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Wanted Dead or Alive (1987)

Rutger Hauer , Gene Simmons , Gary Sherman  |  R |  DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Rutger Hauer, Gene Simmons, Robert Guillaume, Mel Harris, William Russ
  • Directors: Gary Sherman
  • Writers: Gary Sherman, Michael Patrick Goodman, Brian Taggert
  • Producers: Arthur M. Sarkissian, Barry Bernardi, Michael Patrick Goodman, Robert C. Peters
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Starz / Anchor Bay
  • DVD Release Date: May 8, 2001
  • Run Time: 106 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000059PPI
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #48,038 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The terrorist of KISS May 10, 2009
By R.V.
This is a very exciting movie, with an unexpected twist at the end.Gene Simmons is disturbingly accurate in his portrayal of an international terrorist, and Rutger Hauer plays the lone wolf bounty hunter to perfection,taking his final revenge in the end. Well worth the time spent.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rutger Hauer delivers! May 5, 2009
I know this is an older movie,but it dates well and delivers a good job on all fronts but especially Hauer's character study of a bounty hunter..and of being a descendant of Steve McQueens' character from the tv show.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The best exploding head movie ever made. August 9, 2009
To begin with, I love this movie. I saw it as a young lad when it was released direct to video in the mid to late 80s (before it's much promised, but never realised ''theatrical release'') and it has stayed with me ever since. No matter how many times I see it, or how dated it appears - it holds a special place in my 80s action movie loving heart.

The story isn't the most revelatory, but let's give it a go anyway: Rutger Hauer stars as Nick Randall (a descendant of Steve McQueen's Josh Randall TV character from the 50s), an LA based bounty hunter and ex-CIA operative (sic) making good money tracking down skip tracers for a living and also semi co-habiting with his new girlfriend Terry (Mel Harris). To shatter his near perfect existence, he is approached by former collegue Philmore Walker (played by the ever reliable Robert Guillaume) to help track down terrorist Malak Al Rahim who is blowing pieces of LA away with makeshift bombs and terrorism. Malak is played to the manor born by Kiss frontman Gene Simmons who threatens to steal the show, but can never out weirdo our Rutger, who when pushed can crank up the strangeness dial to 100.

As the story progresses and through a series of events which I won't spoil here, Randall becomes a target of Malak and vice versa which leads to a cat and mouse chase between the two, resulting in what has to be one of the best endings to an action movie . . . quite possibly ever. Both Simmons and Hauer are genuinely good in the movie and the intensity between them is what fuels this actioner along - it isn't just the usual 80s shoot 'em up. Behind the bombs and bullets is a real tension going on and that is what makes the finale all that more satisfying.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wanted: Dead or Alive October 24, 2008
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I would watch any movie with Rutger Hauer in it, he's worth it. And he's absolutely great in this one. He has emotion, sympathy in all his movies; some laughable, some corny but all the same he can do anything. You gotta love the guy.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Wanted Dead or Alive June 10, 2000
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Wanted Dead or Alive staring Rutger Hauer as a bounty hunter and Gene Simmons as a Terrorist on the loose in Los Angeles. While it was your standard blow up shootem up action movie, it has a decent storyline and likeable characters. Well acted and a little more serious than Lethal Weapon, this is definately a movie worth taking home.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "F--- the bonus." September 25, 2009
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It's time again for that really popular pastime: Rutger Hauer Classic Cinema. Tonight's film of choice is WANTED: DEAD OR ALIVE, and it features our favorite Dutch dude Rutger Hauer once more throwing his hat into that cinematic genre of 1980s action cheese. And just because I mention "cheese" doesn't necessarily mean that this movie's a skunker. WANTED: DEAD OR ALIVE has its share of cool moments, and I remember it in a good way, and especially that so very memorable ending.

This movie will resonate more for those who've caught the original WANTED: DEAD OR ALIVE, which was a television western series back in the late '50s. It starred an up-and-coming Steve McQueen, who was and still is just about the epitome of cool. McQueen's character was Josh Randall, a bounty hunter of few words who let "Mare's Laig" - his nifty 1892 44/40 center fire Winchester carbine - do the talking for him. And I guess this paragraph turned out to be a pimpfest for Steve McQueen's western show. Eh, so be it. It's certainly worth checking out.

But back to Rutger Hauer Classic Cinema. Rutger Hauer plays Nick Randall, the great-grandson of Josh Randall and also a bounty hunter in Los Angeles, and, yeah, it's a bummer that there weren't enough connections or references made to tie in with Steve McQueen's character. Nick Randall is a loner, and he's looking to make a big enough score so that he can fix up his grungy boat. But then his past comes back to bite him.

Gene Simmons, from the band KISS, back then was trying to branch out from white make-up and from sticking out his tongue, and, in the '80s he took on a few villainous roles. Here, Gene brings understated menace to the screen as Middle Eastern terrorist Malak Al Rahim, although Gene never does end up sounding Middle Eastern.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Action Film June 26, 2009
This movie is probably 25 years old. But it is a great action, drama movie. My dad and my son and I watched it over and over on HBO years ago. I had been looking for it for a long time. Thank you Amazon for having such a great selection.Rutger Hauer is a great actor and Gene Simmions, yes from the rock band Kiss, is one of the best bad guys ever. It keeps you on the edge of your seat and the ending will blow you away.Hauer plays a bounty hunter who is ex cia and he makes reference to the old tv show of the same name with Steve McQueen for those of us who remember back that far, he is supposed to be his great grandson. Like I said a Great Action Move with a blow away ending.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Old blue eyes is great in this one
Old blue eyes is great in this one. One of my Rutger favorites. Add this one to your collection.
Published 1 month ago by Donald Bice
4.0 out of 5 stars A good B movie
Exciting, lot of action. Good storyline. Rutger Hauer was a bit stiff.
Published 1 month ago by Rusty C.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
one of the best movies ever just do not loose your head
Published 2 months ago by cofeedrnkr1
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good fun, love the ending!
Published 2 months ago by Russell D Belew
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Romp; And Has One of the Greatest Movie Lines of All Time
Yes, I gave a strictly "B" 80's action film 5 stars! Rutger Hauer is an OK actor, but there are several other really good actors in this film. Read more
Published 3 months ago by M. Lobdell
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
80's classic
Published 3 months ago by David B. English Jr.
5.0 out of 5 stars The antihero I aspired to be.
Nick Randall was one of the ideals I wanted to mimic as a youth. The antihero I aspired to be.
Published 4 months ago by Jerry W Jackson
4.0 out of 5 stars definitely old but surprisingly good
it was extremely violent but well written and the acting was good. i knew it was an oldie, but was surprised that it held up pretty well... good movie
Published 7 months ago by michelle shortt
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT Movie
This movie was made back in the 80's, but the story could have been pulled from the headlines today. Mystery, intrigue, part love story. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Tim Bush
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie
Best ending of any movie ever. Rutger Hauer is excellent in this role and Gene Simmons plays a good villian.
Published 9 months ago by Daniel Schommer
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