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Wanted: Dead or Alive (1986)

The bounty hunter Nick is offered $250,000 by CIA to get the terrorist behind the bombing of an LA movie theater. Nick quit CIA - he couldn't trust them. Can they be trusted now and can he stop the terrorists before...?

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Gary Sherman
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Rutger Hauer ... Nick Randall
Gene Simmons ... Malak Al Rahim
Robert Guillaume ... Philmore Walker
Mel Harris ... Terry
William Russ ... Det. Danny Quintz
Susan MacDonald Susan MacDonald ... Louise Quintz
Jerry Hardin ... John Lipton
Hugh Gillin ... Patrick Donoby
Robert Harper ... Dave Henderson
Eli Danker ... Robert Aziz
Joseph Nasser Joseph Nasser ... Hasson
Suzanne Wouk Suzanne Wouk ... Jamilla
Gerald Papasian Gerald Papasian ... Abdul Renza (as Gerald Papasyan)
Nick Faltas ... Amir
Hammam Shafie Hammam Shafie ... Chemical Expert
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Storyline

This movie features a character who is a descendant of the character played by Steve McQueen in the television series of the same name. And like McQueen's Josh Randall, Hauer's Nick Randall is also a bounty hunter. & also an ex-CIA operative, who is asked by his former employer to help them track down a terrorist, Malak Al Rahim, who is in the country, and has already made a move. But he is also looking for Randall, and the people, whom Randall is working for, is telling Malak, where he can find Randall. Written by <rcs0411@yahoo.com>

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The terrorists had nothing to fear but him. See more »


Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 January 1987 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Wanted Dead or Alive See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,845,836, 18 January 1987

Gross USA:

$7,555,000

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$7,555,000
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Ultra Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

When the film was released it met with numerous critical reviews which were skeptical of its premise: that Arab terrorists would actually come to the United Ststes and attack soft targets like a movie theater. See more »

Goofs

About a third of the way through, Nick and other policemen are trying to disarm a suspect holding seven sticks of dynamite only 100 feet away. The dynamite explodes much less than it should; seven sticks of dynamite would level a house, and everyone would have to be at least 300 feet away to avoid serious injury or death. See more »

Quotes

Morrison (City Desk): [answering phone] Hello, Morrison, City Desk...
Malak Al Rahim: [calculating] This is Malak Al Rahim.
Morrison (City Desk): [laughing and typing name into computer]
Malak Al Rahim: Let me save you some confusion, Mr. Morrison, there are going to be a number of people phoning tonight to claim responsibility for what I am about to do...
Morrison (City Desk): [reading from computer search] Malak Al Rahim is supposed to be in South Yemen... how do I know it's really you?
Malak Al Rahim: [pressing his hand print onto the phones glass window] You'll know it's me... I'm standing outside a Fox ...
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Alternate Versions

There exist two different version on videotape. One where Malak Al Rahim dies at the end, by having his head blown off, and one where this doesn't happen. The ending where Rahim doesn't die, is very tame, since the picture just fades to black, and then fades back in, with Randaal sitting somewhere pondering his fate. See more »

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Live Bait
Written by Joe Renzetti and Simon Stokes
Performed by Delaney Bramlett
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No Josh Randall here
4 August 2018 | by Johnny_WestSee all my reviews

I saw this movie back when it came out in 1987, and it had a tremendous amount of hype about the Steve McQueen connection to the original 1950s TV series. Steve McQueen had died in 1980, and the buzz about the Wanted Dead or Alive movie started around 1984.

Sadly, the movie had very little of the spirit of Josh Randall. Steve McQueen's Josh Randall character was very direct and to the point. He was not sentimental at all, and he often had to use his smarts and his sawed off rifle to get out of trouble. Josh Randall also used a lot of snappy dialogue and quick wit. Josh never stayed in one place. He was always on the move, making decisions on impulse. He loved women, but he was never in love.

Rutger Hauer's version of the character is very morose and sentimental. He is in love with a girlfriend. He has a boat that is also his man-cave, and a warehouse that is his main headquarters. Rutger has a motorcycle, but he is very much grounded to his possessions. He is not a traveling bounty hunter in this movie. Hauer is very methodical, his style is closer to Hunter, or Walker Texas Ranger than to the original Josh Randall. The spirit of the TV series Renegade was closer to the original Wanted: Dead or Alive, than this movie.

The action is typical of a Chuck Norris movie, The A-Team TV series, or Hunter TV series. There is a fair amount of shooting, explosions, and killing. Gene Simmons plays a major role in this movie, and that is a plus for KISS fans!

This movie is not bad, but it could have been better. There was a feeling from the tone of the movie's ending, that sequels were intended, or a TV series re-boot, but it never happened. This film is an interesting footnote to the legacy of the original Wanted: Dead or Alive TV series.


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