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The Hard Way (Widescreen)

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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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4.0 out of 5 stars Much more entertaining than I expected Sept. 8 2006
By Daniel Jolley TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
It's not one of the more prominent feathers in Michael J. Fox's cap, but The Hard Way is a perfectly entertaining film with plenty of action and more than a few laughs. The plot certainly doesn't break any new ground, there aren't any real surprises along the way, and the ending definitely qualifies as over-the-top, but the whole thing works pretty darn well - thanks largely to the performances of Fox and James Woods.

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.
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Format:VHS Tape
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 York City to track down the serial killer, The Party Crasher(Stephen Lang)
and Nick Lang named as the new partner name is Ray Cassanov, also co-starring includes LL Cool J, Christina Ricci, Penny Marshall, and Delroy Lindo.
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5.0 out of 5 stars what a fun@crazy ride May 2 2004
Format:DVD
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.This dvd has some cool extras not listed above,so it was a nice suprise when I threw it in my player.A making of,an awsome ll cool j music video,theatrical trailer,videodrome trailer,casino trailer,frighteners trailer,secret of my success trailer.Why there not advertized i dont know,but I do know this movie rocks the boat baby.
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4.0 out of 5 stars They were fun to watch! June 20 2003
Format:DVD
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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars ?????????? Oct. 27 2002
Format:DVD
Still waiting for my stuff,since september 27th.
Havent received...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Where is my stuff? Oct. 11 2002
Format:DVD
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?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hysterically funny while dramatic Dec 30 2001
Format:VHS Tape
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. This has violence and language so it may not be appropriate for young children. I've seen this movie at least 20 times and laugh every time I watch it! If you like a lot of action, humor & drama you'll enjoy this movie.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An underrated action/comedy thriller. Sept. 3 2000
Format:DVD
Director John Badham(Stakeout Films, Saturday Night Fever, Short Circuit) bring out one of his most entertaining movie and certainly his best work as a film director. Micheal J. Fox(The Frighteners) and James Woods(John Carpenter`s Vampires) gives over the top comic performances in the picture, highlight this one. Fox plays a top hollywood star named Nick Lang, desperately needs a good role for next movie, he`s very tired to playing cartoon characters in his action/blockbusters. He decided to go in New York City, for doing reseach to play a cop. NYPD Cop John Moss (Played by Woods) is forced to Babysit Lang, pretending to be his new partner on the force. While Moss is (angry), he`s not the case on searching on a serial killer named the Party Crasher(Played by Stephen Lang). He`s trying his best on his search at the same time,while babysitting the actor Lang. Moss didn`t expect that Lang will follow everywhere he goes, including his personal lifestyle and his new girlfriend(Played by Annabella Sciorra).
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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