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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 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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Don't hunt what you can't kill. 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, 20 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

John Woo's English-language directorial debut. This also marked the first big Hollywood studio movie to be helmed by an Asian director. See more »

Goofs

Ring on Fouchon's left hand changes positions through whole movie, from ring finger to little finger and back. See more »

Quotes

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

A 128 minute workprint of Hard Target does exist in a rare very poor quality video tape dub. It is a rough cut consisting of all shot footage, much in which was unnecessary and would later be trimmed down to the 116-minute test screening after further refinements. It is mostly the same as the 116 minute version, though it includes the following differences:
  • there is no music score throughout the whole film
  • most sound effects are missing
  • alternate/extended scenes of dialogue
  • alternate/extended shots in certain scenes
  • additional shots and missing shots
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References Reservoir Dogs (1992) See more »

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User Reviews

 
A very tight, well made film.
26 September 1999 | by keefySee all my reviews

Many people say that this film could be marked down as a cobweb in John Woo's closet. It is far from this, but only if you see the full uncencored version, which is available in the UK for people who own PAL video machines. I think that this is John Woo's best American made work. Better than Face / Off, which was well filmed but lacked the Woo stylised violence to keep your interest up. But Hard Target has plenty. Certain people believe that the end gunfight in the Mardi Gras graveyard is among Woo's best visually. The flurry of quick bloody violence is overwhelmingly adrenaline pumping, Van Damme pumps the bad guys with more bullets in 15 minutes than Desperado did in two hours! The American Version is quite mediocre compared to the UK version, the US version contains less violence and if you look in the goofs section most of the stuff ups are due to the violence being edited out. I do know where you can get your hands on a rough cut of the 116 minute version but it is a bit of a waste of time, due to the fact that there is no colour (except a greeny tone) and most of the 20 minutes extra are just talking.

If you think Van Damme is a bit of a let down, he isn't really. He may not be able to act, but Woo has made him look as cool as ever, seing Van Damme run around with two hand guns is cool, This movie runs on Van Dammes precence.

Give this film a chance, get the UK version for a better time.

I give this 5 outta 5.

John Woo rules the earth.


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