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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.

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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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

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, 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

Director Sam Raimi also worked on the film behind the scenes because Universal hired him to keep an eye out on John Woo and take over the production if he messes up, but Raimi never did anything like that and he was happy to work with Woo, even if it was unofficially due to certain reasons.

Sometime in early 90's before he got involved in Hard Target, Jean Claude Van Damme was going to be involved in another movie project with Raimi, who was gonna produce and maybe even direct the horror thriller titled Steel Donkeys based on the spec script by cult South African director and screenwriter Richard Stanley.

The story of the script, which was said to be very violent and gory, followed gang of thieves (Van Damme was going to play the leader of the gang) who break into some old bank in Amsterdam during Queen's day festival, and while they are stealing the diamonds from the bank the gang members accidentally release an alien shape-shifting demon (this would explain the Steel Donkeys title which is a term Jamaican yardies use for these kind of soul sucking demons) who was trapped inside the building since second World War, and after police shows up and put the building under siege, gang members have to find a way to survive and escape while at the same time fighting against the demon who starts possessing and killing them one by one. See more »

Goofs

When Nat and Douvee are riding away, Nat's horse turns from a bay, to a black horse, and then back to a bay later. 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 »

Connections

References Opera (1987) See more »

Soundtracks

Walkin' Blues
Performed by Eric Clapton
(Only in workprint version)
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John Woo and Van Damme make a pretty good team
19 April 2000 | by JohnnyPHreakSee all my reviews

Right here and now I'll say this is Van Damme best movie and he picked the right director for it. It an action adventure about a team of killers are who paid to hunt by rich people. The movie is not action filled as the video box may tell you. But it does have enough to make your mouth water. If you know John Woo than you know that his films spread out the action and put space of acting between them. The acting is not top notch but it is believable. But what makes this movie is the action sequences. They have remnants of Woo's other movies like Broken Arrow, Hard Boiled, The Killer and the final scene looks like it was plucked straight out of Face/Off. You have to see it to believe it. Van Damme does his normal tough guy not talking much thing but it is great to see him with two pistols in his hands. It's a 7 for total movie but gets a 10 for action. Action movie junkies will love Hard Target. John Woo and Van Damme makes for great action.


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