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Love the Hard Way (2001)

The story of a petty thief who meets an innocent young woman and brings her into his world of crime while she teaches him the lessons of enjoying life and being loved.

Director:

Peter Sehr

Writers:

Shuo Wang (novel) (as Wang Shuo), Peter Sehr (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
4 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Adrien Brody ... Jack Grace
Charlotte Ayanna ... Claire Harrison
Jon Seda ... Charlie
August Diehl ... Jeff
Pam Grier ... Det. Linda Fox
Liza Jessie Peterson Liza Jessie Peterson ... Pam
Elizabeth Regen ... Sue
Katherine Moennig ... Debbie
Joey Kern ... Fitzgerald
Jonathan Hadary ... Boris
Michael G. Chin Michael G. Chin ... Asian Businessman #1
Ben Wang ... Asian Businessman #2
Huan Wang Huan Wang ... Asian Businessman #3
Ned Stresen-Reuter Ned Stresen-Reuter ... Brian
Michaela Conlin ... Cara, Jack's Lover
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Storyline

The story of a petty thief who meets an innocent young woman and brings her into his world of crime while she teaches him the lessons of enjoying life and being loved.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Genres:

Drama | Crime | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sexual content, language and violence | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

Germany | USA

Language:

English | Spanish | German | French | Russian

Release Date:

27 March 2003 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Amar al límite See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,721, 8 June 2003

Gross USA:

$44,391

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$111,350
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Quotes

Claire: You can't smoke in here.
Jack: Oh No?
[Pulls an ashtray out of his pocket and sets it on the table]
Jack: Now I can.
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Alternate Versions

Current prints available have two on-screen copyright statements: 2001 listing the 2 copyright owners and "2003 final cut." The initial showings at various film festivals in 2001 and 2002 were obviously different than the final 2003 theatrical released version. See more »

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Soundtracks

Tarzacheando
Performed by Pepe Raphael (as Pepe) and The Bottle Blondes
Produced by Pepe Raphael (as P. Raphael)
Written by J.P. Luque
Courtesy of Geisha Boy Records and Rumblefish
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Bad boy Jack meets good girl Claire--Can it work?
26 July 2006 | by astanford-1See all my reviews

This well-acted, twisted, bittersweet story was a pleasant surprise. After admiring Adrien Brody's haunted portrayal of the pianist trapped in Nazi Germany, I wondered if he could really be that good of an actor, maybe it was just the genius of Polanski's direction. This role proved his talent is real for me. It is a contemporary tale about a hustler who secretly longs to be an author who becomes attracted to a comely coed who is studying to become a scientist. They couldn't be more different, yet they form a connection that changes their lives forever. The actress who plays Claire has beautiful sky-blue eyes and a nubile body as brilliant as her mind. Jack is not prepared for a woman like her. His friends are his partners in crime but he is the boss, he has all the answers, until he meets his match in a vice detective played by the always great Pam Grier. What will the future hold for him? Rent this movie and see. You won't be sorry.


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