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Tough and Deadly (1995)

Elmo Freech is a private investigator and was contracted by John Portland, a CIA agent who suffers amnesia, in oder to reveale a dubious case of drug smuggling in which are involved big ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Billy Blanks ... John Portland
Roddy Piper ... Elmo Freech
Richard Norton ... Agent Norton
Charles Kahlenberg Charles Kahlenberg ... William Helms
James Karen ... Winston Briggers
Gary Kasper ... Cowboy
Sal Landi ... Milan
Phil Morris ... Trekkler
Lisa Stahl ... Maureen Peek
Brant von Hoffman ... Carl Weldon (as Brent Van Hoffman)
Frank Di Paolo Frank Di Paolo ... Police Officer (as Frank Dipoala)
Ronald E. House Ronald E. House ... Gerte Reichtman (as Ronald House)
Lisa Comshaw Lisa Comshaw ... Prostitute
Robert Werhan ... Tiny
Ed Berke Ed Berke ... Ambulance Driver


Elmo Freech is a private investigator and was contracted by John Portland, a CIA agent who suffers amnesia, in oder to reveale a dubious case of drug smuggling in which are involved big fishes of the CIA and from Washington. Written by Volker Boehm

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Release Date:

14 February 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Peligrosamente duros See more »

Filming Locations:

Santa Clarita, California, USA

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Ultra Stereo



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Roddy Piper stated that by the time he made this, he was no longer having fun acting. He said his best times were Hell Comes to Frogtown and They Live. After those, he had been through too many acting classes that the fun was gone by this point. See more »


During the last act of the film Elmo's facial hair variates, almost shot-to-shot, from full beard to five o'clock shadow to even cleanly shaved. See more »

Alternate Versions

The original UK video featured a pre-edited print which extensively reduced face kicks and blows with a pool cue. The 2003 Hollywood DVD ran 2 minutes longer and was the full uncut version, though the later Boulevard DVD featured the cut video print. See more »


Referenced in WWE Raw: Episode #2.17 (1994) See more »


I've Had Enough
Written by Pavel Volykhine
Performed by Blue Ruin
(C) 1993 Volykhine Enterprises, BMI
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Tough And Deadly Entertaining!
26 November 2014 | by george-844-384633See all my reviews

Most people know Mr Blanks as that guy who did Tae Bo, the one with the crazy hair do and leg warmers... But really, before that, we had some fantastically fun martial arts movies such as this one, his second pairing with Roddy Piper. Tough and Deadly is a rare mid nineties, B-movie, martial arts action classic, that isn't dripping with bad costume design albeit one choice of such for Mr Blanks during a training scene. It also isn't polluted with overly bad acting like most in the genre, making this one a highly entertaining piece of film that should have landed a trilogy for the pair!

In a nutshell - More comfortable with each other from their Back In Action project, the stars bond well and pass off their characters with ease, delivering plenty of humour and kick ass fight scenes that come fast and hard!

In my opinion - I like Billy Blanks. I like him more as a good guy than as a baddie. I also like Roddy Piper, and I love when these guys get together! Back In Action was a lot of fun, but this follow- up is a much stronger affair, both with characters and fight scenes.

It really is unfortunate that we didn't see more films with these guys together, because they shine just as bright as any A-list buddy team up such as that of Lethal Weapon and Rush Hour. Roddy just has a particular knack in charming his way through most films. Although not the greatest actor in the world, he comes across very natural and often funny. Billy takes a different route though...

As a bad guy, Billy can be loud and over the top, but in these pairings he really shines as the good guy. And I really enjoy it when he is. In the action department, he really stands tall, with some amazing moves that hints on a martial arts star that should have been bigger. Who would have thought his workout videos would have been the cause of all that!?

Tough and Deadly is a charming action flick, that has the right amount of laughs, drama, and kick ass action that is also heightened by an extended cameo from the amazing Richard Norton who gets a few scuffles but is criminally underused. Apart from that, there's not much to complain about...

Check it out!

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