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On Deadly Ground (1994)

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Average Rating: 2.1/10
Critic Reviews: 7
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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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This is a vanity production parading as a social statement.

February 25, 2009 Full Review Source: 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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You can't preach about preserving the environment and make movies full of sludge.

May 20, 2003 Full Review Source: New York Times
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The less said about Joan Chen, the better. To say that her talents are wasted is to understate the matter.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: ReelViews
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Martial arts maven Seagal has long been on deadly ground with critics, and this, his directorial debut, is likely to keep him there.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Washington Post
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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
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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
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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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I mean, if you do rent it, and I don't reccomend you do, make sure you just skip the last 10 minutes.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: rec.arts.movies.reviews
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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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One of the most despised motion pictures, not just among Steven Seagal's works, but also in entire movie history.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: rec.arts.movies.reviews
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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
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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.
September 10, 2009
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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
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    1. Homer Carlton: You better watch it, sweetheart. Talking like that'll get you killed.
    – Submitted by russell b (14 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 (14 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 (14 months ago)
    1. Forrest Taft: Anybody else want to play with cupcake?
    – Submitted by russell b (14 months ago)
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