first morning on his boat the "HMS Bounty", Rutger Hauer's Nick Randall character is wearing a Chicago Bears Super Bowl Champs For 1986 t-shirt. This implies that the movie was filmed and released very soon afterwards. See more »

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About a third of the way through, Nick and other policemen are trying to disarm a suspect holding seven sticks of dynamite only 100 feet away. The dynamite explodes much less than it should; seven sticks of dynamite would level a house, and everyone would have to be at least 300 feet away to avoid serious injury or death. See more »

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Philmore Walker: The next time you fuck me, kiss me first!
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References Rambo: First Blood Part II (1985) See more »

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Live Bait
Written by Joe Renzetti and Simon Stokes
Performed by Delaney Bramlett
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"I don't like cops and they don't like me."
27 March 2013 | by See all my reviews

Unassuming 80s b-grade action joint that delivers on what counts. Helping largely is the charismatic performance of Rutger Hauser as a former CIA agent turned bounty hunter on the trail of international terrorist planting bombs around L.A, which is played with menacing glee by Gene Simmons. His slimy character is one real nasty piece of work. Hauser just reeks of coolness clutching at his pump-up shotgun and harmonica. There's a great final exchange of dialogue by Hasuer to Simmons' captive character.

Director / co-writer Gary Sherman (""Vice Squad", "Dead & Buried" and "Death Line") keeps it tightly engaging with well-timed, punishing action set-pieces that pack a punch and devious plotting keeps one step ahead. The laid-back script throws up some macho, but memorable dialogues. What occurs isn't anything out of the ordinary and plot progression can become contrived, but the familiar, straight-forward nature has its excitement and the performances are suitably tailored. The support has some reliable faces in the shape of Jerry Hardin, Robert Guillaume, Mel Harris and William Russ. Very 80's soundtrack too. But that's not a bad thing here.

"I hate getting stabbed in the back."


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