The Hard Way (Widescreen) (Bilingual)
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Michael J. Fox and James Woods team up for hilarious action-adventure from director John Badham. Nick Lang (Fox) is a popular movie star who joins forces with a tough New York detective (Woods) in order to break out of his "nice guy" screen image. On the trail of a ruthless serial killer, the last thing Moss needs is a pampered Hollywood sidekick.
In this raucous, high-energy action thriller from 1991, Michael J. Fox plays a spoiled Hollywood movie star who wants to bring vivid authenticity to his latest role as a big-city cop, so he recruits the real thing (James Woods) as his experienced mentor. This unlikely partnership doesn't sit too well with Woods, a hot-headed New York street cop who's a magnet for action-packed trouble. But that makes him just the right guy for Fox's research, which goes so far as to include Woods's girlfriend (Annabella Sciorra) and participation in some death-defying crime work. Fast, vulgar, and cranked at high volume, this is the kind of movie that contributed to the destruction of quality storytelling in mainstream Hollywood movies, but the screenplay scores bonus points for its lively characters and even livelier dialogue. Director John Badham is no slouch when it comes to action scenes, either, so if you buckle up and hold on tight, doing things The Hard Way can be surprisingly entertaining. To display the action in full widescreen glory, the DVD presents the film in its original 2.35:1 aspect ratio. --Jeff Shannon
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Michael J. Fox plays box-office sensation Nick Lang, star of The Smoking Gunn movies; he has it all, but he wants more. He's tired of playing Indiana Jones clones and yearns for a more serious role - such as the part of tough cop Ray Casanov in an upcoming film. He wants it so badly that, after seeing a television interview with Detective Lt. John Moss (James Woods) of NYPD, he uses his star power clout to get himself riding shotgun with Moss for two weeks in order to prepare himself for the audition. Moss, as you might imagine, is none too happy about having to baby-sit a movie star he doesn't even like - especially since it takes him off a big case. The Party Crasher (Stephen Lang) has been killing indiscriminately, and the whole case has become personal for Moss. The guy calls in his crimes before he commits them, and he's been eyeball to eyeball with Moss, yet he keeps getting away. Moss is determined to get rid of his new partner "Ray Casanov" as soon as possible so that he can get back to the case he considers his own.
The new partners get into a number of situations, as you might expect, with Casanov always getting in the way or - worse yet - actually trying to play the part of a real cop.Read more ›
The movie has well know cast including:Luis Guzman(Boogie Nights, The Bone Collector), LL Cool J(Halloween H20, Deep Blue Sea), Delroy Lindo(Ransom, The Cider House Rules), Film Director:Penny Marshall and a young Christina Ricci(Sleepy Hallow). An very good movie for the early ninties don`t miss it. One of my favorite movies. Grade:A. Panavision.
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This was a replacement purchase for a VHS tape that went bad. Great movie.Published 4 months ago by Rayne Bryon
The Hard Way is the amaze me with action and adventure also with comedy Michael J. Fox plays as the Hollywood actor, Nick Lang and James Woods as John Moss, the toughest cop in New... Read morePublished on July 8 2004 by Wesley Bevels
One of my all time favorites.Its just a fun high.one of those movies that,no matter what mood Im in, makes me snap out of it. Read morePublished on May 1 2004 by Joseph W. Hayes
I am a james woods fan and a big MJF fan so i just made to enjoy this one. Rent it first to make sure you agree, cause I am the only one in the family that cares for this movie.Published on June 19 2003 by JediMack
Still waiting for my stuff,since september 27th.
I havent received yet.It was supposed delivered latest in OKT 9,and even my account information says it has arrived in my post office in OKT 4.
Who should i blame?
This movie is very funny and has a good story to keep you interested from start to finish. There are twists & turns that you won't expect. Read morePublished on Dec 30 2001 by creativedawn
this is a cool movie, and it's nice too see michael j fox in action. both he and james woods give a great perfomance. nice workPublished on June 28 1999
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