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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.

Director:

Bruce Malmuth

Writer:

Steven McKay

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Cast

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
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Storyline

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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

He's L.A. Detective Mason Storm. Three hired assassins left him for dead. And he's waited seven years to even the score. See more »


Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 February 1990 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Seven Year Storm See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$9,213,631, 11 February 1990

Gross USA:

$47,410,827

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$47,410,827
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo (4 channels)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Warner Bros. demanded for movie to be heavily cut and re-edited down to 90 minutes long running time in order to be more straightforward and fast paced movie and to have more theatrical screenings. Same type of re-editing also happened to other Steven Seagal movies that he made for Warner Bros. Some scenes were cut while some others, including parts of the plot, were deleted, which is why movie suffers from bad editing in certain parts. Some of the scenes which were deleted during re-editing are; Original opening scene between Storm and his wife and son, Trent's men interrogate and kill Andy's black nurse friend, longer deleted part of the movie where Storm's son Sonny is kidnapped by Trent's men but manages to escape, O'Malley's funeral scene, and more dialogue between characters in many other scenes. Reportedly, alternate ending was also filmed where Storm kills Trent and says "Take that to the bank". Storm is shown saying this line in theatrical trailer, which indicates that there indeed was alternate ending where Trent dies. See more »

Goofs

When the Jeep driven by Mason Storm hits the bad guy in the field, the bad guy flies straight up into the air. The laws of physics dictate that he would fly away from the Jeep in the same direction as the Jeep is traveling, if not simply get run over. See more »

Quotes

[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 »

Connections

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Soundtracks

Mexican Hat Dance
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User Reviews

 
Tension,thriller,intrigue with the tough Seagal in a film narrated with great agility and fast movement
20 November 2006 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

The picture talks on the police agent called Storm(Seagal)whose family is wiped out by a corrupt politician, he is severely wounded and spends several years in coma.He awakes and executes a terrible vendetta, the happenings go out of control ,causing an incredible body-count against numerous evil-doers(William Sadler,Branscombe Richmond).He is only helped by a gorgeous nurse(his wife Kelly Le Brock,now days is divorced)and a good cop(Frederick Coffin). The film is combined of unstopped action,shoot out,violence,fighting, romance between both protagonists and a minimum characterization.Beside abundant fist fights in which body parts are slice off and limbs are slit or blasted apart.Savage and brutal killings make only recommended for those adults no squeamish and with strong stomach enough to take it.The movie gets a certain similarity with Charles Bronson films from ¨Death wish¨series for the matter,the avenger,thus the main personage ,the Vigilante, makes of judge,jury and executioner.It's a run a mill action movie because from the start until the end the action packed is continued ,in fact ,the final confrontation is breathtaking and extremely violent.The film is from Steven Seagal first period when the movies were of middling or high budget(Above the law,Marked for death,Out of justice,On deadly ground,The patriot),nowdays are of bow budget(Out of kill,Submerged,Foreigner,Black Dawn). The picture has an atmospheric synthesizer music fitting to action by David Michael Frank,nicely cinematography by Matthew F. Leonetti and is well realized by Bruce Malmuth.The motion picture provides fast and furious amusing and action nonstop with no sense developed with fast pace and movement.It's a must for the Seagal fans.


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