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The Hard Way (1991)

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An action movie star researching a role is allowed to tag along with a hardboiled New York City policeman, who finds him superficial and irritating.

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John Badham

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Lem Dobbs (story), Michael Kozoll (story) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael J. Fox ... Nick Lang
James Woods ... John Moss
Stephen Lang ... Party Crasher
Annabella Sciorra ... Susan
John Capodice ... Grainy
Luis Guzmán ... Pooley (as Luis Guzman)
LL Cool J ... Billy
Mary Mara ... China
Delroy Lindo ... Captain Brix
Conrad Roberts ... Witherspoon
Penny Marshall ... Angie
Christina Ricci ... Bonnie
George Cheung ... Drug Dealer
Frank Geraci Frank Geraci ... Newsman
Sophie Maletsky Sophie Maletsky ... Pizza Waitress
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Storyline

Nick Lang is a famous Hollywood actor, well known for his action movies. For his next movie, he needs the proper motivation and inspiration for his role. Thus he teams up with the reluctant New York policeman Lt. John Moss. Not only does he have to put up with Nick, who is laborious and out of touch with realities, but he also has to catch a coldblooded murderer. Written by Mattias Pettersson <seaman@sbbs.se>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

There's only one way these two are going to get along... the Hard Way. See more »

Genres:

Action | Comedy | Crime

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 March 1991 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Duro de aguantar See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,301,470, 10 March 1991, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$25,895,485

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$65,595,485
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The film was originally slated to shoot for sixteen weeks, but it was reduced to thirteen because producer and second unit director Rob Cohen was shooting at the same time as John Badham in different locations, to save more time and money. See more »

Goofs

As Susan is falling from the Smoking Gunn II billboard onto Nick Lang's cigar a harness rope is briefly visible. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Operator: 9-1-1 Emergency.
Party Crasher: Hello there! It's me - again! Well, what can I say? I'm about to crash another party.
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Connections

References Saboteur (1942) See more »

Soundtracks

El Milloncito
Written by Cuco Valoy and Jose Pena Suazo
Performed by Cuco Valoy
Courtesy of Kubaney Records
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Wham! Pow! Bam!
5 January 2002 | by =G=See all my reviews

"The Hard Way" is a good old fashioned popcorn flick which gets off to a fast start and keeps moving until the credits roll. Fox plays an Indiana Jones type adventure movie star who goes to NYC to hang with a badass cop (Woods) to learn what being a cop is like and becomes embroiled in a serial killer caper. The well crafted, unpredictable screenplay is chock full of action, comedy, stunts, suspense, light drama, etc. with nary a dull moment to be found. Good not-to-be-taken-seriously Hollywood fun stuff worth a second look for those who saw it a decade ago.


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