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Hardware (1990)

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The head of a cyborg reactivates, rebuilds itself, and goes on a violent rampage in a space marine's girlfriend's apartment.

Director:

Richard Stanley

Writers:

Steve MacManus (story "SHOK!"), Kevin O'Neill (story "SHOK!") | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Carl McCoy ... Nomad
Iggy Pop ... Angry Bob
Dylan McDermott ... Moses Baxter
John Lynch ... Shades
Mark Northover ... Alvy
Stacey Travis ... Jill
Paul McKenzie Paul McKenzie ... Vernon
Lemmy ... Taxi Driver
William Hootkins ... Lincoln Wineberg Jr.
Mac McDonald ... Newscaster
Chris McHallem Chris McHallem ... Premier Boelgaxof
Barbara Yu Ling Barbara Yu Ling ... Chinese Mother
Oscar James Oscar James ... Chief
Arnold Lee Arnold Lee ... Chinese Family
Susie Savage Susie Savage ... Chinese Family (as Susie Ng)
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Storyline

In the future, a nuclear war has transformed the Earth into a radioactive wasteland where the sea has dried up leaving it as a post-apocalyptic desert. In the desert, A desert scavenger named Nomad discovers a robotic head, arriving in New York City, A space marine named Moses Baxter buys the robotic head from Nomad as a Christmas present for his girlfriend Jill Grakowski, who decides to use it for one of her sculptures. But all hell starts breaking loose, when the robotic head is activated and begins to rebuilt itself. When Alvy, a junkyard dealer discover the robotic head is a Mark 13, a military cyborg of a project that was abandoned. Moses learns Jill's life is in danger, as the Mark 13 cyborg goes on a violent rampage in Jill's apartment as Jill has become the the prime target for extermination. Written by Daniel Williamson

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It activates it exhilarates... it exterminates See more »

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Sci-Fi | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong violence, sexuality and language | See all certifications »

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Details

Official Sites:

Severin Films

Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 September 1990 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hardware See more »

Filming Locations:

London, England, UK See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,381,285, 16 September 1990

Gross USA:

$5,728,953

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$5,728,953
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

In the original theatrical release, the 2000AD magazine short story "Shok", was not given a "Based on" credit, as the story of the film was based on the short story. On the 2009 DVD release, "Shok" was credited, after the end of the end credits, acknowledging the original story that inspired the film. See more »

Goofs

After Jill attacks it with the buzz-saw, the Mark 13 steps back: if you look closely, you can see the legs of the man underneath the droid suit. The same thing can be seen towards the end as Jill and the robot are entering the bathroom. See more »

Quotes

Shades: It's my heart - it feels like an alligator.
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Alternate Versions

The film was uncut in New Zealand and was given the R18 rating. When the film was released on DVD in New Zealand, also uncut, it was given the R16 rating. See more »

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Edited into Brave (1994) See more »

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Cold Metal
Written by Iggy Pop
Performed by Iggy Pop
©1979 James Osterberg Music
Used by permission of Warner Chappell Music Ltd.
Licenced courtesy of A&M Records, Inc.
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The script really lets this one down.
8 June 2003 | by InfofreakSee all my reviews

I've never really understood what some people see in 'Hardware'. I thought it was mediocre when I first watched it a couple of years after it was released, and a second viewing more recently did nothing to make me rate it higher. The movie's special effects and overall visual look are quite impressive for such a low budget movie, and that is just about the only positive thing I can say about it. The script is lousy - a seen-it-all-before rehash of second hand ideas (most notably 'Stalker', 'Mad Max 2' and 'The Terminator') that goes nowhere... slowly. Dylan McDermott is now much better known due to his TV success, but it still doesn't mean he's a very dull leading man. Stacey Travis ('Ghost World') is also pretty forgettable. John Lynch ('In The Name Of The Father') and William Hootkins ('American Gothic') are much more interesting performers, but they weren't enough to salvage this one. And the less said about the completely pointless cameo from rock legend Lemmy (Motorhead) the better. 'Hardware' is difficult to recommend. I say stick with the much more entertaining killer robot thrillers 'Saturn 3' and 'The Terminator'. However I wouldn't let this movie put you off Richard Stanley's later movie 'Dust Devil'. It isn't without some faults but it's ten times more interesting than 'Hardware', and definitely worth a look.


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