On Deadly Ground (1994) - Rotten Tomatoes

On Deadly Ground (1994)



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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.more
Rating: R
Genre: Mystery & Suspense, Action & Adventure
Directed By:
Written By: Ed Horowitz, Robin U. Russin, Ed Horowitz, David S. Goyer, Richard Friedenberg
In Theaters:
On DVD: May 18, 1999
Warner Home Video


Steven Seagal
as Forrest Taft
Michael Caine
as Michael Jennings
Billy Bob Thornton
as Homer Carlton
Richard Hamilton
as Hugh Palmer
Elsie Pistolhead
as Takanapsaluk
John Trudell
as Johnny Redfeather
Mike Starr
as Big Mike
Jules Desjarlais
as Drunken Eskimo
Moses Wassillie
as Jospeh Ittok
as Rook
Todd Beadle
as Collins
Ivan Kane
as Spinks
Rick Jones
as Villager
Arisa Wolf
as Makeup Girl
Carlotta Chang
as Dream Girl
Joe Lala
as Guard
Jim Farnum
as Reporter
Webster Whinery
as Independent
David Paris
as Helicopter Pilot
Gary Farrell
as Helicopter Pilot
Debbie Houk
as Bar Girl
Brian Simpson
as Mr. Bear
Craig Ryan Ng
as 2nd Worker
Nicole Mier
as 1st Little Girl
Summer Holmstrand
as 2nd Little Girl
Billie Jo Price
as Mother of 1st Girl
Patrick Gorman
as Oil Executive
Chris Dunn
as Oil Executive
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Critic Reviews for On Deadly Ground

All Critics (30) | Top Critics (9)

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

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

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