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Plot: This movie features a character who is a descendant of the character played by Steve McQueen in the television series of the same name. And like McQueen's Josh Randall, Hauer's Nick Randall... Runtime: 106 mins Release Date: 16 Jan 1987
I'm not sure if this movie was supposed to be taken seriously or not, but the way I looked at, it was fun. I enjoyed everything about it and especially the characters. In particular I liked Nick Hauer and Phil Robert Guilleaume . They had a familiarity to them, almost like you have met them somewhere before. Maybe you sat down to have a drink with them before and they told you a few stories. And this makes it fun to watch.Another strength this film has is its little subtleties. Like when, after catching a criminal, Nick puts him in the truck of the car because he wreaks of booze. <more>
Now that is funny.This really is a fun film and there are lots of interesting and fun little macho lines in the film to please any fan of the genre. Check it out.
A Highly Underrated 80's Gem; Hauer Rules In This (by jasonisageek)
From what I remember, this film kind of came and went with little attention. It rarely stands out as one of Rutger Hauer's more iconic film roles, and that's a shame really because having revisited this some 3 decades later, it's really a pretty great little film. I don't know why it took me so long to come back to it, or why it never stuck with me the way other action films from the same era did. But alas, I'm here now with some great news. Wanted: Dead or Alive rules. If there's anything it's known for, it will more than likely be the fact that Gene Simmons plays <more>
the villain, here as a Middle Eastern terrorist who has a vendetta against Nick Randall Rutger Hauer ., a bounty hunter. But really, Simmons barely appears on screen, resulting in more of a glorified cameo until the very end. It's really Hauer's show and man does he deliver the goods. W:DoA surprised me for a number of reasons. First, it's more of a thriller rather than an action film. There is action, and it actually starts off like a great one, but there really isn't a lot in here, or at least not as much as you'd expect. But that doesn't take away from the enjoyment factor because regardless, it's a great piece of Cult Cinema anyway. One of it's other surprising aspects was just how well it was made. Writer/Director Gary Sherman Vice Squad, Poltergeist III displays a fine hand and a sharp eye for directing action. Well, not just the action, but the entire film. The film just looks fantastic, and clearly delivers the goods on a visual level. It's yet another reminder of how these little films were made at one point, 30 years ago, where directors actually put effort into setting camera's shots up, in giving the film an overall aesthetic. They don't do that anymore, and if they do, it's becoming exceedingly rare. Lastly, the whole Middle Eastern Delta Force terrorist angle obviously wouldn't play today, but it's interesting to see how often this idea was used in films back in the 80's, and how easy they made it look.Gene Simmons never really broke out into acting the way he really could have, more often than not playing himself in television show guest stints, but he did score a few memorable roles as a villain all in the 80's in cult classics like Runaway, Never Too Young To Die and this one. He does so well in fact that it's a shame he never stretched his acting chops further into other areas or projects. Or hell, it would have been just as cool if he just kept playing villains for the rest of his acting career because he's so good at it, even when he doesn't utter a single line. His menacing gaze alone says enough, and comes off as way too easy and natural for him.Rutger Hauer is a revelation in this. Much in the same way he made Split Second as enjoyable as it was, he's the main reason why this film is as great as it is, the glue that keeps it all together. It's his show, and he steals and chews every scene and every second he appears on screen. The film looks fantastic, and Simmons is a great villain, but it's Hauer who elevates this film to far beyond your average 80's action/thriller. He makes it fun, whether he's playing it as a straight up tough guy, or in the moments when he's vulnerable – Hauer gives the role a healthy dose of bravado, even when he's being a jerk. If there was one thing I would have changed, it's that I probably would have liked just a bit more action, but that's not in any way a complaint, because as it stands, W:DoA is a fantastic film, with enough thriller and action elements to keep you entertained, on top of everything else you get such as a sharp script and memorable performances. If it's been a while, it's definitely time to revisit this little gem. You won't regret it.www.robotGEEKSCultCinema.blogspot.com
My favorite action film a classic from Rutger Hauer R.I.P. I miss you (by NightmareOnElmStreetFan)
Actor Rutger Hauer died and a lot of us fans we miss the guy so much. Wanted: Dead or Alive is a favorite action film a classic in my view. I just finished watching it. The Hitcher would be my all time favorite movie from Rutger Hauer, because no one could play the character John Ryder like Rutger did. Rutger Hauer is a bad-ass in here named Nick Randall a Los Angeles bounty hunter and an ex-CIA operative, who is asked by a former co-worker to help track down terrorist Malak Al Rahim Gene Simmons .Ruger Hauer against terrorists excellent they don't make action movie like this. I love <more>
that Rutger is a good guy in this movie. I like these action movies from the 80's a lot, it is a damn good action movie.I love this movie to death, I love the soundtrack Don't 'cha Know That? by Simon Stokes. Excellent performence from Rutger hauer I love that he smiles. Tones of action, Rutger blasts bad guys to pieces. Rutger Hauer is one man army in here. This is my favorite action film. I love One man Army type action movies: this movie Wanted: Dead or Alive , The Hitcher, Blind Fury and Blade Runner are bad-ass movies Rutger Hauer ever did. I love and idolizing him so much. Wanted: Dead or Alive is my favorite action film. Why this movie is not on Blu-ray disc it deserves a better treatment.R.I.P. Rutger Hauer I miss you this is his best movie great acting performence. I love Rutger with a Remington 870 shotgun in his hand. I really miss the guy so much,I love the soundtrack Don't 'cha Know That? by Simon Stokes and a good action sequences. There was this girl who was a girlfriend of Malak Al Rahim Gene Simmons I don't know the actress name but would love to see a gun fight between Randall and that girl and I wish that Nick would blow her to dust that would be great. But in the movie she wasn't shot and blown away by Rutger. Still a damn good action movie they don't make em like this anymore.
Classic slice of Rutger Hauer (by DVD_Connoisseur)
I recently revisited "Wanted Dead Or Alive" after a period of almost 20 years. The film's really stood the test of time and it's a shame there weren't any sequels produced. Rutger Hauer's time as an action hero was short-lived.The film's low budget roots can't be missed but there are enough strong performances from the cast to carry the movie. Hauer's bachelor loft is the ultimate guy pad and, in my opinion, worth watching the movie for. To say his crib is cool is the understatement of the year.Gene Simmons delivers the goods as a thoroughly nasty <more>
A great action film, a must-see in its genre. (by Tophee)
Action all the way, this is Hauer at his best. I first saw this movie about ten years ago, and remembered it only for its final scene; I still remembered the line "**** the bonus!". When watching the film again all these years later, unlike most movies, I actually got more from it than the first time I saw it. For action fans everywhere, put this on your must-see list.
very much wanted (by movieman_kev)
Having only a passing tie to the late '50's/ early 60's Steve McQueen helmed TV show of the same name Nick is Josh grandson or some such nonsense , this movie is a mean and violent little number has B-movie mainstay Rutger Hauer starring as Nick Randall, a tough talking, no nonsense, 'my way or the highway' type bounty hunter who comes out of retirement at the request of Benson..sorry I mean Robert Guillaume who always has some of the best lines in the movie as Philmore Walker to apprehend a nefarious terrorist Arab played ironically by Gene Simmons . He does so with <more>
tactics that would make Jack Bauer whimper in the corner, while at the same time dealing with slimy bureaucratic red-tape. This is a great mindless action flick and holds up well amongst repeat viewings. But the mere fact that the Writer/Director of this great little film went on to write and direct the utterly horrid "Poltergeist III" right afterwards boggles the mind.My Grade: B+