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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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Taglines:

In the 21st century there will be a new endangered species...man. See more »

Genres:

Sci-Fi | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

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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:

M.A.R.K. 13 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

The band that Jill watches on TV while she makes the sculpture is Gwar, though the music is Ministry's "Stigmata". 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

Angry Bob: [on radio] Kill! Kill! Kill! Today's death count is 578.
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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 »

Connections

Referenced in De Kijk van Koolhoven: Post-apocalyptische film (2018) See more »

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Bad Life
Performed by Iggy Pop
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Bleak View of the Future of Mankind
19 June 2014 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

In a post-apocalyptic future, Earth is taken by radioactivity and the ozone depletion causes high temperatures. A nomad (Carl McCoy) wanders in the desert and finds an android head and hand. He brings the parts to sell to the seller Alvy (Mark Northover), but the soldier Moses "Mo" (Dylan McDermott) buys the head to give to his girlfriend Jill (Stacey Travis), who is an artist that makes sculptures.

Mo and his friend Shades (John Lynch) go to New York to meet Jill and she uses the head in her sculpture. Meanwhile Alvy researches the origin of the head and discovers that it belongs to the dangerous project Mark 13 that was provided with artificial intelligence and programmed to rebuild itself, but deactivated by the authorities because of its vulnerability to the rain. He summons Mo to tell his discovery and Jill is left alone with the lethal machine that is rebuilding itself with the parts she uses in her sculptures.

"Hardware" is a sci-fi B-movie with a bleak view of the future of mankind. The story is very simple and the special effects and robots are great for a movie from the 90's. Unfortunately the cinematography is too dark, but the music score is magnificent. My vote is six.

Title (Brazil): "Hardware - O Destruidor do Futuro" ("Hardware – The Destroyer of the Future")


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