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Marked for Death (1990)

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A retired DEA agent is out to hunt down and take out a Jamaican drug posse that has targeted he and his family for murder.

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Dwight H. Little
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Steven Seagal ... John Hatcher
Basil Wallace ... Screwface
Keith David ... Max
Tom Wright ... Charles
Joanna Pacula ... Leslie
Elizabeth Gracen ... Melissa
Bette Ford ... Kate Hatcher
Danielle Harris ... Tracey
Al Israel ... Tito Barco
Arlen Dean Snyder ... Duvall
Victor Romero Evans Victor Romero Evans ... Nesta
Michael Ralph ... Monkey
Jeffrey Anderson-Gunter Jeffrey Anderson-Gunter ... Nago
Tony DiBenedetto Tony DiBenedetto ... Jimmy Fingers
Kevin Dunn ... Lt. Sal Roselli
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Storyline

Chicago DEA agent John Hatcher has just returned from Colombia, where his partner was killed in the line of duty by a drug dealer who has since been taken down. As a result of his partner's death, John has decided to retire, but his retirement may not be permanent. On the next day, after reuniting with his sister Melissa and Melissa's daughter Tracy, John gets into a shootout against a Jamaican drug kingpin known as Screwface, taking down some of Screwface's men. John brings himself out of retirement when Screwface retaliates by attempting to kill Melissa and Tracy. After the shooting, John is reunited with two old friends - a local high school football coach named Max, and a Jamaican Chicago cop named Charles. John and Max set out to hunt Screwface down, only to discover that Screwface has gone back to Jamaica. John and Max take Charles with them to Jamaica for an all out war against Screwface and his drug empire. Written by Todd Baldridge <sandib@eastky.com>

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He's a good cop. In a bad mood. See more »


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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 October 1990 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Screwface See more »

Filming Locations:

Pasadena, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$12,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$11,790,047, 7 October 1990

Gross USA:

$46,044,400

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$57,968,936
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo (4 channels)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Co-writers Michael Grais and Mark Victor included voodoo after talking with the LAPD. They learned more about the Jamaican gangs while doing ride alongs with the police. See more »

Goofs

Right parking light on the Mustang. See more »

Quotes

John Hatcher: [after killing Screwface and his twin brother] I hope they weren't triplets.
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Crazy Credits

The posse phenomenon is estimated to be a fraction of one percent of the Jamaican population and should not detract from their country or the contributions Jamaicans have made to this country. See more »

Alternate Versions

Swedish DVD is heavily cut, all violent scenes are shortened, especially when Hatcher breaks screwface's back and Hatcher pushing his thumbs into screwface's eyes. See more »

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Roots and Culture
Performed by Shabba Ranks
Written by Shabba Ranks (as Rexton Gordon)
Published by Gunsmoke Music, Adm. by Pow Wow Music
Courtesy of VP Records
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No superior force can dash Seagal's style...
4 January 2004 | by Nazi_Fighter_DavidSee all my reviews

In 'Marked for Death,' Seagal is simply a retired undercover troubleshooter for the DEA who moves back to his home town ignoring that Jamaican drug pushers known as posses are invading his old neighborhood... He sees his little niece hit after a shootout, and later his sister almost sacrificed in a voodoo ceremony...

Torture and maiming are posse trademarks and posse gunmen are said to prefer shooting their victims in public... Seagal never gives up and never loses his temper... He lets his actions speak for him... He perfectly knows that he has to strike the root in order to stop the evil-doers... He has to destroy their system, and kill their supreme leader... Otherwise they will never stop until he and his family are dead...

Seagal is steely eyed and calm yet quick on the trigger, skillful with the use of sword, and no superior force can dash his style... However, it is not just his talent as a martial-arts champ that has attracted his growing legion of fans but his enigmatic charisma...


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