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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

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>

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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, 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

This was the last movie to feature the 75th Anniversary variant of the 1990 Universal Studios logo. Every other feature from Universal after this movie, up until McHale's Navy (1997), used a short variant. See more »

Goofs

Nick and John cover their "Frog Dogs" with ketchup and mustard but when they pick up the hot dogs there is not much on them. 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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Referenced in Novocaine (2001) See more »

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Fightin' Boogie
Written by Harry Garfield
Performed by Pack and Plow
Courtesy of Pseudo Bwana Special Products
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James Woods
28 December 2013 | by kai ringlerSee all my reviews

One of my favorite movies of all time,, this one has everything for me,James Woods, steals the show, with all of his wise- cracking, one liners,, Michael J. Fox wasn't bad either,, LL COOL J is in it,, along with Delroy Lindo in supporting roles,, this movie is about an actor who wants to play a cop in one of his upcoming movies,, so he is assigned to do a ride along program with one of new York's toughest detectives,, all the while that this is happening,, there is a crime spree going in,, this crime has a name and it is the PartyCrasher, this villain, is really heinous, vile , and disgusting,, perfect for NYC. all in all I can't remember a funnier cop movie in quite awhile,, I really coulnt' find anything wrong with this movie at all,, would recommend to anyone who likes to laugh.


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