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Hard to Kill is a 1990 Action Thriller film directed by Bruce Malmuth, starring Steven Seagal (as Mason Storm), Kelly LeBrock (as Andy Stewart), William Sadler (as Vernon Trent) and Frederick Coffin (as Kevin O'Malley).

Mason Storm is a Los Angeles police detective, who uncovers a high-level web of political corruption and murder. When he finds out too much he's targeted by corrupt cops of his own force who kill his wife and leave in a coma. Reawakening from his coma 7 years later and goes on a rampage against the people that ruined his life.


Tropes used in this film:

  • And This Is for...: When Storm stabs Axel in his neck with a pool stick and kicks him down to his death saying this:
    Storm: That's for my wife. Fuck you and die.
  • Artistic License – Biology: Storm's awakening from a seven-year-long coma had him as being alert and able to speak within a matter of minutes, although in reality, the process could take many months or years. And let's not forget his quickly relearned ability to walk, run and fight...
  • Awesome McCoolname: Mason Storm.
  • Bad Guys Play Pool: Storm interrupts the bad guys after they just started playing.
  • Bigger Is Better in Bed: Implied by Andy when she takes a peeks at the comatose Mason under the sheets.
    Andy: "You've got so much to live for" *lifts his sheets and wriggling her eyebrows suggestively* Please wake up."
  • Big "NO!":
    • Happens when Storm sees his wife being murdered before his eyes.
    • Also done by Vernon when Storm is about to pull the trigger on the shotgun shooting his balls, missing on purpose.
  • Catchphrase: Senator Trent's "you can take that to the bank". His use of the phrase during his public appearances helps Mason to go after him.
  • Convenient Coma: Part of the premise is that Mason falls into a coma after being fatally shot and wakes up for his Roaring Rampage of Revenge 7 years later.
  • Cowboy Cop: Before his coma, Storm had no problem beating the crap out of a bunch of robbers (though it should be noted they literally shot the store clerk to death in front of him and weren't very subtle about doing the same to him). Averted after his coma, since he's been believed to be dead for years and no longer has any real authority.
  • Cruel Mercy: After roughing up the villain anyway, Mason tells him "Death is far too merciful a fate for you. So what I'm going to do is put you in prison. A nice petite white boy like you in a federal penitentiary... now let me just put it this way: I don't think you'll be able to remain anal-retentive for very long."
  • Death by Falling Over: Hulland sure did die pretty easily after being briefly choked with his own tie and the dropped on the floor, didn't he?
  • Dirty Cop: Most of Mason's co-workers are all under Senator Trent's payroll.
  • Double Entendre: Nurse Andy asks a comatose Mason if he wanted some pussy... then shows him a kitten.
  • Dude, She's Like, in a Coma!: Andy is very affectionate with Mason while he's in coma. One of the nurses even jokes about him being her boyfriend.
  • Faking the Dead: When O'Malley learns that Mason didn't die on the operating table, he ensures that rest of the world believes that he did.
  • Gender-Blender Name: Andy, Mason new Love Interest after he wakes up from the coma.
  • Groin Attack: Mason pretends to shoot Trent on the balls, but deliberately misses and quips that they must be smaller than he thought. Then he knees him.
  • HA HA HA— No: After the robber blasts the store merchant with his shotgun:
    Robber: [laughs manically then gets serious] Now you only got half a mind.
  • Hospital Hottie: Andy, the nurse taking care of Mason during his coma. She becomes his Love Interest after he wakes up.
  • Internal Affairs: O'Malley, who as a friend of Mason, is portrayed positively.
  • Interrupted Intimacy: Mason and his wife Felicia are attacked by the Dirty Cops while in bed.
  • Modesty Bed Sheet: Felicia covers herself with on when the Dirty Cops barge in her in naked in bed. It preserves her modesty, but it doesn't protect her from their bullets.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Andy, played by Kelly LeBrock, who was also married to Steven Seagal at the time, could also qualify her as a Mrs. Fanservice. Seagal did alright himself for the time, by the way.
  • Neck Snap: During a fight with one of the guys that's responsible for killing his wife, Storm finishes him off with a neck snap with the public watching.
  • Reports of My Death Were Greatly Exaggerated: Mason Storm was assumed dead after an attempt on his life by hitmen. And then, seven years later...
  • Second Love: Andy is this to Mason, his murdered wife Felicia being the first.
  • Signature Line: Delivered by Mason to a television appearance of Trent. "I'm gonna take you to the bank, Senator Trent. To the blood bank."
  • Sleazy Politician: Senator Vernon Trent, the man who put the hit on Mason, his partner, and his family.
  • Toplessness from the Back: Felicia is shot topless from the back when making love with her husband.
  • Training Montage: Mason's training after waking up from the coma.
  • Would Hurt a Child: The dirty cops have no problem about trying to kill Mason's son, Sonny.


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