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On Deadly Ground (1994)

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A mystical martial artist/environmental Agent takes on a ruthless oil corporation.

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Steven Seagal
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Steven Seagal ... Forrest Taft
Michael Caine ... Michael Jennings
Joan Chen ... Masu
John C. McGinley ... MacGruder
R. Lee Ermey ... Stone
Shari Shattuck ... Liles
Billy Bob Thornton ... Homer Carlton
Richard Hamilton ... Hugh Palmer
Chief Irvin Brink Chief Irvin Brink ... Silook
Apanguluk Charlie Kairaiuak Apanguluk Charlie Kairaiuak ... Tunrak
Elsie Pistolhead Elsie Pistolhead ... Takanapsaluk
John Trudell ... Johnny Redfeather
Mike Starr ... Big Mike
Sven-Ole Thorsen ... Otto (as Swen-Ole Thorsen)
Jules Desjarlais Jules Desjarlais ... Drunken Eskimo
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Storyline

Forrest Taft (Steven Seagal) is an environmental Agent who works for the Aegis Oil Company in Alaska. Aegis Oil's corrupt C.E.O., Michael Jennings (Sir Michael Caine), is the kind of person who doesn't care whether or not oil spills into the ocean or onto the land, just as long as it's making money for him. He even makes commercials that make him look like he cares about the environment. Jennings is almost finished with building his new state-of-the art oil rig: AEGIS-1. The problem is that if he doesn't finish building the rig in thirteen days, the land rights will be returned to the Eskimos and the Alaskan Government. When Jennings finds out that Taft's best friend Hugh Palmer (Richard Hamilton) has a computer disk that contains information about defective equipment on AEGIS-1, he sends out his goons to murder Palmer. When Taft tries to interfere, Jennings tries to kill Taft. But an Eskimo woman named Masu (Joan Chen), who introduces Taft to her father Silook (Chief Irvin Brink), ... Written by drayj65 <drayj65@hotmail.com>

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His Battle To Save The Alaskan Wilderness And Protect Its People Can Only Be Won...


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Rated R for strong violence and language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Inuktitut

Release Date:

18 February 1994 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Rainbow Warrior See more »

Filming Locations:

Carson, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$50,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$12,679,573, 21 February 1994

Gross USA:

$38,590,458

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$38,590,458
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Forrest Taft asks the question, "What does it take to change the essence of a man?" to an oil worker. A similar question is posed and answered in an aftershave commercial by Kelly LeBrock. Steven Seagal and LeBrock were married at that time. See more »

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Hugh steps in front of his computer to hide the vital floppy disk, then immediately leaves. Later, the disk is hidden in the closet behind the computer. See more »

Quotes

Mercenary: Here he comes.
[elevator buzzes]
Homer Carlton: Open WIDE, sweetheart!
[they shoot up the elevator, a bullet hits the Claymore mine and kills both of them]
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Crazy Credits

The first half of the end credits run over images of Alaska and its various wildlife, until we see Forrest Taft & Masu in a canoe, with Taft pointing out to Masu, a crow in front of them circling over the water (supposedly meant to be Silook in another form) See more »

Alternate Versions

German TV and Retail-Video/DVD Versions are cut to reduce violence. The uncut Version is available on Rental-Video and DVD. See more »

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References The Lone Ranger (1949) See more »

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UNDER THE SAME SUN
Written by Mark Hudson, Klaus Meine and Scott Fairbairn
Performed by Scorpions
Courtesy of Mercury Records
By Arrangement with PolyGram Special Markets
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Ludicrous.
11 May 2001 | by Howlin WolfSee all my reviews

Steven Seagal sets out to protect the environment by blowing most of it up. Oh, and killing a few people too. This is a message movie with a VERY confused message. Still, most Seagal fans won't care for the movie's moral subtext (subtext? hah!), they'll just want to see their hero bust some chops. In an ecologically sound way, of course.

This movie is so inept there's precious little of even THAT. Large chunks of the movie are instead spent with po-faced Seagal staring solemnly into the camera waxing lyrical about how he loves the earth. Well so do I, but living on this planet does have its drawbacks; after all, this is a world where brainless studio execs throw money at Seagal to go BEHIND the camera as well! Isn't letting him stand in front of it enough? Come to think of it, isn't letting him even 20 feet near the studio... Ah well. "Under Siege" only worked because of the villains.

Let's just try and forget Michael Caine was ever in this; we can grant him that small mercy at least. Oh to have been a fly on the wall when Seagal was directing the Cockernee one. STEVE: "Well you just stand there... " MIKE: "What do I emote?" STEVE: (blankly) Emote... ?

It's pitifully obvious no-one tried to restrain Caine's excesses on set. How else do you explain the blatant caricature of his performance? He may as well have had E.V.I.L. stamped across his forehead...

If you were still even THINKING that you might enjoy this for some other reason than 'camp' value after reading the plot summary, there is no hope for you. Those who watch EXPECTING to find a bad movie will be heartily rewarded for their nous. "Steve saves the environment and kills bad guys" is even less interesting with the added plot element. Scary, huh?


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