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One Tough Bastard (1996)

When a man's wife and family are murdered, he plots revenge only to find out that the killer is under Federal protection and he must exact his own form of justice.


Kurt Wimmer, Kurt Anderson (uncredited)


Steven Selling




Cast overview, first billed only:
Brian Bosworth ... Sgt. John North
Bruce Payne ... Agent Karl Savak
Jeff Kober ... Marcus
DeJuan Guy DeJuan Guy ... Mikey Adams
M.C. Hammer ... Dexter Kane (as Hammer)
Neal McDonough ... Agent Ward
Robert Kotecki ... Agent Klark
Deborah Worthing Deborah Worthing ... Darlene North
Rachel Duncan Rachel Duncan ... Marianne North
Cyrus Farmer ... Chocolate
M.C. Gainey ... Hank
Robert LaSardo ... Tattoist (as Robert La Sardo)
Leo Lee ... Agent Tam
Christopher M. Brown Christopher M. Brown ... Jake (as Christopher Brown)
Justice Bowens ... Mustapha (as R.B. Bowens)


Cool wacko cop, Karl Savak wants to steal and sell prototype military weapons. But, while he was stealing ammo, one of his comrades kills the family of John North. He is a military combat expert, who soon after starts his own investigation. But, it's not easy to take down one of most decorated FBI officers. Written by Harun Mehmedinovic <Pkojovic@concentric.net>

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Action | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for pervasive strong violence, strong language and some drug content | See all certifications »

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Did You Know?


This was Kurt Wimmer's first directorial effort, despite leaving production early. See more »


When the car gets flaming at the service station, all the windows are blown out, but intact in the next shot. See more »


Karl Savak: Don't you know it's illegal to drive while dead?
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Alternate Versions

German Video-Version, rated not unser 18, ist cut. But there is another Video-Version (same cover) rated "Spio/JK" which is uncut. So take care when you want to rent or buy this movie in Germany. See more »


Referenced in Hot Fuzz (2007) See more »


This Time
Written by Anthony Marinelli
Performed by Russ Parrish
Produced by Anthony Marinelli
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User Reviews

Wow, just wow.
26 July 2009 | by dementomstieSee all my reviews

I haven't made it all the way through this movie yet, but I have to say that this is one of the best terrible movies I have ever seen. It's an almost standard "good guy vs. cop gone bad" story, but the level of "bad" that the cop has going for himself is ridiculous. The bad guy is so bad that in the first scene that I saw him in he shoots up a room full of drug dealers, then someone else comes in to shoot him and he shoots them too. Blood all over the place. Again, standard fair for a movie like this. The best scene in this movie was where the bad guy is talking to an informant while holding an ice cream cone. The informant doesn't give him the information that he wanted so out of nowhere the bad guy kicks him in the crotch so hard the informant throws up. I hadn't really been paying attention to the movie up until this point, and maybe it says something about my generation, but I couldn't stop laughing at that. It's like the script writers went "OK, he's bad sure, we've shown him smuggling drugs and shooting people and being in general a terrible person, but what can we do to make it clear that this is the bad guy? I know! Let's have him kick a guy in the crotch really hard! BRILLIANT!" Of course, the other possibility is that the actor was a method actor and this was an improved action on his part. If so, that is the most brilliant director in the world to allow it to be kept in, since that's not what's happening, it's still a really odd action movie.

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Release Date:

26 July 1996 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

One Man's Justice See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Ultra Stereo



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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