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Hardware (1990)

The head of a cyborg reactivates and rebuilds itself and goes on a violent rampage in a space marine's girlfriend's apartment.

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In the future, a nuclear war has transformed the Earth into a radioactive wasteland where the sea has dried up leaving it as a post-apocalyptic desert. In the desert, A desert scavenger named Nomad discovers a robotic head, arriving in New York City, A space marine named Moses Baxter buys the robotic head from Nomad as a Christmas present for his girlfriend Jill Grakowski, who decides to use it for one of her sculptures. But all hell starts breaking loose, when the robotic head is activated and begins to rebuilt itself. When Alvy, a junkyard dealer discover the robotic head is a Mark 13, a military cyborg of a project that was abandoned. Moses learns Jill's life is in danger, as the Mark 13 cyborg goes on a violent rampage in Jill's apartment as Jill has become the the prime target for extermination. Written by Daniel Williamson

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Rated R for strong violence, sexuality and language | See all certifications »

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14 September 1990 (USA)  »

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$1,500,000 (estimated)

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$2,381,285 (USA) (16 September 1990)

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$5,728,953 (USA)
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The nomad who unearths the MARK-13 robot is played by Carl McCoy, lead singer of the goth rock band Fields of the Nephilim, for whom Richard Stanley had previously directed two music videos and designed an album cover. According to him, McCoy's character in "Hardware" is basically the same as it was in the Nephilim work. The character, then titled Preacher Man, had a prostethic hand, yellow contact lenses and wore an old black coat with a cowboy hat. See more »

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After Jill attacks it with the buzz-saw, the Mark 13 steps back: if you look closely, you can see the legs of the man underneath the droid suit. The same thing can be seen towards the end as Jill and the robot are entering the bathroom. See more »

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Lincoln Wineberg Jr.: Oh we all walk the Wibberly-Wobberly walk.
Lincoln Wineberg Jr.: And we all talk the Wibberly-Wobberly talk.
Lincoln Wineberg Jr.: And all we all wear Wibberly-Wobberly ties.
Lincoln Wineberg Jr.: And we look at all the pretty girls with Wibberly-Wobberly eyes.
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The Order of Death
Written by John Lydon, Keith Levene and Martin Atkins
Performed by Public Image Ltd.
Published by EMI Songs Ltd/Virgin Music (Publishers) Ltd/Complete Music Ltd.
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This movie is not as bad as it sounds
21 March 2000 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

This is a very cool little sci-fi flick. OK, it's no Aliens, but it has a lot of really interesting things happening. First off it has a slick look, filmed very well by first time director/writer Richard Stanley, a lot of strobes and brilliant colour give it a perfect setting for the `robot goes crazy' plot. I also liked the post-apocalyptic landscape, which I think worked well along with Iggy Pop's narration as `Angry Bob'. It takes a little while to build, but the ending packs a decent punch, along with just enough gratuitous violence to keep me happy. There are also plenty of religious references and imagery to look for, all centering around the `MARK 13 Cyborg.' So, if you like sci-fi, I think you should give this movie a try, it's a pretty cool ride with some very cool imagery.


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