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Belly of the Beast (2003)

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An ex-CIA agent's quest to find his kidnapped daughter leads him on a trail of political intrigue, corruption, danger and betrayal; he will stop at nothing to save her.

Director:

Siu-Tung Ching (as Ching Siu Tung)

Writer:

James Townsend
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Steven Seagal ... Jake Hopper
Byron Mann ... Sunti
Monica Lo ... Lulu
Tom Wu ... General Jantapan
Sara Malakul Lane ... Jessica Hopper (as Sarah Malukul Lane)
Patrick Robinson Patrick Robinson ... Leon Washington
Vincent Riotta Vincent Riotta ... Fitch McQuaid
Norman Veeratum Norman Veeratum ... Suthep
Elidh MacQueen ... Sara Winthorpe
Siu Tung Chan Siu Tung Chan ... Kong (as Chau Siu Tung)
Kevork Malikyan ... Fernand Zadir
Pongpat Wachirabunjong Pongpat Wachirabunjong ... Mongkol (as Pongpat Wachirabanjong)
Alastair Vardy ... Security Guard #1
Andy Adam Andy Adam ... Security Guard #2
Shahkrit Yamnarm ... Brice (as Shahkritt Yamnarm)
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Storyline

Ten years ago, Jake Hopper was a CIA agent who was stationed in Thailand. Then one day, things went sour, and his partner, Sunti barely escaped with his life...after accidentally killing a woman. Jake called it quits and returned to the United States when his wife died, and Sunti became a Buddhist monk to atone for his sins. For the past 10 years, Jake has run a successful private security business, and has been raising his daughter Jessica, who is now an adult. While hiking in Thailand, Jessica and her friend Sarah Winthorpe are kidnapped. A group of Islamic fundamentalists known as the Abu Karaf claims responsibility. Sarah is the daughter of United States senator John Winthorpe. For ransom, the Abu Karaf demand the release of 20 prisoners from American custody. The US Secretary of State urges restraint -- he won't negotiate. Tom Collins, an ex-colleague of Jake's, recognizes Jessica on the ransom tape and tips Jake off. Jake knows that he must rescue the girls himself. An old CIA ... Written by Todd Baldridge

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Taglines:

A Father's Rage Knows No Limit

Genres:

Action

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence, language and brief nudity | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

GFT Entertainment

Country:

Canada | Hong Kong | UK

Language:

English | Thai

Release Date:

30 December 2003 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A fenevad gyomrában See more »

Filming Locations:

Bangkok, Thailand See more »

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Budget:

$14,000,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The title for the film was inspired by a Seagal suggestion after he had returned from a spa retreat. See more »

Goofs

When fighting the "woman" in his friend's club, she reveals that "she" in fact a "he", but in a few shots that follow the revelation it is obviously either a woman or a man still wearing the padded breasts to appear female (this is very obvious when she grabs for the whip). See more »

Quotes

Bar Thug: Are you calling me a junior?
Jake Hopper: You look like a junior.
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In Loving Memory of our friend Trevor Murray See more »

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Referenced in Bad Movie Beatdown: On Deadly Ground (2009) See more »

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Bah Bau
Performed by: Silly Fools
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Should be given credit for the upsides
10 June 2005 | by jofitz27See all my reviews

I cannot remember a recent "Steven Segal" movie in the cinema, or anywhere near publicised. The last one even close was "Half Past Dead", a mediocre yet fun action flick about Alacatraz if my memory serves correctly.

I rented "Belly of The Beast" for some Friday-night fun. And that is exactly what I got. Endlessly terrible and cheesy but fantastic at the same time, this is Steven Segal reaching new lo's in acting but highs in martial arts and action sequences. He kicks the hell out of anything he see's in bloodthirsty fashion, in some very inventive and surprisingly sadistic fashion (in one scene, he pushes a guy in hugely OTT fashion across a line of fish in ice-cubes into a meat hook- the '15' UK certificate is questionable). But still, this manages to be fun.

The plot is non-existent, as it turns in predictably bad fashion in any excuse to get Segal fighting, but this is hopeful- it proves this 50 year old overweight guy may have something left in him.

3 out of 5


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