Hard Target

Synopsis: Natasha Binder comes to New Orleans looking for her father, who has gone missing. In doing so, she meets a very hard man called Chance. He helps her find out that her father was killed by an organisation who sell the opportunity to hunt human prey. They are taking advantage of a police strike in New Orleans. Will the Muscles from Brussels win through?
Genre: Action, Thriller
Director(s): John Woo
Production: MCA Universal Home Video
  1 win & 5 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
97 min


lf he makes it to the river,

he's won.

We cannot allow that

to happen, Mr. Lopaki.

Brandy ?

lt's like a drug,

isn't it ?

To bring a man down.

Was it worth it ?

- Every nickel.

- Good.

Yes ?

Hi, l'm-- l'm looking

for Douglas Binder ?

- You a friend of Mr. Binder's ?

- No, l--

l'm-- l'm his daughter.

Doug was a nice man.

He had manners.

He didn't tell you where

he was moving, did he ?

He owed some rent,


l told him he could

wait to pay me...

- 'til he got back on his feet.

- He wasn't in an accident, was he ?

Oh, no. He lost his job

with the oil tool company.

When Doug moved out,

he left this box.

He told me l could

hold it...

'til he could make up

his back rent.

Do you have any idea

where he might be now ?

You might try checking down

at Our Lady of Charity.

Marine, huh ?

Ah, Recon.

- l was in the service

for a while myself.

- Really ?

- Yeah.

- Do you know him ?

Well, he comes here


Nice guy too.

Uh, if l see him,

l'll-- l'll tell him

you're looking.

Do you happen to know

where he lives ?

l-l'm afraid your--

Your daddy, uh, well--

Well, he was like the rest of us:

out of doors.

You know ?

How is that gumbo, Chance ?

A tragedy.

The coffee

was tolerable, though.

- lt ain't free neither.

- Yeah, l know.

Leave your wallet

in your tuxedo ?

l play that one

on you before ?

- Yeah. For the gumbo.

- That's right.

- lf you don't want me, baby

- Hi. Do you have any change ?


please tell me so

- lf you don't want me, honey

- Thank you.


please let me know

But if you don't

want me that bad


please let me know

Hi, Murray.

Yes, l was wondering if my father

came to pick up his mail yet.

He hasn't ? No, that's fine.

Thank you. Bye-bye.

- Hello, pretty lady.

- Leave me the hell alone.

We'll take the wallet.

How about a little

extra, honey ?

You having fun ?

Why don't you do yourself

a favor, boy ?

l think the favor

gonna be done for you.

lt's okay.

l said get lost.

Now, take your big stick

and your boyfriend...

and find a bus to catch.

Oh, this guy's funny.

Come on, let's go !

Let's go ! Come on !

You know, it's a shame. This

used to be such a nice part of town.

Next time be more careful

when you show your wallet.

Without cops, the city stops !

Without cops,

the city stops !

Without cops,

the city stops !

Without cops,

the city stops !

Without cops,

the city stops !

Without cops,

the city stops !

Without cops, the city stops !

- Come on, let's hurry now !

- Without cops, the city stops !

- Will the strike end soon ?

- Here you go.

Without cops,

the city stops !

Without cops,

the city stops !

Without cops,

the city stops !

Without cops,

the city stops !

Happy birthday to me.

Excuse me.

- Can l help you ?

- Yeah. l need to fill out

a missing person report.

Look, l just pulled a double shift.

Why don't you catch me tomorrow.


Why don't you catch me now.

- What is the name

of the missing individual ?

- Douglas Charles Binder.


of reporting party ?


- Okay. You got a picture ?

- Mm-hmm.

- Got something a little more recent ?

- Oh, no, l don't.

See, my parents

were divorced 20 years ago.

- You got an address ?

- l think my father was homeless.

l didn't even know myself...

u-until l just

came down here.

Look, um, l'm not sure

what you want me to do here.

l want you

to take my report.

Well, generally, in order

to be considered missing,

you need somewhere

to be missing from.


lf you're too busy

to do your job, Detective,

then l'll find somebody

who isn't so busy.


You wanna find your father,

take my advice:
canvas the missions,

ask at the shelters,

but, um,

get somebody who knows the city

to show you around...

or l'll be filling out

one of these on you.

Hey, you're welcome.

All right,

pipe down and listen up.

We got 12 positions this morning,

Able Seaman or better.

When l call your name, come into

the office, show your papers,

and you'll get your ship.

Here we go. First man,

Gombas, Luigi. Able Seaman.

- Right here.

- Walker, Steven. Second Engineer.

- Hi.

- Leslie, Francis R.

- They told me at the cafe

that you might be down here.

- Seeler, D. Master.

l need to talk to you

about something.

- l don't think this is a good time now.

- Walters, Nichols D.

- Yeah.

- Able Seaman.

How'd you, um,

like to work for me ?

- l'll pay you $100 a day.

- Third Mate. Stevens, Frank G.

- For doing what ?

- For $100, does it really matter ?

Actually, it does.

Yeah. lt does.

Look, l really need you

to help me find someone.

Jales, Bill. Cook.

You know this city, you obviously

can take care of yourself.

Boudreaux, C. Able Seaman.

l would like to

help you, darling.

- Looks like l'm gonna be out of town.

- Bakelman, Fats.

- Way out of town.

- Able Seaman.



Thought you got blackballed...

about that thing with,

uh, Captain McDonald.

- That was a big misunderstanding.

- Right.

Broke his damn jaw

is what l heard.

You make sure l said

a big ''hello.''

Whoa. Wait a minute.

Johnson says

l was reinstated.

With the company.

Not with the union.

You owe some dues here,


- 217 bucks.

- l'll pay that off on this cruise.

No. Nobody ships out if they're

in arrears, you know that.

- How am l gonna pay my dues

if l can't get the job ?

- l don't make the rules, mate.

Look, your ride doesn't sail

'til the end of the week.

lf l can get the money,

then what ?

Then l'll let you

ship out.

l'll get the money.

Keep goin'.

Take it back. Yeah.

Bring it, bring it,

bring it, bring it.

Okay, down.

So, this guy you're looking for,

he owes you money or something ?

- He's my father.

- Okay, l change my mind.

l'll help you for two days,

you'll pay me $217.

lt's a deal.

- You can drive.

- l...

don't have

a driver's license, ma'am.

So, what's your name ?

Chance Boudreaux.

What's your name ?

lt's Nat.

Nat ?

Your parents name you

for a... bug ?

No, actually,

it's short for Natasha.


What kind of a name

is Chance ?

Well, my mama took one.

So how did you lose

your papa ?

My parents, um, they got divorced

when l was seven and my father--

Well, he moved away.

We started to write and

he even called me a couple of times.

Three weeks ago

the letters just stopped.

l've got a friend here

who can help us.

You check the line,

l'll look around inside.

Hey, you don't have

a bottle of hot sauce on ya, do ya ?

- Elijah. What's happening ?

- Hi.

Wednesday meat loaf.

l mean, they said

it was meat loaf.

- l thought you were gonna get a ship.

- l lost my boarding pass.

l've got something

to show you.

You two know each other ?

- We met yesterday.

Have you seen my father ?

- l saw the next best thing.

l was over at

Plaza D'ltalia yesterday...

and l saw this sleeping bag

in a cart.

lt was a tiger stripe, like the kind

they used to issue to Recon guys.

Your daddy had one

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Chuck Pfarrer

Charles Patrick "Chuck" Pfarrer, III is an American novelist, screenwriter, and former U.S. Navy SEAL from Biloxi, Mississippi, USA. more…

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