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On Deadly Ground (1994)

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

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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. ~ Linda Rasmussen, Rovi

May 18, 1999

Warner Home Video

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

September 5, 2014 Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer
Philadelphia Inquirer
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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.

September 5, 2014 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
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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.

September 5, 2014 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles Times
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''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.''

September 7, 2011 Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly
Entertainment Weekly
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This is a vanity production parading as a social statement.

February 25, 2009 Full Review Source: Variety
Variety
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In contrast to his short, sharp fighting style, Seagal's presentation of the human conflicts and underlying issues consists of vague, sweeping gestures.

January 26, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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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.

September 5, 2014 Full Review Source: Baltimore Sun
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.

September 5, 2014 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
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.

September 5, 2014 Full Review Source: South Florida Sun-Sentinel
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.

September 5, 2014 Full Review Source: Radio Times
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.

February 25, 2009 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
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.

January 1, 2004 Full Review Source: TheMovieReport.com
TheMovieReport.com

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.

March 24, 2002 Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com
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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.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City
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.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

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

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: rec.arts.movies.reviews
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Audience Reviews for On Deadly Ground

Oh Michael Caine...I guess everyone needs a little coke and whore money.
May 6, 2007
kenstachnik

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I see director-star Steven Seagal has come up with a martial arts movie with an environmental message.
March 22, 2007
deano
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    1. Homer Carlton: You better watch it, sweetheart. Talking like that'll get you killed.
    – Submitted by russell b (19 months ago)
    1. Stone: 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 (19 months ago)
    1. Hugh Palmer: You use to be a good man Forrest. Now, you're nothing but a whore!
    2. Forrest Taft: For $350,000, I'll fuck anything once!
    – Submitted by russell b (19 months ago)
    1. Forrest Taft: Anybody else want to play with cupcake?
    – Submitted by russell b (19 months ago)
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