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Hard Target (1993)

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A woman hires a drifter as her guide through New Orleans in search of her father, who has gone missing. They discover a deadly game of cat and mouse behind his disappearance in the process.

Director:

John Woo

Writer:

Chuck Pfarrer
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Chuck Pfarrer ... Douglas Binder
Robert Apisa Robert Apisa ... Mr. Lopacki (as Bob Apisa)
Arnold Vosloo ... Pik van Cleef
Lance Henriksen ... Emil Fouchon
Douglas Rye Douglas Rye ... Frick (as Douglas Forsythe Rye)
Mike Leinert Mike Leinert ... Frack (as Michael D. Leinert)
Yancy Butler ... Natasha 'Nat' Binder
Lenore Banks ... Marie
Willie C. Carpenter ... Elijah Roper (as Willie Carpenter)
Jean-Claude Van Damme ... Chance Boudreaux
Barbara Tasker Barbara Tasker ... Waitress
Kasi Lemmons ... Det. Marie Mitchell
Randy Cheramie Randy Cheramie ... Shop Steward
Eliott Keener Eliott Keener ... Randal Poe
Robert Pavlovich ... Detective
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Storyline

Natasha Binder comes to New Orleans looking for her father, who has gone missing. In doing so, she meets a very hard man called Chance. He helps her find out that her father was killed by an organisation who sell the opportunity to hunt human prey. They are taking advantage of a police strike in New Orleans. Will the Muscles from Brussels win through? Written by John Hartnup <hartnupj@cs.aston.ac.uk>

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Catch him if you can. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for a great amount of strong violence, and for language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

20 August 1993 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hard Target See more »

Filming Locations:

White Castle, Louisiana, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$18,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,106,500, 22 August 1993

Gross USA:

$32,589,677

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$74,189,677
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (cut) | (unrated) | (Workprint Version)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo (4 channels)| DTS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Sven-Ole Thorsen's only line as Stephan ("The place is clean; he just left.") was dubbed to cover his thick Danish accent. See more »

Goofs

During the motorcycle chase on the highway, Chance leaves Nat off at barricade section. When he rides toward the oncoming cars, she has disappeared from the background. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Douglas Binder: [trying to open a locked door] Please...
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Alternate Versions

Despite the R-rating on the cover, the American blu-ray releases of the film contain the international unrated version, featuring the extended opening and ending sequences. See more »


Soundtracks

Walkin' Blues
Written by Son House (uncredited)
Performed by Eric Clapton
(Only in workprint version)
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My favorite Van-Damme flick, by far.
11 February 2002 | by billybrown41See all my reviews

I'm not a big martial-arts fanboy and I've never really gotten a lot out of Van-Damme's other movies. However, I caught this one and I have to agree that this one does stand with Die Hard and Lethal Weapon as an action classic. John Woo's first American film is probably my favorite of his (aside from Face/Off) and his talent really shines through and makes the film. The pace is tight and constantly moving and whenever the action scenes come in, their beautifully done, and helped out by a nice cajun/blues flaovored score. I really liked Chance's theme music.

The cast is perfect for this kind of movie with the ever-reliable Lance Hendrickson playing the rich-boy baddie who gets his thrills (and his cash) from hunting down and killing bums. He plays a heartless fellow in this one and he's good at it. Arnold "the mummy" Vosloo, plays his sidekick Van Cleef and delivers an equally evil performance. I guess my favorite was Wilford Brimley as Chance's uncle. The man is great.

If I can enjoy this movie enough to watch it more than a couple of times (which I have), then I'm sure that almost anyone can. It's a very admirable effort from one of Hollywood's most gifted and original directors and it is sure to please more than just fans of the genre. The only thing that may turn some people off, is the graphic violence. No, it's not quite a gore-fest, but still, some of the scenes are pretty harsh and wouldn't fare to well for the squeamish. I'm mostly talking about the "hunting" scenes.

Good stuff here, now if I could just find the unedited Laserdisc, I'd be in Heaven...


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