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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 ... 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 »


Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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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, 8 October 1990

Gross USA:

$46,044,396

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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Trivia

The theatrical trailer uses Sylvester Levay's score from 'Cobra (1986). See more »

Goofs

Real Chicago Police Department squad cars use all-blue roof light bars ("Mars lights"), not the combination red/blue light bars seen here. See more »

Quotes

John Hatcher: God made men.
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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 »

Connections

Referenced in Cinemassacre Video: Underrated Action Movies (2019) See more »

Soundtracks

Steppin' Razor
Performed by Peter Tosh
Written by Joe Higgs
Published by Joe Higgs Music, Adm. by Wixen Music Publishing
Courtesy of CBS Records, Music Licensing Dept.
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One thought he was invincible, the other thought he could fly....They were both wrong!
17 November 2009 | by SeagalogistSee all my reviews

Of course they were! (That is the best line from this, or perhaps any movie)

This, the third of Seagal's 4 greatest movies ('Above the law', 'hard to kill' and 'out for justice' being the others) delivers on all fronts. It is vintage Seagal. If you have seen and enjoyed 'Under Siege', then check the afformentioned titles out. They are truly gritty action movies, with the usual glimpse of Seagal-like humour. Simple stories with simple and often brutal outcomes.

In Marked for Death we focus on John Hatcher, who is forced to retire from the DEA after his partner and friend is killed when undercover. Fed up with the system, he returns to his hometown and finds gangs of 'Jamaicans' (known as Posses) selling drugs to schoolkids. This sickens Hatcher, and when he and an old friend try and stop it, they become 'Marked for Death'.

I must say, this is a great action movie, they just don't make it like this anymore. My personal favourite, 'Hard to kill' is slightly better in my opinion, but they are all great movies. They don't try and complicate the plot too much, because it knows the audience wants action, not plot twists and a simple story, that's somewhat believable.

One fault is the ridiculous body doubles used for some Jamaicans in some fight scenes (white people with Bob Marley wigs painted brown), but for me, this just adds to the enjoyment.

Check it out for sure.


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