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The Hard Way Details

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Action film director John Badham bites the hand that feeds him in this action movie spoof that features ribbing of pretty-boy Hollywood action stars by Michael J. Fox and a parody of colorful, hair-trigger James Woods types by the man himself. Woods plays New York homicide detective John Moss, who is within an inch of closing in on a serial killer who calls himself The Party Crasher (Stephen Lang) because his specialty is shooting his victims in the middle of discos. Chasing The Party Crasher after his latest victim has been dispatched, Moss finds himself hanging onto the door of a speeding truck with The Party Crasher at the wheel. When Moss is thrown off the truck and nearly killed, The Party Crasher escapes, and Moss is taken off the case. Moss is given a new assignment --to tag around with Hollywood action film star Nick Lang (Michael J. Fox), the popular hero of the "Smoking Gun" movies. Lang spotted Moss on a television news show and thinks he would be the ideal cop to study for adding authenticity to an up-coming police action picture. Posing as Moss's rookie partner, Lang follows Moss everywhere, proceeding to spoil his pursuit of The Party Crasher and interfering with Moss's burgeoning affair with his girlfriend Susan (Anabella Sciorra). ~ Paul Brenner, Rovi

  • Release date:March 8, 1991

Cast

Michael J. Fox
as Nick Lang
James Woods
as John Moss
Annabella Sciorra
as Susan
LL Cool J
as Billy
Penny Marshall
as Angie
John Capodice
as Grainy
Luis Guzman
as Pooley
Mary Mara
as China
Delroy Lindo
as Captain Brix
Conrad Roberts
as Witherspoon
Christina Ricci
as Bonnie
Shawn McLean
as Dead Romeo
Bonnie Timmermann
Stephen Lang
as Party Crasher
Frank Geraci
as Newsman
Sophie Maletsky
as Pizza Waitress
Lewis Black
as Banker
Anderson Matthews
as Banker
Dante Smith
as Dead Romeo
Bill Cobbs
as Raggedy Man
Dwayne McClary
as Dead Romeo
Sharrieff Pugh
as Dead Romeo
Curtis L. McClarin
as Dead Romeo
Keenan Leung
as Asian Gang Leader
Reno
as Diner Waitress
Jack Gindi
as Ticket Taker
John Costelloe
as Fake Dead Guy/Cop
Leif Riddell
as Head Mugger
Johnny Sanchez
as Mugger
Karen Gorney
as Woman in Subway
Janet Sarno
as Continental Representative
John Ring
as Homeboy Cop
Michael Jeffrey Woods
as Cop
William Truesdale
as Witherspoon's Bodyguard
Mark Woodcock
as Clothing Salesman
Ed Setrakian
as Chief Villain
David Sosna
as Frog Dog Vendor
Adore O'Hara
as Dead Entertainer
Michael Badalucco
as Pizza Man
Jordanna Freedman
as Moviegoer
Merrill Witten
as Scared Subway Woman
Fracaswell Hyman
as Wino
Mario Bosco
as Boy in Theater
Bryant Gumbel
as Himself
Jan Speck
as TV Reporter
George Cheung
as Drug Dealer
Kathy Najimy
as Lang's Girl Friday
Stephen Lang
as Party Crasher
Adore O'Hara
as Dead Entertainer
Janet Sarno
as Continental Representative
Michael Badalucco
as Pizza Man
Dante Smith
as Dead Romeo
Jack Gindi
as Ticket Taker
Frank Geraci
as Newsman
John Ring
as Homeboy Cop
Bryant Gumbel
as Himself
Fracaswell Hyman
as Wino
Keenan Leung
as Asian Gang Leader
Reno
as Diner Waitress
Lewis Black
as Banker
Johnny Sanchez
as Mugger
Merrill Witten
as Scared Subway Woman
Sophie Maletsky
as Pizza Waitress
John Costelloe
as Fake Dead Guy/Cop
William Truesdale
as Witherspoon's Bodyguard
Michael Jeffrey Woods
as Cop
Mario Bosco
as Boy in Theater
Shawn McLean
as Dead Romeo
Anderson Matthews
as Banker
George Cheung
as Drug Dealer
Curtis L. McClarin
as Dead Romeo
Ed Setrakian
as Chief Villain
Bill Cobbs
as Raggedy Man
Jan Speck
as TV Reporter
David Sosna
as Frog Dog Vendor
Karen Gorney
as Woman in Subway
Dwayne McClary
as Dead Romeo
Mark Woodcock
as Clothing Salesman
Leif Riddell
as Head Mugger
Jordanna Freedman
as Moviegoer
Sharrieff Pugh
as Dead Romeo

Crew

John Badham
Director
Rob Cohen
Producer
Monroe Sachson
Producer
William Sackheim
Producer
Daniel Pyne
Screenwriter
Ron Osborn
Screenwriter
Lem Dobbs
Screenwriter
Michael Kozoll
Screenwriter
Jeff Reno
Screenwriter
Victor J. Kemper
Cinematographer
Robert Primes
Cinematographer
Donald M. McAlpine
Cinematographer
Tony Lombardo
Editor
John Kasarda
Art Director
Keith Rubinstein
Co-producer
Peter R. McIntosh
Co-producer
D.J. Caruso
Associate Producer
Susan Bode-Tyson
Set Designer
Mary Vogt
Costume Designer
Bonnie Timmermann
Casting
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