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Hardware (1990)

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The head of a cyborg reactivates, rebuilds itself, and goes on a violent rampage in a space marine's girlfriend's apartment.

Director:

Richard Stanley

Writers:

Steve MacManus (story "SHOK!"), Kevin O'Neill (story "SHOK!") | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Carl McCoy ... Nomad
Iggy Pop ... Angry Bob
Dylan McDermott ... Moses Baxter
John Lynch ... Shades
Mark Northover ... Alvy
Stacey Travis ... Jill
Paul McKenzie Paul McKenzie ... Vernon
Lemmy ... Taxi Driver
William Hootkins ... Lincoln Wineberg Jr.
Mac McDonald ... Newscaster
Chris McHallem Chris McHallem ... Premier Boelgaxof
Barbara Yu Ling Barbara Yu Ling ... Chinese Mother
Oscar James Oscar James ... Chief
Arnold Lee Arnold Lee ... Chinese Family
Susie Savage Susie Savage ... Chinese Family (as Susie Ng)
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Storyline

In the future, a nuclear war has transformed the Earth into a radioactive wasteland where the sea has dried up leaving it as a post-apocalyptic desert. In the desert, A desert scavenger named Nomad discovers a robotic head, arriving in New York City, A space marine named Moses Baxter buys the robotic head from Nomad as a Christmas present for his girlfriend Jill Grakowski, who decides to use it for one of her sculptures. But all hell starts breaking loose, when the robotic head is activated and begins to rebuilt itself. When Alvy, a junkyard dealer discover the robotic head is a Mark 13, a military cyborg of a project that was abandoned. Moses learns Jill's life is in danger, as the Mark 13 cyborg goes on a violent rampage in Jill's apartment as Jill has become the the prime target for extermination. Written by Daniel Williamson

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Welcome To The 21st Century! See more »

Genres:

Sci-Fi | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong violence, sexuality and language | See all certifications »

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Details

Official Sites:

Severin Films

Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 September 1990 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

M.A.R.K. 13 See more »

Filming Locations:

London, England, UK See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,381,285, 16 September 1990

Gross USA:

$5,728,953

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$5,728,953
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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Goofs

After Jill attacks it with the buzz-saw, the Mark 13 steps back: if you look closely, you can see the legs of the man underneath the droid suit. The same thing can be seen towards the end as Jill and the robot are entering the bathroom. See more »

Quotes

Shades: It's my heart - it feels like an alligator.
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Alternate Versions

In the cinema version, when Mo (Dylan McDermott) is dying one of his final hallucinations/dreams is of himself reading from the bible to Jill, and in this scene he has both of his hands rather than the prosthesis that he normally has, then they disappear as a black veil is drawn over the bed. This scene is absent from the VHS video release. See more »

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Composed by Gioachino Rossini
New arrangement by Simon Boswell
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Future kill...
17 March 2008 | by fmarkland32See all my reviews

Dylan McDermott stars as a scavenger who gives his girlfriend a robot head, his girlfriend an artist who smokes Mary Jane (Stacey Travis) and paints an American flag on such, doesn't realize that said robot has been built to destroy humans and so said robot reassembles itself and McDermott and Travis must stop it. Hardware is a movie that is often in its own way, quite brilliant. The movie has a fascination with the atmosphere and right away we want to learn more on how the future got to be like this. Also the reason for why the robot is made is never explained. The movie does works in the vein of Blade Runner, in that the less known about the film, the stronger it is. It's a movie that invites you to ponder the details, and with many experimental camera angles, suspenseful stalking sequences, well sketched characters and energetically staged action, Hardware works as one of the better in the genre of robots run amok. Indeed it's more in the science fiction approach with mood,atmosphere and style, and in my opinion is how they should've done Lawnmower Man and Johnny Mnemonic. Indeed director Richard Stanley would've made those movies great. Iggy Pop provides excellent comic relief with the opening and closing sequences.

* * * out of 4-(Good)


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