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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.

Director:

John Badham

Writers:

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:

Michael J. Fox as Hollywood's most spoiled movie star: James Woods as New York's angriest cop. See more »

Genres:

Action | Comedy | Crime

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong language | See all certifications »

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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

Gross USA:

$25,895,485

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$65,595,485
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Penny Marshall (Angie) and Kathy Najimy (Lang's Girl Friday) also worked together on Hocus Pocus; Najimy as witch Mary Sanderson and Marshall as the wife of her real life brother, Gary Marshall. See more »

Goofs

The subway shootout was shot in the Hoyt-Schermerhorn subway station in Brooklyn ("HOYT" is visible on the walls), even though all exterior shots show the station as Brooklyn Bridge-City Hall in lower Manhattan. 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 White Heat (1949) See more »

Soundtracks

Fightin' Boogie
Written by Harry Garfield
Performed by Pack and Plow
Courtesy of Pseudo Bwana Special Products
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"Do you notice anything different about our car?"
15 May 2002 | by gridoonSee all my reviews

Entertaining mix of action and comedy, at least for the first two-thirds of its length. Then there are some rather overextended action sequences and the film loses some of its comic edge. Still, the acting is first-rate all around, with Fox and Woods offering many laughs when the script gives them the chance, and Stephen Lang a highly enjoyable, totally loony villain. (**1/2)


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