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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 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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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:

Belly of the Beast 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

Dedicated to Trevor Murray, who died suddenly during production. 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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References The Matrix (1999) See more »

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Bah Bau
Performed by: Silly Fools
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The Belly of Segal.
1 January 2004 | by ddsterrellSee all my reviews

I'm getting depressed with Steven Segal. In his earlier films - and what made him unique - you could watch him actually doing dramatic aikijutsu techniques. Here, all we get is a fat, out-of-shape Segal in very loose-fitting clothing using partial shots, stand-ins and much splicing and editing ... and not even doing his own style, but Kung Fu, no less! I can't even imagine him in the shape he's in now kidding anyone about doing low sweeps (iron brooms) or jumping back spinning kicks, a la Chuck Norris. What is he thinking? The movie benfits from good locations and multiple action sequences, opponents, and a good side-kick for Segal ... and the plot almost isn't important if you park your mind for strict diversion. But Segal should think more about a diet and getting back in shape ... his head alone looks like it weighs a ton. I also have a problem with all the shooting ... ANYBODY can be scripted to shoot a zillion people with automatic weapons - Segal should get back to wrecking martial art hayhem on the bad guys and choreographing your own stuff. I also question how Segal and his ally can hit all the bad guys they shoot at, but almost no one can ever hit them? It must be the Rambo-Ahnold syndrom-thing.


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