Hard Target

Hard Target

John Woo (1993)

91min
18 Certificate
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Our Score
Cult Hong Kong director John Woo's Hollywood debut was regarded as a major disappointment by his die-hard fans, but it's a lot better than most American action fodder. It was also easily Jean-Claude Van Damme's best movie thus far, even if Woo doesn't quite achieve the impossible and coax a performance out of him. Armed with the dodgiest haircut since Hoddle and Waddle in their Spurs' heyday (ask the football fan next to you!), Van Damme plays an unemployed sailor who spoils the human hunting games of some wealthy millionaires when he fights back. The plotting is minimal, but Lance Henriksen and Arnold Vosloo make for terrific baddies and Woo orchestrates some stunning action set pieces, including a spectacular finale, with panache.

Summary

A woman searching for her missing father hires an out-of-work merchant sailor to guide her through the streets of New Orleans, where his martial arts skills are greatly tested in a series of encounters with sadistic hunters of human prey. John Woo's action thriller, starring Jean-Claude Van Damme, Yancy Butler, Lance Henriksen and Wilford Brimley.

Cast & Crew

Chance Boudreaux Jean-Claude Van Damme
Emil Fouchon Lance Henriksen
Natasha "Nat" Binder Yancy Butler
Uncle Douvee Wilford Brimley
Carmine Mitchell Kasi Lemmons
Pik Van Cleaf Arnold Vosloo
Mr Lopacki Bob Apisa
Douglas Binder Chuck Pfarrer
Frick Douglas Forsythe Rye
Frack Michael D Leinert
Marie Lenore Banks
Elijah Roper Willie Carpenter
Waitress Barbara Tasker
Shop steward Randy Cheramie
Randal Poe Eliott Keener
Police detective Robert Pavlovich
Dr Morton Marco St John
Ismal Zenan Joe Warfield
Madam Jeanette Kontomitras
Man on the street Ted Raimi
Stephan Sven-Ole Thorsen
Jerome Tom Lupo
Peterson Jules Sylvester
Billy Bob Dave Efron
Director John Woo
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Other Information

Language: English Colour Theatrical distributor: U.I.P. (UK) Guidance: Violence, swearing. Available on: Available on video, DVD and BluRay

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