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Hard to Kill (1990)

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Left for dead with his wife killed in their house, L.A. Detective Mason Storm will have to make a quick recovery, expose those behind the murder and take revenge.


Bruce Malmuth


Steven McKay





Cast overview, first billed only:
Steven Seagal ... Mason Storm
Kelly LeBrock ... Andy Stewart (as Kelly Le Brock)
William Sadler ... Senator Vernon Trent (as Bill Sadler)
Frederick Coffin ... Lt. Kevin O'Malley
Bonnie Burroughs ... Felicia Storm
Andrew Bloch ... Capt. Dan Hulland
Branscombe Richmond ... Max Quentero
Charles Boswell ... Jack Axel
Zachary Rosencrantz Zachary Rosencrantz ... Sonny Storm
Lou Beatty Jr. ... Carl Becker
Nick DeMauro Nick DeMauro ... Calabrese
Nick Corello Nick Corello ... James Valero
Justin De Rosa Justin De Rosa ... Mikey
Stanley Brock ... Counterman
Evan James Evan James ... Danny


Following up on a lead, L.A. Detective Mason Storm gathers evidence against the Mob and its political supporters but unfortunately, he is being monitored secretly, and when his cover gets blown, he will be home invaded and left for dead. Seven years later, Storm unexpectedly recovers from his deep coma only to realise that he needs to finish what he started and finally get even. In the end, now that Storm is unstoppable, no one will deny him of his rightful and devastatingly violent retribution. Who can be a match for a dead man's fury? Written by Nick Riganas

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Nico's back and this time he's even more harder to kill. See more »


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Did You Know?


Was filmed with the title "Seven Year Storm" and publicized in several trade magazines with that name. Warner Bros. decided to re title the finished pic "Hard to Kill" to make it sound more like a slam-bang action film. See more »


When Storm wakes from his coma his dark beard has two white streaks either side of his mouth leading down to his chin, later in the hide out lodge they are gone. See more »


[first lines]
Mason Storm: Come on. Let's go, guys. I'm missin' the Oscars.
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Alternate Versions

The UK cinema version was cut by 12 seconds to gain an '18' rating. The shotgun-in-the-mouth wardrobe scene was cut, as was the kick Seagal delivers to the face of the man with the snooker cue in his neck. The cut cinema version was submitted for the pan-and-scan video release in 1990. The previous cuts made to HARD TO KILL were restored for the 1999 video release (which came in a box set with cut versions of NICO (ABOVE THE LAW) and OUT FOR JUSTICE) and all DVD versions are also uncut. See more »


Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: Master Ninja I (1992) See more »


Feels So Good
Written and Performed by Chuck Mangione
Courtesy of A&M Records
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"Looks like you won the Oscar tonight Stone".
19 February 2011 | by lost-in-limboSee all my reviews

Steven Seagal is a hard man to kill. Especially when he's out to stop corruption. Watch out thugs and government officials (oh we know how corrupt they are). As Seagal hands out plenty of broken arms, but before getting warmed up (although he does encounter some thugs in a shop outlet) he's gunned down in his home with his family murdered. After being comatose for 7 years he awakes and now he's out to settle a score. All the best moments come when Seagal is laying flat in bed doing nothing and everything after that is a bonus. Where can you get a comatose Seagal with long stringy hair, a fuzzy beard, Kelly Labrock asking if he wants a little pussy and then putting a little kitten by his head. Oh there are some priceless dialogues… also Seagal's usual philosophical banter. Before exacting revenge… He's targeted but escapes from the hospital while still lying in his bed. On the run he recovers with Labrock in a secluded house that she's house-sitting. Now we go through the motions… Seagal's motions. Healing physically and mentally… the Buddha way. Being stoically humorous, running up hills, breaking wooden planks and thinking of the past. Then he gets a little bored (decked back in black leather jacket, tight jeans and sporting the slick ponytail); but he doesn't have to go to them as they come to him. His almighty senses come to light (you know that sixth sense) and formulaic taut action erupts. Simple-minded revenge - brutal, scorching and explosive. Don't think about it (ridiculously plotted), just enjoy it. It's a tough, unpleasant barrage of set-pieces and we know how Seagal enjoys playing fair. The bad guys are your typical smarmy lot and cop a beating, a painful beating. "I'm gonna take you to the bank… . The blood bank".

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Release Date:

9 February 1990 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Seven Year Storm See more »


Box Office


$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$9,213,631, 11 February 1990

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo (4 channels)


Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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