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Chaank Armaments is experimenting with the ultimate fighting machine which is part human - part machine. So far, the Hardman project has been unreliable and has killed a number of innocent ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Brad Dourif ... Jack Dante
Ely Pouget ... Hayden Cale
William Hootkins ... John Carpenter
John Sharian ... Sam Raimi
Martin McDougall ... Yutani
Andreas Wisniewski ... Weyland
Richard Brake ... Scott Ridley
Alex Brooks Alex Brooks ... Sheriff Dickson
Stuart St. Paul ... Glitching Hardman
Jackie Sawiris Jackie Sawiris ... Waitress
Annemarie Lawless ... Screaming Demonstrator (as Anne Marie Zola)
Julie Cox Julie Cox ... Screaming Demonstrator
Kathleen Tessaro Kathleen Tessaro ... Reporter
Ronald Fernee Ronald Fernee ... Reporter
Lesley Lyon Lesley Lyon ... Reporter
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Storyline

Chaank Armaments is experimenting with the ultimate fighting machine which is part human - part machine. So far, the Hardman project has been unreliable and has killed a number of innocent people. The genius behind this project is Jack who lives in a world of models, toys and magazines. When he is fired by Cale for killing a few corporate officers, he unleashes the ultimate killing machine called the 'Warbeast' against Cale and those who would help her. Written by Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

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The Future Has Teeth See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sci-fi terror and violence, language and brief sexuality | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

UK | Japan

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 May 1995 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Cyber connections See more »

Filming Locations:

London, England, UK See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$267,986, 12 November 1995

Gross USA:

$1,422,749

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$3,129,045
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (Director's Cut) | (Final Cut)

Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The film takes place in 2003. See more »

Goofs

The scene in the elevator when the Warbeast raises his head and clicks his jaw before attacking Raimi is shown backwards. At the end, one of the jaw pistons falls off the head of the Warbeast, but since the scene is backwards, it starts with the piston attaching itself to the head. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
John Carpenter: There he is, the ultimate soldier. No mercy, no pity, no fear.
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Crazy Credits

Special Thanks To: [..] No Thanks To: They Know Who They Are... See more »

Alternate Versions

Director's Cut available in original 2.35:1 cinemascope ratio on Japanese Laserdisc but director hates his own version!. US cut substantially different, excising whole subplot. UK cut is the best, director approved. See more »

Connections

References He-Man and the Masters of the Universe (1983) See more »

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User Reviews

A crackerjack sci-fi/action/horror film with killer robot on the loose...
11 August 2007 | by rixrexSee all my reviews

Got a $1 videotape of this at a thrift store because it was a video shop screener, which usually means not viewed much and still in good shape. This was, and it was a nice surprise for a dollar, and it was what "Hardware" should have been.

Without giving away too much of the story, it is about a war weapons development corporation that has a renegade inventor who builds a killer robot called the Warbeast. The renegade inventor, Brad Dourif recreating his Wise Blood character in part, is also insane and eventually the Warbeast is let loose. There's also a neat sequence where the Warbeast battles a human cyborg reminiscent of Alien 2, seems to be intentional. The Warbeast resembles a mechanical Alien, and "Scott Ridley" is a character. Many other characters named from film personalities as well.

A little sluggish at first, but really makes up for that later in the film. Also, probably not enough of the Warbeast slaughtering folks visible for some gore-hounds, but what there is, is well done. Seems like they were about two characters short to really create a good rampage by the Warbeast, but budget constraints notwithstanding, they did a very good job overall.


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