Hard Target (DVD)
- R 143
Acclaimed Hong Kong action director John Woo's first Hollywood film attempts to construct a 'running man' thriller out of a collection of explosions and stunts. Cajun sailor Chance Boudreaux (Jean-Claude Van Damme) reluctantly comes to the aid of a female lawyer (Yancy Butler) who is searching for her missing father, a Vietnam veteran. In the course of their search the pair encounter a group of wealthy businessmen, who amuse themselves in the Louisiana swamps by hunting down the homeless.
- Movies & TV
- 10 Jan 2005
- Region 2
- 4 Front Video
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- 95 min
- Age Restriction
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- Hard Target
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- Running Time
- 97 min
- Action/Adventure / Action / Martial Arts / Recommended / Theatrical Release / Thriller / Vengeance
- In his Hollywood debut, Hong Kong directing sensation John Woo styles this action movie about a simple Merchant Marine who seeks to protect a beautiful woman and avenge the death of her father. The killers are the arrangers of "human safaris" that provide sport for the very rich.
- Color by DeLuxe; Eastman film, Foto-Kem processing, in New Orleans, Louisiana,
John Woo has quickly become the king of Hong Kong's cult cinema. But "Hard Target," Woo's long-awaited American directorial debut, opened to mixed reviews. For example, one reviewer called the film a "compromised work, a stylistic hybrid of American and Hong Kong action" pictures. However, the fact that the film had a hard time getting past the Motion Picture Association's NC-17 rating, it's likely the director's work was adulterated considerably. There are even rumors it's not a Woo film.
Though "Hard Target," is not a remake, it is based on the 1932 film "The Most Dangerous Game," which comes from a classic story by Richard Connell. This picture was scripted by screenwriter Chuck Pfarrer.
Other films shot in New Orleans include: "The Big Easy," "No Mercy," "Tightrope," "JFK," "Belizaire the Cajun."
Additional credits: Michael St. Hilaire and Peter Krause (camera operators), Tim Simonec (orchestrator), Kodo (music performer), Craig Hosking and Cliff Fleming (helicopter pilots), Jules Sylvester and Jim Brockett (snake wranglers), Michele Poulik (set decorator), John Pospisil (special sound effects), Weddington Productions Inc. (sound effects) and Rick Alexander, Michael C. Casper and Jim Bolt (rerecording mixers).
Production services provided by Alamagordo Production Contractors. Titles and opticals by Pacific Title.
Rated BBFC 18 by the British Board of Film Classification.
Available to buy in the UK (widescreen version).
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- Movie Critics
- Chicago Sun-Times
- "...Woo is such a dynamo, utilizing multiple moving cameras and ghostly effects, he can make the ejection of a shotgun shell a thing of beauty and wit..."— Lloyd Sachs (20 Aug 1993, p.46)
- Entertainment Weekly
- "...Enough heart-stopping set pieces for three such movies....Peculiar visual poetry." -- Rating: A— Glenn Kenny (21 Jan 1994, p.58)
- "...Briskly vigorous....Woo helps his star display his specialty -- high-powered martial arts skills -- with greater panache and stylization than before..."— Emanuel Levy (30 Aug 1993, )
Hard Target the best Van Damme movie after Universal Soldier
Reviewed by Leroy L on