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Half Past Dead (2002)

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This movie tells the story of a man who goes undercover in a hi-tech prison to find out information to help prosecute those who killed his wife. While there he stumbles onto a plot involving a death-row inmate and his $200 million stash of gold.

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Don Michael Paul
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Steven Seagal ... Sasha Petrosevitch
Morris Chestnut ... 49er One / Donald Robert Johnson
Ja Rule ... Nicolas 'Nick' Frazier
Nia Peeples ... 49er Six
Tony Plana ... Warden El Fuego
Kurupt ... Twitch
Michael Taliferro ... Little Joe (as Michael 'Bear' Taliferro)
Claudia Christian ... Special Agent Ellen Williams
Linda Thorson ... Judge Jane McPherson
Bruce Weitz ... Lester McKenna
Michael McGrady ... Guard Damon J. Kestner
Richard Bremmer ... Sonny Eckvall
Matt Battaglia ... 49er Three
Hannes Jaenicke ... Agent Hartmann
Wiliam T. Bowers Wiliam T. Bowers ... Alcatraz Guard
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Storyline

A criminal mastermind has set in motion a plan to infiltrate a high tech prison in order to persuade a death row inmate to reveal the whereabouts of $200 million worth of gold. It's up to an undercover FBI agent to stop him before it's too late. Written by Anonymous

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Seagal rocks the rock! See more »

Genres:

Action | Crime | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for pervasive action violence, language and some sexual content | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA | Germany

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 November 2002 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Lockdown See more »

Filming Locations:

Berlin, Germany

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Box Office

Budget:

$13,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,820,536, 17 November 2002, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$15,361,537, 15 December 2002
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

During production, Steven Seagal re-injured his knee, necessitating the casting of Wolfgang Lindner as an additional stunt double to Joseph Billingiere. See more »

Goofs

At the end of the movie the color of the sky and parachute change between shots. See more »

Quotes

Sasha: [Sasha confesses to Nick about who he is] I'm undercover. F.B.I.
Nick: But you passed the lie detector test.
Sasha: That's nothing man. Anybody can do that.
Nick: [with anger in his voice] All this time... y ou've been settin' up on me.
[aims his weapon at Sasha]
Nick: I believed in you. I trusted you. Brought you into my family...
[shouts]
Nick: I vouched for you! And you betrayed me?
Sasha: It's not that simple.
Lester: [places hand on Nick's shoulder] Don't do it.
[...]
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Crazy Credits

Actor Richard Bremmer is credited in opening credits but missing from the closing credits. See more »

Connections

Edited into Half Past Dead 2 (2007) See more »

Soundtracks

Hold On
Written by Andre Parker, Irving Lorenzo
Performed by Chink Santana
Courtesy of Murder Inc. Records L.L.C.
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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Not the worst Seagal has done in recent years... but still not that good
11 November 2003 | by Wizard-8See all my reviews

Two rules to go by are: Movies made by Franchise Pictures, or distributed by Screen Gems, are movies to avoid. This movie was made by Franchise Pictures AND distributed by Screen Gems! Not only that, but it has Steven Seagal - it's hard to believe that ten years or so ago he was doing so well. It's a shock to see him here, with a puffy face (and torso) and his hair looking lighter. Not surprisingly, his fight scenes are directed with quick cuts and simple martial arts movies that even an amateur could pull off. He seems very disinterested by what's happening, even a little out of it. He shouldn't be surprised that it's his career that's half past dead.

The director, Don Michael Paul, seems to have no ability to direct an action scene, martial art OR weapon-oriented. He uses annoying techniques like slow-motion or fast-motion to try and be "edgy", I guess. He also has problems telling a story, with some notable gaps that filled would have made some plot points more clear. He was working with a tight budget, which explains some things like numerous close-ups and somewhat impoverished sets. (Plus outdoor locations that clearly aren't in the United States, even though the movie is supposed to be taking place there.) Still, the movie moves along with nary a slow spot, and as problem-filled as it is, it's slicker and less annoying than Seagal movies like TICKER and THE FOREIGNER.


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