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Wanted: Dead or Alive (1986)

The bounty hunter Nick is offered $250,000 by CIA to get the terrorist behind the bombing of an LA movie theater. Nick quit CIA - he couldn't trust them. Can they be trusted now and can he stop the terrorists before...?

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Gary Sherman
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Rutger Hauer ... Nick Randall
Gene Simmons ... Malak Al Rahim
Robert Guillaume ... Philmore Walker
Mel Harris ... Terry
William Russ ... Det. Danny Quintz
Susan MacDonald Susan MacDonald ... Louise Quintz
Jerry Hardin ... John Lipton
Hugh Gillin ... Patrick Donoby
Robert Harper ... Dave Henderson
Eli Danker ... Robert Aziz
Joseph Nasser Joseph Nasser ... Hasson
Suzanne Wouk Suzanne Wouk ... Jamilla
Gerald Papasian Gerald Papasian ... Abdul Renza (as Gerald Papasyan)
Nick Faltas ... Amir
Hammam Shafie Hammam Shafie ... Chemical Expert
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Storyline

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 is also a bounty hunter. & also an ex-CIA operative, who is asked by his former employer to help them track down a terrorist, Malak Al Rahim, who is in the country, and has already made a move. But he is also looking for Randall, and the people, whom Randall is working for, is telling Malak, where he can find Randall. Written by <rcs0411@yahoo.com>

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He's the best there is at a job he hates. See more »


Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 January 1987 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Wanted Dead or Alive See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,845,836, 18 January 1987

Gross USA:

$7,555,000

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$7,555,000
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Ultra Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Throughout the film Rutger Hauer carries an H&K P7M13 and a Cold Steel Tanto. His shotgun is a shortened Remington 870 with Laser Products laser sight on it, activated by the trigger and powered by a battery pack in the grip. The holster system used was custom made to accommodate both guns. See more »

Goofs

About a third of the way through, Nick and other policemen are trying to disarm a suspect holding seven sticks of dynamite only 100 feet away. The dynamite explodes much less than it should; seven sticks of dynamite would level a house, and everyone would have to be at least 300 feet away to avoid serious injury or death. See more »

Quotes

Nick Randall: We've been seeing each other for three months now.
Danny Quintz: Three months? Three fucking months? That's a goddamn silver anniversary for you!
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Alternate Versions

There exist two different version on videotape. One where Malak Al Rahim dies at the end, by having his head blown off, and one where this doesn't happen. The ending where Rahim doesn't die, is very tame, since the picture just fades to black, and then fades back in, with Randaal sitting somewhere pondering his fate. See more »

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Live Bait
Written by Joe Renzetti and Simon Stokes
Performed by Delaney Bramlett
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A good Rutger Hauer action movie from the 80's.
10 December 2009 | by Aaron1375See all my reviews

This film to me was pretty good. It sort of is a bit like "Nighthawks" another film featuring terrorist, one of which being Hauer himself. This one though has Hauer as the good guy and Gene Simmons as the bad guy. Both are very good in their roles. Both never being or becoming super celebrities. Hauer has been in a lot more movies than Simmons and he has been in some very big movies during his days. Still, he rarely got to be the lead star in films. Simmons just played bad guys like the one here and the one in "Runaway". He was actually rather good in both films and I am surprised he never got more chances to play in movies cause I so could see him in a horror movie as the sadistic killer. This film has terrorist on the attack and a bounty hunter is going to be the one to bring them down. I loved watching Hauer as Nick Randall do his thing. He is a former CIA operative and a descendant of a legendary bounty hunter. The action is pretty good here and there, it could use a bit of work, but I still thought it played out rather well. The ending to this movie is really good, though at the same time while it is satisfying it is also a bit sad too.


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