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On Deadly Ground (1994)


Average Rating: 2.6/10
Reviews Counted: 30
Fresh: 3
Rotten: 27

Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.

Average Rating: 2.9/10
Reviews Counted: 9
Fresh: 1
Rotten: 8

Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.


Average Rating: 2.5/5
User Ratings: 32,833



Movie Info

Jennings (Michael Caine), a corrupt company owner will stop at nothing to open a new refinery in Alaska. Forrest Taft (Steven Seagal), a disgruntled former employee is chosen by an Eskimo chief as savior of his people. Forrest's mission is to prevent the new refinery from beginning work before the land rights are returned to the Eskimos.

Mystery & Suspense , Action & Adventure
Directed By:
Written By:
Ed Horowitz , Robin U. Russin , David S. Goyer , Richard Friedenberg , Chris Gerolmo
In Theaters:
May 18, 1999
Warner Home Video


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Critic Reviews for On Deadly Ground

All Critics (30) | Top Critics (9) | Fresh (3) | Rotten (27) | DVD (2)

What a Renaissance Man, that Steven Seagal. He lumbers, he sermonizes, he directs!

Full Review… | September 5, 2014
Philadelphia Inquirer
Top Critic

Unfortunately Seagal, who also makes his directing debut with this script, is no match for Caine. His on-screen personality is petulant and humorless, his voice so grating you want to reach for a mute button.

Full Review… | September 5, 2014
Seattle Times
Top Critic

Although you could certainly wish that Seagal and his writers... could have found less preachy ways to express themselves, On Deadly Ground is otherwise lively entertainment for action fans.

Full Review… | September 5, 2014
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

''I didn't want to resort to violence. I didn't have a choice,'' [Seagal] says; a greater man might have said, ''Make my day.''

Full Review… | September 7, 2011
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

This is a vanity production parading as a social statement.

Full Review… | February 25, 2009
Top Critic

In contrast to his short, sharp fighting style, Seagal's presentation of the human conflicts and underlying issues consists of vague, sweeping gestures.

Full Review… | January 26, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

They may have to write a new book of Ecclesiastes to account for this one: the old "Vanity of Vanities, All is Vanity" just doesn't go far enough.

Full Review… | September 5, 2014
Baltimore Sun

The fuzzy thinking allows for gorgeous outdoor photography and a few too many dead spots, but Seagal the director shows real muscle by staging one of the screen's best-ever exploding helicopters.

Full Review… | September 5, 2014
Empire Magazine

On Deadly Ground is a pip. Beautifully photographed by Ric Waite and handsomely produced, it surely is the most ambitious and the best Seagal movie to date.

Full Review… | September 5, 2014
South Florida Sun-Sentinel

Seagal the director shows that he has picked up the odd trick or two from the action specialists who made his name, but his impassioned green speeches will have viewers reaching for the remote control.

Full Review… | September 5, 2014
Radio Times

As a performer, Seagal is singularly lacking in grace and charisma. As a director, he more than lives up to his ham-fisted acting.

Full Review… | February 25, 2009
TV Guide's Movie Guide

A vanity project in the strongest sense of the term, this film has it all: bad acting, bad writing, bad direction, bad action sequences.

Full Review… | January 1, 2004

Just what the world needs, environmental lessons from Steven Seagal.

July 26, 2002
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)

In the end, you want a good movie with message about ecology and how to preserve human nature? Forget it; go to a Green peace conference.

Full Review… | March 24, 2002

Seagal's character -- whose name is Forrest! -- blows up so much of the Alaskan ecology, one wonders why he's so concerned about oil spills.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

Certain things must be answered, like Seagal's environmental lip service that is utterly mocked by the movie's need to blow things up and destroy property.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Austin Chronicle

The ultimate problem with any Steven Seagal project is that it must inevitably star Steven Seagal.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000

Audience Reviews for On Deadly Ground


"On Deadly Ground" is definitely not one of Steven Seagal's best movies. In this movie, he stars as an oil rig worker who is environmentally concerned, and he ends up going against his employer who is searching for him.
"On Deadly Ground" does have a plot, but not that great of one and that's really where the movie suffers. If it would've had a better storyline, it could've been a great movie. The action and fighting sequences in the movie are well done. It also has good special effects. The scenery in the movie is another good thing about it with the snowcapped mountains all through the movie.

All in all, "On Deadly Ground" does have some mildly entertaining action sequences, but overall it's just an average movie. I'd recommend getting other Steven Seagal movies such as either one of the "Under Siege" movies before I'd recommend getting this one. NOTE: That was my Amazon review from the year 2001.

Jason Owens

Super Reviewer

An environmental message wrapped up in a typical Seagal movie. Michael Caine is in this, but then again so are half the movies ever made and he still manages to put in a great performance as the heartless and overall asshole Michael Jennings. This has a good cast in it and means well, but that doesn't always equal a great movie.

Derek Daniels

Super Reviewer

Oh Michael Caine...I guess everyone needs a little coke and whore money.

Ken Stachnik

Super Reviewer

I see director-star Steven Seagal has come up with a martial arts movie with an environmental message.

Dean McKenna

Super Reviewer

On Deadly Ground Quotes

Homer Carlton:
You better watch it, sweetheart. Talking like that'll get you killed.
– Submitted by russell b (20 months ago)
My guy in D.C. tells me that we are not dealing with a student here, we're dealing with the Professor. Any time the military has an operation that can't fail, they call this guy in to train the troops. He's the kind of guy that would drink a gallon of gasoline so he could piss in your campfire! You could drop this guy off at the Arctic Circle wearing a pair of bikini underwear, without his toothbrush, and tomorrow afternoon he's going to show up at your pool side with a million dollar smile and fist full of pesos. This guy's a professional, you got me?
– Submitted by russell b (20 months ago)
Hugh Palmer:
You use to be a good man Forrest. Now, you're nothing but a whore!
Forrest Taft:
For $350,000, I'll fuck anything once!
– Submitted by russell b (20 months ago)
Forrest Taft:
Anybody else want to play with cupcake?
– Submitted by russell b (20 months ago)

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