Hard Target

Still of Lance Henriksen and Arnold Vosloo in Hard TargetStill of Jean-Claude Van Damme, Yancy Butler and Wilford Brimley in Hard TargetStill of Jean-Claude Van Damme in Hard TargetStill of Yancy Butler in Hard TargetStill of Jean-Claude Van Damme and Yancy Butler in Hard TargetStill of Lance Henriksen in Hard Target


A woman hires a drifter as her guide through New Orleans in search of her father, who has gone missing. They discover a deadly game of cat and mouse behind his disappearance in the process.

Release Year: 1993

Rating: 5.8/10 (17,888 voted)

John Woo

Stars: Jean-Claude Van Damme, Lance Henriksen, Yancy Butler

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?


Jean-Claude Van Damme

Chance Boudreaux

Lance Henriksen

Emil Fouchon

Yancy Butler

Natasha 'Nat' Binder

Wilford Brimley

Uncle Douvee

Kasi Lemmons

Det. Marie Mitchell

Arnold Vosloo

Pik van Cleef

Robert Apisa

Mr. Lopacki

Chuck Pfarrer

Douglas Binder

Douglas Forsythe Rye


Mike Leinert


Lenore Banks


Willie C. Carpenter

Elijah Roper

Barbara Tasker


Randy Cheramie

Shop Steward

Eliott Keener

Randal Poe

Don't hunt what you can't kill.

Release Date: 20 August 1993

Filming Locations: 2100 Chartres St, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $18,000,000


Opening Weekend: $10,106,500
(20 August 1993)

Gross: $74,189,677

Technical Specs


(cut version)

(Director's Cut)

(Workprint Version)

Did You Know?


Kurt Russell was considered for the title role.


During the opening sequence, when Binder falls through the wood, you can see an arrow stuck in his thigh even though no-one fired at him there.


Chance Boudreaux:
Grab the bar!

User Review

Don't watch what you can't enjoy!


Typical of the absurd criticism comes the way of most any Van Damme film is
a reviewer I noticed below, who protractedly raves on paragraph after
paragraph about nothing more incidental than the credibility-challenging
motor cycle sequence. Jesus wept, what the hell does it matter whether such
is possible or not? Is the freeway chase in THE MATRIX or TERMINATOR 3
likely? We go to the movies primarily to be entertained….to take a step
into a world where reality takes a rain-check half the time! HARD TARGET is
right up there with Van Damme's best work, and yes he DOES work. Personally
I consider it his best film. Being Woo's first American outing, he
creatively put a lot into this. Although scaled down, I found it equally as
entertaining as FACE OFF, which like BROKEN ARROW, offered insane,
impossible but FUN action sequences.

HARD TARGET is a stylistic film that although admittedly ripped off from THE
some superb sequencies. Van Damme is NOT wooden, he's not one half-bad Cajun
with a real bad attitude. Matter of fact, HARD TARGET succeeds because it
has that one vital spark necessary to any worthwhile flick – interesting
characters! Vosloo (Before THE MUMMY) is absolutely great as Henriksen's
right hand man. A professional killer with no shred of decency. Er, thats
what a killer is SUPPOSED to be! When he utters that line "Randall,
Randall, Randall!" you just know that Randall is about to have a real bad
day! Henriksen chews up the film as the soul-less Fouchon….he even goes
out with class…

Yancy Butler is not one to ignore either. Spunky little thing who took her
charisma to another level in DROP ZONE! And dear old Wilf Brimley as
Chance's reliable and feisty Uncle. He almost steals the

If you don't like this one you're really hard to please and if you wanna
complain about Van Damme's acting again? for God's sake go watch THE ENGLISH