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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 »

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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 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.

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Genres:

Drama | Crime | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Gross USA:

$43,571, 13 July 2003
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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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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Night Train
Performed by Me and the Other Guy
Written by Didi Gutman and Rahj
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1 August 2003 | by gunstreetgrrrlSee all my reviews

Adrien Brody, will you marry me?

Proposals aside, once again, Brody proves why he deserved his Oscar (and that kiss from Halle Berry). He gives a beautiful, touching performance here as a charming, rakish, snakeskin-jacket-wearing con artist who falls in love with a girl from the right side of the tracks. Jack Grace is no ordinary sleazeball, though. He keeps a secret storage unit seperate from the apartment he shares with his partner-in-crime Charlie (Jon Seda), where he keeps first editions of classic novels (he has a penchant for Melville) and works on his own novel. In other words, he's exactly the kind of bad boy that would attract intellectual Claire (Charlotte Ayanna), a beautiful, unstable biology major at Columbia. Claire tells him she likes movies best that make her cry, and he does his best to oblige her, ultimately sending her on a self-destructive bender that makes him look like a good boy.

Brody carries this film, and the lovely Charlotte Ayanna is unfortunately not given nearly as much to work with. She spends most of her time alternating between trying to change him (we all know how well that works), and having hysterics, and then finally goes on to attempt to prove that she can exist in his world and take the kinds of risks that he gets off on. The romance between the two is not well-developed at the beginning, either, so though we see plenty in him that makes us believe she loves him, we don't see what has gone on between them. Brody, however, makes up the slack in the script with every shot of his wonderfully expressive eyes. He is the walking, talking answer to the question, "Why do good girls like bad boys?"

Unfortunately, this film only had a limited engagement at the Starz Film Center, and as far as I know, does not have any wider distribution. This is a shame, particularly after Brody's Oscar win this year, and I hope that this will change and that more people will get to see this movie and see one of the most talented actors of his generation in action.


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