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Hard (1998)

When a series of brutal killings of young male hustlers awakens the police to the threat of a serial killer, rookie detective Raymond Fates (Noel Palomaria) and his seasoned partner ... See full summary »

Director:

John Huckert

Writers:

John Huckert (screenplay), John Matkowsky (screenplay)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Noel Palomaria Noel Palomaria ... Det. Raymond Vates
Malcolm Moorman Malcolm Moorman ... Jack
Charles Lanyer Charles Lanyer ... Det. Tom Ellis
Michael Waite ... Andy
Paula Kay Perry Paula Kay Perry ... Bette
Alex Depedro Alex Depedro ... Andy Jr. (as Alex DePedro)
Bob Hollander Bob Hollander ... Capt. Foster
Steve Andrews Steve Andrews ... Det. Hendrickson
K.D. Jones K.D. Jones ... Det. Jackson (as KD Jones)
Ken Narasaki ... Det. Chyun
Steve Gonzales ... Det. Dominguez
Cynthia Downey Cynthia Downey ... Deputy Coroner
Chas Gray Chas Gray ... Det. Kolletti
Brandi Garay Brandi Garay ... Cinnamon Smith
M. Tiffany Reed M. Tiffany Reed ... Officer Bruin
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When a series of brutal killings of young male hustlers awakens the police to the threat of a serial killer, rookie detective Raymond Fates (Noel Palomaria) and his seasoned partner detective Tom Ellis (Charles Lanyer) battle an intolerant police department that is indifferent to these "misdemeanor killings. Written by Anonymous

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A cop with a secret. A killer who knows it. The game is on. See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence and grisly afterviews, strong sexual content, language and some drug content | See all certifications »

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Hardly any animals were harmed in the making of this film See more »

Alternate Versions

Director's cut (2007) See more »

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References Dick Tracy (1937) See more »

Soundtracks

There Was a Time
Written and Produced by Bret Helm
Performed by Doc Tahri
Courtesy of Cash Only Records
Bums From Deep Space Music 1996 (BMI)
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Dahmer on a road trip
27 December 2007 | by DiscoViolentoSee all my reviews

Being a new detective can be hard. And surrounded by a group of narrow-minded, homophobic cops, Detective Raymond Vates finds it even harder. Deciding to keep it a secret to his fellow men, he and his new partner Tom Ellis starts to investigate the murder of a young boy. Pretty soon it becomes clear that they have a serial killer on their hands.

Hard portrays one of the most realistic serial killers I've ever seen in a movie. There's no doubt that they borrowed a lot from Jeffrey Dahmer (especially one scene in a car is very similar to something Dahmer did), because Malcolm Moorman's Jack is intriguing, manipulative and extremely self-centered. Sure, he doesn't run around with a chainsaw or build enormous killing machines. No, Jack is just like any other guy, which makes it even more frightening.

The mere fact that we get to see so much of the killer lends a new perspective to the story where one has to admire his manipulative games. The acting for this side of the story is very impressive. Moorman is fantastic and Michael Waite is very convincing as the insecure man who lets Jack into his family's home, and his bed.

While these characters are very well developed and easy to relate to in one way or the other, I do feel something is lacking in the police department, so to speak. The gay detective, played by Noel Palomaria, is somewhat hard to relate to and even though he's going through, basically, all the circles of hell there is, you don't really feel that bad for him.

Even so, this is a brilliant movie that any fan of thriller and drama should watch. It's not predictable, it's very interesting and never boring. It has been labeled a gay movie, and while there's a lot of just that, this is by no means close to anything coming from the gay-cinema movement. It's not a gay movie. It's a thriller. And, quite frankly, one of the best and most interesting I've come across so far.


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Language:

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Release Date:

11 August 2000 (Spain) See more »

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Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$19,596, 27 June 1999

Gross USA:

$264,596
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