March 1, 1991

The Hard Way

John Moss: You're not gonna learn what it means to be a cop by eating hot dogs and picking your teeth and asking stupid questions. We live this job. It's something we are, not something we do! Every time a cop walks up to a car and has to give a speeding ticket, he know he may have to kill someone or be killed himself. That's not something you step into by strapping on a rubber gun and riding around all day. You get to go back to your million dollar beach house, and your bimbos, and your blow jobs, and you get seventeen takes to get it right. We get one take. It lasts our whole lives. We mess it up (snaps) and we're dead.
Nick Lang: [picking up a tape recorder] Fuck was that great! Can you just say that one more time for me, please?

Directed by John Badham, one of my favorite directors of the 1980s no one talks about. He's been directing only TV since 2003, but he had a great string of action movies in his earlier days: After breaking out with the blockbuster Saturday Night Fever, he directed Blue Thunder (which kicked off the helicopter craze of the early 80s); WarGames, Short Circuit (which I was very fond of but isn't actually that good); Stakeout (a buddy cop movie I like as well as Lethal Weapon or 48 HRS); and Another Stakeout, plus misfires Bird on a Wire, Point of No Return, Drop Zone, and Nick of Time.