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Tougher Than Leather (1988)

Legendary hip-hop group Run-D.M.C. stars in this cross between a blaxploitation film and a spaghetti western. They must find and punish the evil drug lord-record company executive who ... See full summary »

Director:

Rick Rubin

Writers:

Bill Adler (story, credit shared with Lyor Cohen), Ric Menello | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Darryl McDaniels ... Darryl 'DMC' McDaniels
Daniel Simmons Daniel Simmons ... Prison Warden
Jason Mizell ... Jason 'Jam Master Jay' Mizell
Joseph Simmons ... Joseph 'Run' Simmons
Richard Edson ... Bernie Carteez
George Godfrey George Godfrey ... Nathan Burdette
Rick Rubin ... Vic Ferrante
Ric Menello Ric Menello ... Arthur Ratnor
Steven N. Williams Steven N. Williams ... Vic's Bodyguard No. 2
Russell Simmons ... Himself
Adam Yauch ... Himself
Mike D ... Himself
Adam Horovitz ... Himself
Jenny Lumet ... Pam
Raymond White Raymond White ... Raymond 'Runny Ray' Walker
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Storyline

Legendary hip-hop group Run-D.M.C. stars in this cross between a blaxploitation film and a spaghetti western. They must find and punish the evil drug lord-record company executive who murdered their friend. Along the way, they encounter racist bikers, blonde bimbos, and the Beastie Boys! Written by Brad Carty

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Genres:

Crime | Drama | Music

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 September 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ciudad sangrienta See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$3,582,760
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Def Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Although he was never seen on screen, Eddie Murphy spent a lot of time on the set of the film hanging out with Run DMC and crew. See more »

Quotes

Vic Ferrante: Don't worry about Russel. We'll be nice to him now because it pays to be. But pretty soon I'll show him who carries the biggest dildo.
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Alternate Versions

Although the cinema release was uncut, the UK video was cut by 33 seconds to remove Steve getting his fingers broken. See more »

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Not bad, not bad at all!!
1 May 2000 | by matlock-6See all my reviews

I bought this film based entirely on the fact that I'm a RUN DMC fan, and I wasn't disappointed. It's surprisingly well directed, considering Rick Rubin is a record producer and as far as I know had no experience, and the acting is much better than you might expect. Jam Master Jay is especially good in a Tarantino-esqe storytelling scene in the beginning when DMC is released from prison and Jay and RUN go to pick him up. Run is also very good. DMC was great in his action scenes, and even though his lines weren't done wonderfully, he's not at all bad either. In fact, everyone does surprisingly well, for being mostly Musicians and their producers and managers. Jenny Lumet is really sexy as well as being a pretty good actress, I'm surprised that I haven't seen her more. Great action sequences, excellent introduction, and totally cool party scenes with Slick Rick and the Beastie Boys rapping, and DMC drinking from a 40 of OE. A very underrated movie!


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