Hard Target

  • 18
  • John Woo (1993)
  • US
  • 91 min
Film Review
Reviewed By
3 out of 5

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's also easily Jean-Claude Van Damme's best movie, 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.

Plot Summary

Action thriller starring Jean-Claude Van Damme and Lance Henriksen. Hired by damsel in distress Nat Binder to find her vagrant father, out-of-work sailor Chance Boudreaux gets far more than the missing persons case he bargained for. It soon becomes clear that Douglas Binder has been murdered, a victim in a deadly game organised by ruthless businessman Emil Fouchon.

Cast and crew

Cast

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

Crew

Director
John Woo

Other Information

Language: 
English
Colour
Theatrical distributor: 
U.I.P. (UK)
Guidance: 
Violence and swearing.
Available on video, DVD and BluRay
Certificate 18
Categories
Drama

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