The Hard Way (1991)

R   |    |  Action, Comedy, Crime

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An action movie star researching a role is allowed to tag along with a hardboiled New York City policeman, who finds him superficial and irritating.




  • Michael J. Fox in The Hard Way (1991)
  • Michael J. Fox and James Woods in The Hard Way (1991)
  • Michael J. Fox and James Woods in The Hard Way (1991)
  • James Woods in The Hard Way (1991)
  • James Woods and Stephen Lang in The Hard Way (1991)
  • Michael J. Fox and James Woods in The Hard Way (1991)

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18 July 2004 | Theo Robertson
| Lightweight But Entertaining
THE HARD WAY was made at the tail end of the buddy flick phenomena . It uses the formula fairly well of having a street smart hardened cop who has seen everything and pairs him up with a partner who is the complete opposite . These type of movies aren`t so hit and miss but you do get the feeling that when you`ve seen one you`ve seen them all .

This movie is actually better than most down to the fact the two stars James Wood and Michael J Fox are two entirely different type of actors who suit there roles perfectly . It`s also a movie that doesn`t take itself or Hollywood seriously , check out the line about that little Scottish fella Henry the Fifth . Unfortunately the dialogue isn`t the greatest that`s ever been written for the screen with Woods tough cop spouting " Dammit " and " F**k " in equal measure . Take it from me that if someone curses with the F word they never EVER say " Dammit " and vice versa . Some people may also complain that THE HARD WAY is somewhat lightweight when compared to something like 48 HOURS and I suppose it is but there`s no real jarring in serious scenes and the more humourous ones unlike some buddy movies

THE HARD WAY isn`t a movie that`s going to change your life but it is entertaining , especially if you like James Woods or Michael J Fox

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Box Office


$24,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,301,470 10 March 1991

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:


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