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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 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...


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Details

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, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$38,590,500
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The January 1994 Los Angeles earthquake almost caused this movie to be delayed. The roof at Technicolor collapsed from the quake, and damaged the negative. Luckily, a Technicolor technician was able to carefully repair the damage. See more »

Goofs

Masu says that she is an Indian and that she knows how to ride. An Inupiaq would not refer to herself as an Indian. See more »

Quotes

Walters: ACTION!
Michael Jennings: [to the cardholder] Lift the cards up, I *can't* see them down there!
Michael Jennings: [to the camera, in a charming, but insincere tone] Every year, hundreds of thousands of porcupine caribou make their way down from the Ogilvy Mountains to the coastal plains of Alaska. The come to feed off the tundra grasses, and to have their children. Children like, these little guys right here.
[pets the caribou]
Michael Jennings: You see, we at Aegis Oil believe in protecting our natural treasures. We believe in keeping them safe, for...
[...]
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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 »

Connections

Featured in David Walliams' Awfully Good: Awfully Good Movies (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

Inuit Throat Singing
Performed by Qaunaq Mikkigak and Timangiak Petaulassie
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ACTION HERO SAVES THE ENVIRONMENT BY BLOWING UP OIL WELLS
24 April 2003 | by GURNEYRAMPARTSee all my reviews

ON DEADLY GROUND is similar to the BILLY JACK films in delivery. The film has a eco friendly action hero who works for a corrupt oil barron. The film meshes eco friendly plot points with action adventure for a film that was hard to swallow for some. There has been much critcism of this film, yet it made money on video. Supposedly the film was a monetary let down in theatrical realese. No matter what the verdict, Seagal delivers his usual formula of martial arts and gunfire to please most of his fans.


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