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  • Actors: Steven Seagal, Michael Caine, Joan Chen, John C. McGinley, R. Lee Ermey
  • Directors: Steven Seagal
  • Writers: Ed Horowitz, Robin U. Russin
  • Producers: A. Kitman Ho, Doug Metzger, Edward McDonnell, Jeffrey Robinov, Julius R. Nasso
  • Format: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, DVD-Video, Full Screen, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English, French
  • Subtitles: English, French
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: R
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • Release Date: May 25 1999
  • Run Time: 101 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 0790740826
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #44,270 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)

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On Deadly Ground

Customer Reviews

2.9 out of 5 stars

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Format: DVD
Seagal or Van Damme?
That's like asking, spastic colon or dysentery?
Unless you're 9 years old, this is worthless debate. They both appear in terrible movies. Van Damme flexes and kicks people in the head (tossing in the splits at some point) and Seagal squints, runs like a girl, and fights dozens of bad guys who move with the reflexes of a tackling dummy.
What really singles out ON DEADLY GROUND is that a real actor, in this case Michael Caine, appears in the film. Here's a new debate for everyone: which check made Michael Caine feel the most "dirty": ON DEADLY GROUND or JAWS: THE REVENGE?
The one truly inspired moment of this film comes at the very end. After decimating an army of thugs and blowing up an Alaskan oil refinery that resembles an earthbound version of the Death Star, Seagal appears at a press conference to lecture us ON SAVING THE ENVIRONMENT! No kidding. He single-handedly destroys our 49th state and then warns us about the threat of pollution.
If you really want to see an impassioned anti-pollution film featuring a hero of limitid acting range, then seek out GODZILLA VS. THE SMOG MONSTER. The Big G was onto the environment message years before Seagal started polluting the screen.
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After making his most successful film in 1992 (Under Siege) Seagal was then given the power to produce and direct a film. Audiences are still suffering today.
Seagal starred in some quick but competent cop on a mission flicks in the late 80s and early 90s. Then something happened. He got power, and he decided he wanted to make a statement. This is rarely a good idea for actors, specifically action movie stars with ponytails.
In this one, Seagal is fighting the evil oil industry. A massive oil company is up to some shananagins in Alaska, and it's up to Seagal as an EPA agent (with a shadowy background) to stop these injustices.
Seagal's solution to the violence and environmentally unsound practices of the company is to kill a number of people and then cause more environmental damage by blowing up a pricey oil rig. The company is headed by none other than Michael Caine, who is sporting oil-black hair and some ridiculous rubber-face makeup. Caine makes the film worthwhile for those who are morbid enough to watch a fine actor's most shameless hour.
I believe, most of the time, that bad movies are not born but made. Seagal may feel that the oil industry is shafting the people, and he is likely right, but the form his statement takes is ludicrous even if he doesn't realize it. Actually, Seagal probably believes he's making an important statement and serious film (while satisfynig fans) and this sincerity is what makes it all the more laughable.
The film is appalling in most respects, but it offers the violence you came to see. Seagal was just plain fat by this point (though he would, in fact, get fatter) but it doesn't stop him from dispatching all level of minion from Caine.
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Many have tried to compare Steven Seagal with Jean-Claude Van Damme, so I think I'll join them. I've only seen maybe four Seagal films, but they all were the same to me. They all had the same dialogue, pretty much the same villains, and all of them involved Seagal confronting someone in a bar. Van Damme's films usually don't feel the same. They are all somewhat different and stand out among themselves. Granted, they aren't artful pieces of cinema, but at least you can tell which is which. "On Deadly Ground" is Steven Seagal's directorial debut and, as a first attempt at directing action, I can't really complain that much. The choreography isn't as bad as usual and some of the explosions are pretty cool. But the story is mind-numbingly awful along with the acting. And when I say the acting is bad, I mean it's worse than the usual dumb action movie. Sadly, the things that make "On Deadly Ground" a bad movie are the same reasons that make Seagal's other movies such bores. The story and pace are so painfully predictable and the lesson to be learned from this film is weak and pretty lame. Does Seagal have fans anymore? I know Van Damme has a cult following, but does Seagal? I'd be interested to know. So far everone I've talked to hates the man. So why are his movies in theaters and Jean-Claude's direct-to-video?
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Steven Seagal made his mark in action movies that allowed him to brutalize a non-stop series of oafish thugs with his trademarked open-handed bashes to their collective noses. Early in his career, he was able to capitalize on his height, his surly disposition, and his martial arts to establish his reputation as a serious action star. But with ON DEADLY GROUND, Seagal seems to be taking the same path that Tom Loughlin took a few decades ago. Loughlin, you remember, was an up and coming hapkido star who took a wrong turn in his Billy Jack spiritual message movies. His career flattened out, and Seagal's own career path has not, even now, recovered from the debacle that is this film.
Seagal goes against the big oil companies whose leader is a sadly miscast Michael Caine, who ought to have known better than to sign on the dotted line for this one. Seagal spends most of the latter part of the film in an oilrig, planting bombs as he goes. They go off, not leaving him much of an opportunity to manhandle the usual bunch of flunkeys. Fans of fight scenes will surely be disappointed with ON DEADLY GROUND since these scenes are few, far between, and generally uninteresting. Fans of a tightly plotted drama will also be disappointed since the climax is hardly a thrilling one. Finally, the last few minutes of the film is a laughable surrender to the politically correct Green Peace fringe who surely plunked down his salary. What ON DEADLY GROUND proves is that the 'deadly' of the title refers more to a sense of boredom than to a sense of danger. Suggestion to Mr. Seagal: go back to punching out hoods and leave the speechifying to Tom Loughlin.
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