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Love the Hard Way (2001)

The story of a petty thief who meets an innocent young woman and brings her into his world of crime while she teaches him the lessons of enjoying life and being loved.

Director:

Peter Sehr

Writers:

Shuo Wang (novel) (as Wang Shuo), Peter Sehr (screenplay) | 1 more credit »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Adrien Brody ... Jack Grace
Charlotte Ayanna ... Claire Harrison
Jon Seda ... Charlie
August Diehl ... Jeff
Pam Grier ... Det. Linda Fox
Liza Jessie Peterson Liza Jessie Peterson ... Pam
Elizabeth Regen ... Sue
Katherine Moennig ... Debbie
Joey Kern ... Fitzgerald
Jonathan Hadary ... Boris
Michael G. Chin Michael G. Chin ... Asian Businessman #1
Ben Wang Ben Wang ... Asian Businessman #2
Huan Wang Huan Wang ... Asian Businessman #3
Ned Stresen-Reuter Ned Stresen-Reuter ... Brian
Michaela Conlin ... Cara, Jack's Lover
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Storyline

The story of a petty thief who meets an innocent young woman and brings her into his world of crime while she teaches him the lessons of enjoying life and being loved.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Genres:

Drama | Crime | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sexual content, language and violence | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

Germany | USA

Language:

English | Spanish | German | French | Russian

Release Date:

27 March 2003 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Amar al límite See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,721, 8 June 2003

Gross USA:

$44,391

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$111,350
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Quotes

Jack: What kind of movies do you prefer, the ones with the sad endings or the happy ones?
Claire: The sad ones definitely. I like movies that make me cry.
Jack: Then you're with the right guy.
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Alternate Versions

Current prints available have two on-screen copyright statements: 2001 listing the 2 copyright owners and "2003 final cut." The initial showings at various film festivals in 2001 and 2002 were obviously different than the final 2003 theatrical released version. See more »

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References Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome (1985) See more »

Soundtracks

Bronx Blocks
Performed by Peter Gunz
Written by Peter Gunz
Courtesy of Gunz Music, Inc.
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A Beautifully Realistic Love Story
11 May 2004 | by HemilySee all my reviews

This is a must for every Adrien Brody fan out there. Despite the dismal reviews this little known movie received, this movie is a true gem. Set in New York, Adrien plays Jack, a streetsmart con man who with his partner,Charlie, played by John Seda, rip off foreign businessman. Their actress friends pretend to be hookers, and seduce the businessmen, then Jack and Charlie break in dressed as policemen and make a fake arrest. In private, Jack is hard at work writing a novel, and frequently visits a run down movie theater where he meets Claire, played by Charlotte Ayanna. Claire is a "good girl" graduate student who eagerly ignores warnings not to date Jack. Jack is drawn to her innocence, while she is drawn to his charms and cleverness. Their first date begins with a pleasent little dinner and ends with a night of steamy sex in Jack's bed. From here the relationship becomes doomed. As the police slowly close in on Jack and Charlie, Jack does everything possible to end the relationship with Claire, it is at this point that they both begin to self-distruct. Their self-distruction leads them down a path that becomes a serious dose of reality for Claire and Jack. It's a story of love, jealousy, sex, betrayal, crime, suicide, it's a realistic love story and a lesson of everything that should not happen in a relationship.

Adrien Brody is outstanding in this one, and Charlotte Ayanna is also good. This is truely one of Adrien's best.


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