Hard Target (1993)

R   |    |  Action, Adventure, Drama


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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.


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  • Jean-Claude Van Damme in Hard Target (1993)
  • Yancy Butler in Hard Target (1993)
  • John Woo and Lance Henriksen in Hard Target (1993)
  • Jean-Claude Van Damme and Wilford Brimley in Hard Target (1993)
  • Jean-Claude Van Damme and Yancy Butler in Hard Target (1993)
  • Arnold Vosloo in Hard Target (1993)

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Director:

John Woo

Writer:

Chuck Pfarrer

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17 June 2000 | sprivateryan
Although not Woo's best, it delivers.
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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Trivia

Chance sees Stephan's reflection in the motorcycle rider's helmet visor.


Quotes

Douglas Binder: Please...


Goofs

When Chance jumps across the bonnet of the car and kicks the guy on the motorcycle in the chest, the bike carries on and falls over, clearly showing the rear light being torn away. Yet when Chance runs to the bike a few seconds later to give chase to the people carrier, the light is fixed.


Alternate Versions

The international version is 99 minutes long and was the final version submitted to the MPAA for an R-rating, but was rated NC-17. It contains more violent footage not seen in the censored American R-rated version. It is three minutes longer than the R-rated version. These cuts consist of:

  • Binder trying to remove an arrow from his shoulder being replaced with an intercut shot of Van Cleef walking.
  • Binder killing two enemies with a gas canister is removed.
  • As Binder runs in the pier, the second arrow that hits him in the leg is removed, creating a continuity error.
  • Binder's corpse drifting downstream in the river is removed.
  • In the sequence where Boudreaux repeatedly shoots an enemy whilst holding the pistol upside down, the amount of gunfire went from around 35 gunshots to merely 15 gunshots. The deaths of two biker enemies were also removed entirely.
  • The closeup shot of an arrow protruding through an enemy's throat is removed, resuming on him falling to the ground.
  • The scene showing Natasha shooting a bearded enemy is partially obscured using an intercut shot of pigeons flying.
  • In the scene where Boudreaux is shooting an enemy whilst hanging from a rope, the bloodier entry and exit wounds were removed. Boudreaux's somersault is also removed.
  • When Douvee is shot in the leg, a closeup shot of his wound is replaced with a less explicit wide shot in the R version.
  • Immediately afterwards, Boudreaux shoots at two enemies with dual Berettas. In the R version, the amount of gunfire in the two kills are reduced.
  • In the scene that shows an enemy falling to the ground after being shot by Boudreaux, a large blood spurt is removed.
  • When Boudreaux shoots an enemy at the top of the stairs, the shots that show the enemy being riddled with bullets, tumbling down the stairs and falling onto the camera is removed.
  • In the face off between Boudreaux and Van Cleef, the amount of gunfire towards each other is slightly reduced. The amount of gunfire on the grenade-wielding enemy is also reduced. The amount of gunfire in the stomach and groin of another enemy is reduced.
  • During Van Cleef's death scene, the amount of impact shots towards Van Cleef's torso and the time that Van Cleef takes to die are reduced, removing the instance where Van Cleef pulls a grenade from his sling as he dies.
  • In the scene where the last enemy is killed by a shotgun blast, the sight of the blood spurts are removed.
  • In the scene where Fouchon is shot with a shotgun, the closeup shot of Fouchon's exit wound is removed.
  • In the scene where Fouchon is kicked in the chest by Boudreaux, the sight of the former spitting blood is removed.


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Born On The Bayou
Written by
John Fogerty (uncredited)
Performed by Creedence Clearwater Revival

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Action | Adventure | Drama | Thriller

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