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Hard Target (1993)

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A woman hires a drifter as her guide through New Orleans in search of her father, who has gone missing. They discover a deadly game of cat and mouse behind his disappearance in the process.

Director:

John Woo

Writer:

Chuck Pfarrer
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Chuck Pfarrer ... Douglas Binder
Robert Apisa Robert Apisa ... Mr. Lopacki (as Bob Apisa)
Arnold Vosloo ... Pik van Cleef
Lance Henriksen ... Emil Fouchon
Douglas Rye Douglas Rye ... Frick (as Douglas Forsythe Rye)
Mike Leinert Mike Leinert ... Frack (as Michael D. Leinert)
Yancy Butler ... Natasha 'Nat' Binder
Lenore Banks ... Marie
Willie C. Carpenter ... Elijah Roper (as Willie Carpenter)
Jean-Claude Van Damme ... Chance Boudreaux
Barbara Tasker Barbara Tasker ... Waitress
Kasi Lemmons ... Det. Marie Mitchell
Randy Cheramie Randy Cheramie ... Shop Steward
Eliott Keener Eliott Keener ... Randal Poe
Robert Pavlovich ... Detective
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Storyline

Natasha Binder comes to New Orleans looking for her father, who has gone missing. In doing so, she meets a very hard man called Chance. He helps her find out that her father was killed by an organisation who sell the opportunity to hunt human prey. They are taking advantage of a police strike in New Orleans. Will the Muscles from Brussels win through? Written by John Hartnup <hartnupj@cs.aston.ac.uk>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Don't hunt what you can't kill. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for a great amount of strong violence, and for language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

20 August 1993 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hard Target See more »

Filming Locations:

White Castle, Louisiana, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$18,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,106,500, 22 August 1993

Gross USA:

$32,589,677

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$74,189,677
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (cut) | (unrated) | (Workprint Version)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo (4 channels)| DTS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The film was inspired by The Most Dangerous Game (1932). See more »

Goofs

During the opening sequence, when Binder falls through the wood, you can see an arrow stuck in his thigh even though no-one fired at him there. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Douglas Binder: [trying to open a locked door] Please...
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Alternate Versions

A 128 minute workprint of Hard Target does exist in a rare very poor quality video tape dub. It is a rough cut consisting of all shot footage, much in which was unnecessary and would later be trimmed down to the 116-minute test screening after further refinements. It is mostly the same as the 116 minute version, though it includes the following differences:
  • there is no music score throughout the whole film
  • most sound effects are missing
  • alternate/extended scenes of dialogue
  • alternate/extended shots in certain scenes
  • additional shots and missing shots
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Connections

Referenced in JCVD (2008) See more »

Soundtracks

Walkin' Blues
Written by Son House (uncredited)
Performed by Eric Clapton
(Only in workprint version)
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User Reviews

Although not Woo's best, it delivers.
17 June 2000 | by sprivateryanSee all my reviews

John Woo brings audiences the excitement of being hunted in this thrilling action movie, "Hard Target". "Hard Target" stars Jean-Claude Van Damme plays a merchant sailer named Chance Boudreaux who comes across Natasha Binder, played by Yancy Butler. Natasha is in search of her missing father, who has been hunted down by the sadistic mercenary Emil Fouchon, played by Lance Henrikson. Together, once Emil is on to them, Chance and Natasha become the hunted. John Woo directs in what many people might call a "bad acting" movie, but if you put away the acting, and watch the sweet slow-motion scenes and Woo's doves, you'll be entertained for a hour and thirty-seven minutes. (6 out of 10 stars)


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