On Deadly Ground

1994

On Deadly Ground (1994)

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Action star Steven Seagal makes his directorial debut in this environmentally conscious actioner. He also stars as a former government operative who heads into the Alaskan wilderness to protect land sacred to the Eskimos from the rapacious dealings of an oil company 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!

Sep 5, 2014 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…

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.

Sep 5, 2014 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…

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.

Sep 5, 2014 | Full Review…

''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.''

Sep 7, 2011 | Rating: F | Full Review…

This is a vanity production parading as a social statement.

Feb 25, 2009
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.

Jan 26, 2006 | Full Review…
Time Out
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Audience Reviews for On Deadly Ground

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"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
Jason Owens

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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
Derek Daniels

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

Ken Stachnik
Ken Stachnik

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

Dean McKenna
Dean McKenna

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