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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 (50 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 (50 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000059PPI
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #96,464 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Wanted Dead or Alive" on IMDb

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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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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
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
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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2 of 2 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wanted Dead or Alive Review June 21, 2013
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I love Rutger Hauer. I fell in love with him in the movie Blade Runner and never stopped. He is the perfect bounty hunter but he has the acting ability to show deep sorrow, and be perfectly believable. I can't say that about many male actors.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wanted: Dead or Alive September 25, 2012
By Fred
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I remember seeing this movie when it was originally released and thinking this was a little far-fetched, but it was a pretty good action flick. Little did I know how, for lack of a better term, "prophetic" it would be. We need ol` Rutger now.
Anyway, it`s still a good action, shoot `em up. I`d recommend it to anyone.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wrong person to mess with June 24, 2010
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This is a high paced movie. Kiss's Gene Simmons charactor is pure evil. But, bounty hunter Rutger Hauer (playing the great grandson of Steve McQueen's TV series of the same name) is relentless. The final minute is classic.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
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 1 month 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 3 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 3 months ago by Daniel Schommer
5.0 out of 5 stars Great bad guy movie
Excellent movie, gran Simmons is an awesome bad guy. Old movie but would fit into today's world concerns. Ruger makes a great bounty hunter.
Published 3 months ago by JD GAYMAN
5.0 out of 5 stars Rutger hauer ! Enough said
This is such a fantastic flick from 1986, anyone a rutger hauer fan ?? This is one of his best and there are a lot of good hauer movies , hobo with a shotgun , blind fury ,... Read more
Published 4 months ago by C. conway
4.0 out of 5 stars Great oldie but goodie!
This is a great old movie. Love Rutger Hauer. He plays a great good guy bad guy. Of course he always gets the bad guys!
Published 5 months ago by lttlswan
5.0 out of 5 stars movie
I bought the movie for a friend and he loves it. came just a advertised and on time. Great job guys!
Published 6 months ago by Derrick Kirtdoll
5.0 out of 5 stars Heart racer, for sure..
Rutger Hauer plays a bounty hunter who's after Gene Simmons, the bad guy. Thrilling, edge-of-your-seat excitement all the way through with an unforgettable ending. Read more
Published 10 months ago by mod
4.0 out of 5 stars Liked it
I like all movies with Rutger Hauer They are exciting and fun to watch yes I would recommend it to others
Published 11 months ago by Betty R Wong
1.0 out of 5 stars horrible
don't get this
was boring with ridiculous 80's violence
i don not recommend this all. whatsoever.
it's not even worthy of spoofing
Published 13 months ago by Erica Wheeler
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