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Out for a Kill (2003)

An unsuspecting university professor is an unwitting accomplice in a foiled Chinese cocaine deal. Wrongly imprisoned, he escapes to take his revenge and prove his innocence.

Director:

Michael Oblowitz

Writers:

Danny Lerner (story), Dennis Dimster (screenplay) (as Dennis Dimster-Denk)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michelle Goh ... Tommie Ling
Steven Seagal ... Prof. Robert Burns
Corey Johnson ... Ed Grey
Tom Wu ... Li Bo
Ozzie Yue Ozzie Yue ... Fang Lee, 'The Barber'
Bruce Wang Bruce Wang ... Tang Zhili, 'The Bird'
Chike Chan ... Mr. Chang
Hon Ping Tang ... Sai Lo
Dave Wong ... Yin Quinshi
Chooye Bay ... Wong Dai (as Chooi Kheng Beh)
Elaine Tan ... Luo Yi
Michael J. Reynolds ... Dean
Kata Dobó ... Maya Burns (as Kata Dobo)
Vincent Wong Vincent Wong ... Luo Dazhong
Ray Charleson Ray Charleson ... Harry 'Crash' Kupper
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Storyline

Archeology Professor Robert Burns is on location leading an important dig in the ancient ruins on the Far Eastern Chinese border. He accidentally discovers that the Chinese Mafia, the Tong, is using his newly discovered ancient Chinese artifacts to hide and smuggle narcotics across the border. Robert immediately tries to flee with his assistant and narrowly manages to escape the pursuing Tong but not without a heavy price. His loyal assistant is killed and he is framed with the evidence at the Chinese border by the Chinese military and U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency. He is locked up in a Chinese prison where he is guilty until proven innocent. His loving wife Maya vows to help get him out of jail. The DEA finally convinces the Chinese military that Robert may be of more help to them outside jail by leading them to the real smugglers. Once he leaves his Chinese prison cell Robert would rather enjoy his freedom back in the U.S. and keep his past behind him, but The Tong catches up to him ... Written by Philip Steinman <philipsteinman@earthlink.net>

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Genres:

Action | Crime | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Country:

Aruba | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 August 2003 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Out for a Kill See more »

Filming Locations:

Sofia, Bulgaria

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Budget:

$14,000,000 (estimated)
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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

In a 2018 BBC News report, Rachel Grant accused Steven Seagal of sexual assault during the movie's pre-production stage. Having been cast for a role in the film, Grant met Seagal and director Michael Oblowitz for a line reading in a Bulgarian hotel suite, and when Oblowitz left the room, Grant claims Seagal pulled down her top and exposed himself. Grant was later released from the production and claims this was due to her refusal to submit to Seagal. See more »

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When in the Chinese Barber Shop, the barber pulls the blind down over the door, a few seconds later, he closes it again. See more »

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Prof. Robert Burns: I have to go to the bathroom.
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Seagal went out and killed his career

Can he sink any lower? Probably yes, because at the rate he is going turning back is going to be very hard. It was after Exit Wounds that Seagal started his nose dive which has yet to end. Half Past Dead was a good step up from Ticker, but it still was only OK. Now we arrive at... ...this horrible film. It contains a bland to the max story of vengeance on the people who killed Seagal's wife. Some of the scenes are also so overly and ridiculously dramatic that you'll cringe. And Seagal, in this film, plays Seagal. That's right, he plays himself. He just shows up on screen pretending to be a professor and the audience expects him to start fighting with people soon and that's what happens.

No character development to speak of just mundane fights one after another. The bad guys are really stupid and just sit around a table somewhere. One by one they disappear and we are led to believe that they among the films body count. Does that sound dumb and confusing? Well that's because it is. 2/10

Rated R: violence and profanity


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